I was hoping for a while that this film would be aired on cable. Now, don't know.
But I am very glad I read the book last summer. Really made the summer for me -- just learning all I could about South Africa and JM Coetzee. Important topic and wanted to see all the actors who contributed to the final product. Wanted to listen to Johnny talk about the role, about Coetzee and what he liked or didn't like about the film.
It's a fairly quick read. Not at all challenging. It's the depth, the full understanding, the complexity of what Coetzee was saying.
i read the book as well, and it was strange- while reading it, it didn't really hit me until I was nearly done with it. I actually started to feel it was a little boring, but then when I finished it, I couldn't stop thinking about it for a very long time. Firefly, I started lurking on your book club and really enjoyed your background things, but I don't think I ever finished the thread. I should go back sometime and read the rest
Well, thank you for lurking!! I do LOVE writing those crazy time-consuming things. I get plunged in over my head for weeks and emerge with tiny rooms of ideas to explore. It is always gratifying to know that the tidbits brought pleasure to my readers, hidden or not. (Although frankly I think the vast majority of readers are hidden from view. That's okay with me.)
And in terms of Waiting for the Barbarians Coetzee is a very deceptive writer who seems, on the surface, to be just cataloguing what he sees sometimes. Not much emotion for the most part. He stays deep in the head of his protagonists, often sharing information with readers that paints a less the pleasant picture of the lead. But isn't that the way we are in our heads?
Maybe sometime I'll do another book. Woulda done Minamata but that book is crazy expensive.