Coetzee on “The Music”

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  1. Joseph Hutchison
    Joseph Hutchison April 5, 2013 at 3:43 pm .

    Yes! Like most things for Lurie, the music takes place only in his head. Even the horrific events he goes through in the novel don't significantly change his disconnection from reality—the reality in which he is no composer at all. "A crank" describes him perfectly.

  2. Andrew Shields
    Andrew Shields April 4, 2013 at 4:25 am .

    What's odd about this is that David Lurie is not a composer but a bit of a crank. As so often in Coetzee, the beautiful bit is called into question by its context in the story.

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