Diary of a Bad Year, Paperback Book
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An eminent, ageing Australian writer is invited to contribute to a book entitled Strong Opinions.

For him, troubled by Australia's complicity in the wars in the Middle East,it is a chance to air some urgent concerns: how should a citizen of a modern democracy react to their state's involvement in an immoral war on terror, a war that involves the use of torture?Then in the laundry room of his apartment block he encounters an alluring young woman.

He offers her work typing up his manuscript. Anya is not interested in politics, but the job will be a welcome distraction, as will the writer's evident attraction towards her.

Her boyfriend, Alan, is an investment consultant who understands the world in harsh economic terms.

Suspicious of his trophy girlfriend's new pastime, Alan begins to formulate a plan...


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I enjoyed this a lot. Great to flit around between the viewpoints and ended up reading each chapter just that little bit differently.

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I found it to be a very intimate account of his beliefs/feelings/aspirations/fears. This is not a book for everyone, though. This is the first book I read for Coetzee and it made me fall in love with his writing. I will definitely read him again and again.

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