Boyhood

Childhood memories in South Africa written in 3rd person and yet still intimate tales. Moving from Cape Town to the small town of Worchester, where he pretends to be Catholic at school in order to skip out on the Christian services. Eternal fear of the large and brutal Afrikaans boys, of being found out not to be English but also Afrikaans. The feeling of belonging to the farm (his uncle’s), long walks with his cousin Agnes, watching the sheep get shorn, detailing the complicated feelings of having servants and navigating how to interact with them properly.


auth=Coetzee, J.M.
pub=1997
sub=Scenes from Provincial Life
isbn=0670872202