In Search of Works by the Nobelist, J.M Coetzee

On January 12, 2011, I made a post on the ‘Top ten Books I Resolve to Read in 2011‘. This was the topic chosen for that particular week for all those who had signed-up for the weekly meme created at the Broke and the Bookish.

Instead of coming up with a list of ten, I stated categorically that:

‘My top ten books I resolve to read in 2011 would be picked from selections of books by J.M Coetzee. I loved my first read ‘Disgrace’ and since then have resolved to read most of his books. If there is any appropriate phrase to describe Coetzee and his works, I would say that ‘he does not waste words’.’

I love Coetzee and his works but I am afraid access to his books here in Ghana is just too, too, too difficult to come by. I have stormed almost every major bookstore in Accra (the capital city of Ghana) yet cannot find any of his books. I remember the way I came by his book ‘Disgrace‘ – I bought it from a vendor selling on the floor in the capital streets of Accra. Ever since, I have been searching along such streets and floors in Accra to see if I could be that lucky again. But… I have not been lucky any longer. Oh!!

Please, if anybody knows where I can get copies of works by J.M Coetzee (Disgrace not inclusive), he/she should inform me so that I can rush there as soon as possible. Or, better still, if any generous person can send me any of Coetzee’s books he/she has in possession, I would be very glad.

I seriously need Coetzee’s books so as to fulfill my resolutions for the year 2011.

Thank You All!

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13 Responses to In Search of Works by the Nobelist, J.M Coetzee

  1. amymckie says:

    Ah I’m sorry to hear you are having a hard time with it Geosi! I will have to scour some used bookstores in my travels and see if I can help you out, being as I am sending you a book anyway from winning my giveaway!

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  2. I got In the Heart of the Country and Duskland from the Silverbird Lifestyle Short. Though I believe you have searched there already

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    • Geosi says:

      Nana, I have been there consistently for over a month now and all they tell me is that they have run out of stock of Coetzee’s books. In fact, that was the only place I was so sure that I would get it but… (I am still searching).

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  3. I love to read them too. Thank!

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  4. JoV says:

    I would send you a copy if I have it. I love “Disgrace” too, a lot. But didn’t like “The Life of Michael K”. Not sure which book of JM Coetzee I am going to read next, but hopefully it will not disappoint.

    Good luck with your search Geosi. I’ll keep my eyes open for you.

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    • Geosi says:

      Disgrace is such a powerful book. I don’t know about The Life of Michael K yet but somebody tells me that Waiting for the Barbarians is another powerful one. Thanks for your concern. Cheers!

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  5. […] Through Life and I made her come with me to a used bookstore, searching for some J. M. Coetzee for Geosi of Geosi Reads. Not only were there fantastic books to tempt us both… I saw TWO books by Chinua Achebe that […]

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  6. […] If you’ve been following my blog for sometime now, you may realize that I announced a search for books by the nobelist, J.M Coetzee. I talked about the fact that I enjoyed his book, Disgrace so much so that I was eager to acquire his other books. Amy at Amy Reads was one of the few friends who promised to look out for them  for me. In the end, I am glad Amy did a good job fetching most of his books and sending it over to me. The link on my search for books by J.M Coetzee can be found here. […]

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  7. Adesida, Aderonke Adetunji says:

    Please I’m also interested in J.M.Coetzee’s books. I couldn’t find them to buy anywhere here in Nigeria.
    I need a copy of ‘Disgrace’ urgently for a conference paper that Im trying to write.

    Somebody pls help!
    Thanks.

    Aderonke.

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