As time passed, however, I slowly began to see the originality of the resistance you offered. You were not a hero and did not pretend to be... In fact, you did not resist at all. When we told you to jump, you jumped. When we told you to jump again, you jumped again. When we told you to jump a third time, however, you did not respond but collapsed in a heap; and we could all see, even the most unwilling of us, that you had failed because you had exhausted your resources in obeying us. So we picked you up, finding that you weighed no more than a sack of feathers, and said: Eat, build up your strength so that you can exhaust it again by obeying us. And you did not refuse.Yeah, I'm expecting this pace to slow down soon. 6 down, 20 to go.
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Book six: Life & Times of Michael K by J.M. Coetzee
Wow. Coetzee is good. Really good. Really, really good. My brother recently described the movie Avatar as The Matrix meets Dances With Wolves. If I were to employ the same technique to this book, I'd say this was an adult version of My Side of the Mountain meets Pincher Martin. (That may or may not help you.) For Michael K, though, wherever he goes, the war follows. There is no escape.