Life & Times of Michael K by J M Coetzee

Set in South Africa during a civil war, the novel follows the journey of Michael K, a simple gardener with a cleft lip. When his mother falls ill, he attempts to take her back to her rural birthplace. After she dies en route, Michael continues the journey alone, struggling to survive in a war-torn landscape, while also being caught up in the bureaucratic red tape of the dystopian society. The story explores themes of freedom, survival, and the human spirit's resilience against adversity.

The 847th greatest book of all time


Published
1983
Nationality
South African
Type
Fiction
Pages
250
Words
58,000
Original Language
English

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