Book Discussion - Disgrace (J.M. Coetzee)

"After years teaching Romantic poetry at the Technical University of Cape Town, David Lurie, middle-aged and twice divorced, has an impulsive affair with a student. The affair sours; he is denounced and summoned before a committee of inquiry. Willing to admit his guilt, but refusing to yield to pressure to repent publicly, he resigns and retreats to his daughter Lucy's isolated smallholding.

For a time, his daughter's influence and the natural rhythms of the farm promise to harmonise his discordant life. But the balance of power in the country is shifting. He and Lucy become victims of a savage and disturbing attack which brings into relief all the faultlines in their relationship."

The Book group is also part of High Wycombe and Marlow Social group, and the next few Book Group events will be on both Meetup sites, until we transition completely onto this meetup page.

We usually meet on the last Sunday afternoon of each month at the Bootlegger pub opposite the railway station in Wycombe for discussion of one specific book.

 Books are chosen by the hosts from suggestions given by Book Club members, please come along with your ideas for what we can read in future months!

Do not hesitate to contact one of the hosts for more information.

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  • Bernadette

    I really enjoyed the debate about this book - was really interesting to hear different views! I enjoyed the book - not all the characters though! But that's life!

    July 1, 2014

    • Bernadette

      I really saw where she was at - survival instinct. Maybe in time she will find some self-esteem to fight but it's a brave move to do that. PTSD affects people in different ways. She hasn't given up totally so I quite admired that - and hope she finds her whole spirit when she is ready.

      July 2, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Was talking about this with a friend at work two days ago and he told me that something related to this broke Mandela and Winnie's marriage. He told me that Winnie was imprisioned in solitude more than 1 year and tortured. Her hatred against whites was so intense that she could understand her husband behaviour. Going back to Lucy, hers is an odd behaviour but yes, clearly any of us react to traumatic events in a different way.

      July 2, 2014

  • Lauren O.

    Great meet up awful book but was interesting to listen to other peoples comments x

    July 1, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry you disliked the book so much Lauren, at least the discussion was a good one

      July 1, 2014

  • Zlatka

    Great book for discussion -well chosen Patricia :)

    2 · June 29, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! I really enjoyed today discussion

      1 · June 29, 2014

  • Patrick G.

    Sorry I did not make it. Had a list minute family visit and they did not leave until 4.30…

    June 29, 2014

    • Neil D.

      Oh ok! No problem, we will have a social soon and we can talk more about the book!

      June 29, 2014

  • Lauren O.

    Really looking forward to seeing you guys today as missed a few hopefully Martin and I will be at this one and will hopefully have read the book x

    April 2, 2014

    • Lauren O.

      Finished the book yey but hated it too many dead animals and the ending whst was that ? Horrible characters didn't like any of them? Lots to discuss Sunday xxx

      June 25, 2014

    • Neil D.

      I liked the book, but dislike the characters! As you say, plenty to discuss!

      June 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wondered if I could make a suggestion on a location change. I thought perhaps it might be worth trying out the Beech Tree, further up Amersham Road heading toward Hazelmere, just past the Tesco at the Terriers roundabout.

    It has recently been taken over by new management and been refurbished. It has a nice grassy beer garden which catches the afternoon sun in front, and on site parking in the back for those that drive.

    It also does food, including light meals like panini's and sandwiches. It serves real ales, but also sells a selection of coffees, loose leaf teas, smoothies, frappes, ice teas and hot chocolate, which is something the bootlegger is missing. We may also find that is quieter. You can check it out here: www.thebeechtreepub.co.uk

    1 · June 24, 2014

    • Neil D.

      Ok! Sounds a good plan! We will meet at Bootlegger for this one, to avoid confusion, but can discuss on Sunday!

      June 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Yes! I think is a good idea. Wouldn't mind meeting there in the future.

      1 · June 25, 2014

  • ANDREA

    Where can I find the book? :)

    June 23, 2014

    • Bernadette

      It's not available on Kindle!!

      1 · June 23, 2014

    • Neil D.

      Yes you are right sorry! I saw the authors name on the lists but didn't check which titles!

      June 24, 2014

  • Bernadette

    I've nearly completed the book - it kind of dies out a bit towards the end. Although I don't particularly like the characters, the book is well written and the characters are very convincing - real characters. I just wouldn't like them in real life any more than I do in the book!

    June 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Starting the book tonight, after hearing very different opinions about it I want to know exactly what kind of book I proposed!

    June 22, 2014

  • Julia

    I read the book quickly, enjoyed reading it but hated pretty much all the characters! Will make good discussion I'm sure.

    June 20, 2014

  • Julia

    I read

    June 20, 2014

  • Neil D.

    A disturbing read so far, enjoying it lots though!

    June 19, 2014

  • Traci

    I'll be in France for the next meetup. I do hope to get along in July/August though.

    May 29, 2014

  • Neil D.

    Just a reminder of the next few books...

    June – Disgrace – JM Coetzee
    July – Beyond Black – Hilary Mantel
    August – Alice's Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

    Bring your ideas along for books for September and October!

    May 29, 2014

  • Julia

    Two books in a row about Literature Teachers who have affairs with one of their students - will be interesting to compare.

    April 28, 2014

    • Neil D.

      Really? That is an accident! And we have just had two books about a day in history as well. Perhaps we need to always do thematic pairings?

      April 28, 2014

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