Coetzee's second Booker Prize winning novel, "Disgrace". recently made the Telegraph's list of 100 novels everyone should read, an honourable title for one of the few contemporary books on the list.
Previously, during an English class at university, I had read Coetzee's "Waiting for the Barbarians", and whilst I had found it enjoyable, I had not been overly astounded by it. "Disgrace is another matter altogether.
The characterisation of David Lurie is, quite simply, exquisite. His transformation, both physically and mentally from a young, cocky guy, full of his own self importance, and a maverick with the ladies, through a middle aged gent who is forced to steal the odd affair where he can, to a deformed old man, who is almost forced into sleeping with a woman he freely admits, physically repulses him, is truly spellbounding.
The story itself, is equally gripping, from David's stupidity, to his disgrace, and his attempts to rebuild his life, which are viciously snatched away, you will find that you cannot put the book down.
I read this book in less than a day, such is the gripping manner with which the story, and the lead character hold youreyes to the pages.
This is a book everyone should read.