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Title: The Jaws of the Trap. "Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons" by J.M. Coetzee. [review]
Authors: Goldsworthy, Kerryn
Keywords: Australian
Book Reviews
James Joyce
Molly Bloom
Western intellectual traditions
The Novel in Africa
Marian Order
The Lives of Animals
Kerryn Goldsworthy
Issue Date: Oct-2003
Publisher: Australian Book Review
Citation: Goldsworthy, Kerryn 2003. The Jaws of the Trap. Review of "Elizabeth Costello: Eight Lessons" by J.M. Coetzee. 'Australian Book Review', No 255, October, 41-42.
Series/Report no.: No 255
Abstract: Something like a double helix of dialectical thinking winds its graceful way through these ‘eight lessons’. Ideas and theories about the nature of human (and other) life and how to live it, about the workings and the relative merits of logic, reason, belief and faith, are sketched, rehearsed, debated and set in opposition to each other throughout these eight episodes in the life of J.M. Coetzee’s heroine. "Elizabeth Costello" is in no way the sort of novel it’s possible to read on the bus. And if you have no interest in animals, or no tolerance for the convolutions of philosophical discourse, or a preference for intricacies of plot and character as the cornerstones of fiction, then it will be a source of ongoing frustration. But otherwise, the scope and lure of its arguments and the elegance of their framing and expression are hypnotic and, in the end, irresistible.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2328/542
ISSN: 0155-2864
Appears in Collections:No 255 - October, 2003

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