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In Cape Town, South Africa, an old woman is dying of cancer. A classics professor, Mrs. Curren has been opposed to the lies and brutality of apartheid all her life, but has lived insulated from its true horrors. Now she is suddenly forced to come to terms with the iron-hearted rage that the system has wrought. In an extended letter addressed to her daughter, who has long since fled to America, Mrs. Curren recounts the strange events of her dying days. She witnesses the burning of a nearby black township and discovers the bullet-riddled body of her servant's son. A teenage black activist hiding in her house is killed by security forces. And through it all, her only companion, the only person to whom she can confess her mounting anger and despair, is a homeless man, an alcoholic, who one day appears on her doorstep.

Brilliantly crafted and resonant with metaphor, Age of Iron is "a superbly realized novel whose truths cut to the bone." (The New York Times Book Review)

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Set in South Africa, this is the story of a retired university teacher who learns, in the same day, that she is dying of cancer and that she has a vagrant in her yard. The story describes the contrast between the dreams of the old woman and the political and social situation around her.

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In cape Town, South Africa, an old woman is dying of cancer. A classics professor, Mrs. Curren has all her life been opposed to the apartheid system. Now, she is forced to come to terms with the rage to her daughter, Mrs. Curren recounts the strange events of her dying days.

About the Author

Born in Cape Town, South Africa, on February 9, 1940, John Michael Coetzee studied first at Cape Town and later at the University of Texas at Austin, where he earned a Ph.D. degree in literature. In 1972 he returned to South Africa and joined the faculty of the University of Cape Town. His works of fiction include Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, which won South Africa's highest literary honor, the Central News Agency Literary Award, and the Life and Times of Michael K., for which Coetzee was awarded his first Booker Prize in 1983. He has also published a memoir, Boyhood: Scenes From a Provincial Life, and several essays collections. He has won many other literary prizes including the Lannan Award for Fiction, the Jerusalem Prize and The Irish Times International Fiction Prize. In 1999 he again won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize for Disgrace, becoming the first author to win the award twice in its 31-year history. In 2003, Coetzee was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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idongesit, June 2, 2009 (view all comments by idongesit)
Coetzee's Age of Iron is a continuous reminder of tales of woes that bedeviled and still continues to adversely affect the native blacks and coloured peoples of Southern Africa. It is a novel that tasks everyone, with a sense of humanity, to refrain from racism, tribalism, segregation ,and other forms of injustices that continue to threaten the peaceful co-existence between people of different races.
The brutal killings by the police is an indictment of law agencies on the need to have respect for fundamental human rights and also a need for democratic/lawful processes in carrying out their duties.
I find this novel very interestng in its portrayal of the author's resistance against societal and cultural segregation that have resulted in loss of lives and properties.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140275650
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Coetzee, J. M.
Location:
New York, N.Y., U.S.A. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Cancer
Subject:
South Africa
Subject:
Cancer -- Patients -- Fiction.
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Cancer -- Patients.
Subject:
Women - South Africa - Cape Town
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series Volume:
no. 183
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
7.66x5.24x.56 in. .37 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , Set in South Africa, this is the story of a retired university teacher who learns, in the same day, that she is dying of cancer and that she has a vagrant in her yard. The story describes the contrast between the dreams of the old woman and the political and social situation around her.
"Synopsis" by , In cape Town, South Africa, an old woman is dying of cancer. A classics professor, Mrs. Curren has all her life been opposed to the apartheid system. Now, she is forced to come to terms with the rage to her daughter, Mrs. Curren recounts the strange events of her dying days.

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