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!

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!


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


    • 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).


  3. I love to read them too. Thank!


  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.


    • 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!


  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 […]


  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. […]


  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!



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