Sunday, November 11, 2007
Waiting for the Barbarians by James Coetzee
Here is another Coetzee book. I just finished this one last month. It was set in some abstract anywhere colony, could have been anywhere. I like real locations, but that didn't really matter. The book is about colonization. It's about the colonizer and the colonized. It's about politics, ethics, disgrace, violence, and confusion. There is some interesting role reversal. The question this book leaves you with is, "who are the real barbarians?"