A great many reviewers that I respect rated this book 4 or 5 stars and I hate to be the contrarian, but in this case, I really did not like this book. It is my first read of Coetzee, and his writing style was impressive. But for this book, I found nothing to enjoy. The main character was simply dreadful as a person, and the people that were a part of his life had few redeeming qualities. I kept waiting for some happy moment or some personality turnaround, but it never happened. The story itself never truly built to a climax - it simply just kept moving along. I don't want to say much more because I don't want to give anything away, but I finished this book feeling frustrated.