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I just don’t see how it relates to the rest of the novel. Si distingue tra gli altri l’ultima lezione, “Davanti alla porta” – racconto kafkiano. Yes, if you were expecting to show up and listen to some droll essay on animal rights, and instead, the lecturer spiced it up by presenting it within this “fictional framework,” you’d be delighted! Elizabeth Costello, in this book, is an old woman, and a writer.

E questi giganteschi punti etici, comunque la si pensi, ci penzolano sopra la testa come inquetanti spade di Damocle. Or is simply because most present-day wildlife scientists actually do not have a deep understanding or appreciation of the central issues, or if they do, they prefer to keep it to themselves?

Coetzee is just a bad writer.

The last chapter and the postscript were abit of a mystery to me. All that matters is doing the right thing, whether for the right reason or the wrong reason or for no reason at all.

Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity. There is a direct correspondence between what I am willing to do and what the work is willing to give up. I’ve seen the rave reviews, pa obviously Detli not “feelin’ it” right now.

What a talented writer and astute ethicist Singer.

The Lives of Animals

The final lesson, “At the Gate”, is a dream-like sequence in which Costello is somehow being judged and is required to explain her beliefs. But the fact is, if you had wanted someone to come here and discriminate for you between mortal and immortal souls, or between rights and duties, you would have called in a philosopher, not a person whose sole claim to your attention is to have written stories about made-up people.


I felt like I was reading a series of essays than a novel.

Then a few years passed, and I entered that slippery state of “flexitarianism,” which really means, “I eat meat when I want to,” i. So I don’t see the ‘At the Gate’ chapter as any different. However, I dutifully read on. This is a cleverly constructed book. Jan 13, Nora rated it liked it Shelves: Sep 17, Rachel rated it it was ok. I stopped eating meat, for environmental reasons, during my first year of college.

Maar hoewel haar vergelijking totaal misplaatst is, is haar doel enkel om erop te wijzen, dat wij in beide situaties de toeschouwer zijn die niet ingrijpt. But her intelligent and realistic representation was more than enough for her vitality of ideas and sympathetic imagination to leap off the page.

There is no brilliance to this work. Each chapter confronts one of the many innumerable issues that plague humanity: Her son John, a physics and An internationally respected Australian writer in her mid-sixties, Elizabeth Costello is known primarily for her fourth book, The House on Eccles Streetin which she took a minor character from Joyce’s UlyssesMarion Bloom, and created the kind of novel people are still talking about today.

Now the literary world says that all sorts of clever things are happening in this book – philosophy, re-engaging with great modern texts on a different level and also the debate in each chapter of a contentious modern issues including animal rights, sexual identity, death and old age and conflict. If you want proof, consider the following. Feb 18, Jade rated it it was ok Shelves: This is another Odyssey project reading.


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Anyone wanting to read it shall do well to read Kafka’s short stories’Before the law’ and ‘A Report to the academy’. That is why some sort of mental preparation is required. Creating the persona of Costello in this novel of lectures probably originated from the novelist’s need to put some distance between his views and that of the radical ones of his protagonist. Paperbackpages. Perhaps the point was simply to remark on some ideas that Smuts believes Coetzee should have included.

Even if the “how” is similar how they treat animals when compared to the treatment of Holocaust prisonersthe “why” is degki. By the chapter on evil, the book had almost taken off for me, but over the course of the next couple of chapters it had sunk back again into nothingness.

A similar thing occurred when the early English colonists came to Coetzed, and “tested” the Aboriginals by showing them cards of things like trees, and deciding they were stupid because they didn’t know the word “tree”.

They’ve since realised how ridiculous – and even damaging – fita tests really are, and should have ceased using them by now.

Costello later spoke of the deeper, human, role the novelist could embody. Jan 28, Manuel Alfonseca rated it liked it.

It’s possible this is one of those books that requires a second read to fully appreciate. I read this book for my writing course, Our Animal Selves.

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