The Life & Times of Michael K
Julia Leigh has written in today's Indie on her book of a lifetime. It is The Life and Times of Michael K, by J.M. Coetzee. I read it about five years ago, wanting to read something different and not on the uni reading list after I had just finished my first year and it too made such an impact. So much so that I dug out all of Coetzee and read most of him during the summer of 2003 - Disgrace, Foe, Here Come the Barbarians, Boyhood, Youth, etc, (I haven't been able to get into the latest, Slow Man) and they were all brilliant, but The Life and Times of Michael K was the true gem that outshines them all and that alone made Coetzee, in my view, a nobel winner.