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Brilliant book. It's my first Coetzee's reading and I regret not having read anything before. It's amazing how Coetzee concentrate all attention from the beginning to the end. From when things seem normal, until all break apart and fall down, like leaves from a tree. The story has different ramifications: [Attention SPOILERS!] David's affair with an student and its consequences; Lucy's life in a small farm; the rape; the new child; the coexistence with the enemy; and at the end, the work on sacrificing dogs and cats, that gives the final sentence of a sad book about life in the remotest South Africa. And overall, the story of Teresa and lord Byron. It's a magic combination of plots that brings a bitter taste of what Coetzee wants to tell us. It's a sad book. It's a brilliant book.

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