Boyhood: Scenes from provincial life by J M Coetzee

In Boyhood, J. M. Coetzee revisits the South Africa of half a century ago, to write about his childhood and interior life. Boyhood's young narrator grew up in a small country town. With a father he imitated but could not respect, and a mother he both adored and resented, he picked his way through a world that refused to explain its rules, but whose rules he knew he must obey. Steering between these contradictions, Boyhood evokes the tensions, delights and terrors of childhood with startling, haunting immediacy. Coetzee examines his young self with the dispassionate curiosity of an explorer rediscovering his own early footprints, and the account of his progress is bright, hard and simply compelling.

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The 1873rd greatest fiction book of all time

This book is on the following lists:

  1. - 7th on A Premature Attempt at the 21st Century Canon (Vulture)

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Name Binding Sales Rank Lowest New Lowest Used Published
Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life Hardcover 1792139 $45.00 $2.55 1997
Boyhood: A Memoir Paperback 5840348 $61.07 $0.99 1998
Infancia / Boyhood: Escenas De Una Vida En Provincias / Scenes from Provincial Life (Spanish Edition) Paperback 17273048 $26.85 2000
Infancia (Spanish Edition) Kindle Edition 947864 2016
Infancia Hardcover 8654565 $15.19 $44.00 2010
Infancia / Boyhood (Spanish Edition) Paperback 8846259 $19.60 2004
Boyhood, Scenes from Provincial Life Hardcover 9528948 $66.44
Boyhood: Scenes from Provincial Life Paperback 301492 $6.01 $1.50 1998