Scenes from Provincial Life II
Viking Adult, Hardcover, 9780670031023
Publication Date: July 8, 2002
Arriving at last in London, however, he finds neither poetry nor romance. Instead he succumbs to the monotony of life as a computer programmer, from which random, loveless affairs offer no relief. Devoid of inspiration, he stops writing. An awkward colonial, a constitutional outsider, he begins a dark pilgrimage in which he is continually tested and continually found wanting.
Set against the background of the 1960s -- Sharpeville, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and Vietnam -- Youth is a remarkable portrait of a consciousness, isolated and adrift, turning in on itself. J. M. Coetzee explores a young man's struggle to find his way in the world with tenderness and a fierce clarity.