With his diaphanous prose, oblivious to all artifice, Coetzee delves into this work in such universal subjects as the meaning of life, the awareness of our limitations, illness, loneliness, sex, love, friendship, or need to be loved or accepted. In the work, two main characters and a third, who, in turn, is its author and all those who appear throughout its pages, all human concerns are treated with the necessary delicacy and depth without falling into any moment in pedantry or in unnecessary analysis. A sexagenarian who lives alone, without depending on any other person to lead his life as a solitary, must suddenly face the painful and humiliating knowledge of his own fragility. In this journey towards recognition of the fact of being dependent will leave much of their dignity.

In the formal aspect of the novel, I was impressed by the pirandelian treatment of the character’s relationship with the author. The author and, at the same time, character does not release the thread of the kite of his character that moves between rebellion and resignation permanently for, finally, succumbed to the author’s tyrant love for his character.

Con su prosa diáfana, ajena a todo artificio, Coetzee se adentra en esta obra en temas tan universales como el sentido de la vida, la conciencia de nuestras limitaciones, la enfermedad, la soledad, el sexo, el amor, el amistad, o la necesidad de ser querido o aceptado. En la obra, dos personajes principales y un tercero que, a su vez, es su autor y el de todos los que aparecen a lo largo de sus páginas, todas las inquietudes humanas son tratadas con la delicadeza y la profundidad necesarias sin caer en ningún momento en la pedantería o en análisis innecesario. Un sexagenario que vive solo, sin depender de ninguna otra persona para llevar su vida de solitario, debe enfrentarse de repente al conocimiento doloroso y humillante de su propia fragilidad. En este trayecto hacia el reconocimiento del hecho de ser dependiente dejará gran parte de su dignidad.

En el aspecto formal de la novela me ha impresionado el tratamiento pirandeliano de la relación del personaje con el autor. El autor y, al mismo tiempo, personaje no suelta el hilo de la estrella de su personaje que se desplaza entre la rebeldía y la resignación permanentemente para, finalmente, sucumbió al amor tirano del autor por su personaje .

With his diaphanous prose, oblivious to all artifice, Coetzee delves into this work in such universal subjects as the meaning of life, the awareness of our limitations, illness, loneliness, sex, love, friendship, or need to be loved or accepted. In the work, two main characters and a third, who, in turn, is its author and all those who appear throughout its pages, all human concerns are treated with the necessary delicacy and depth without falling into any moment in pedantry or in unnecessary analysis. A sexagenarian who lives alone, without depending on any other person to lead his life as a solitary, must suddenly face the painful and humiliating knowledge of his own fragility. In this journey towards recognition of the fact of being dependent will leave much of their dignity.

In the formal aspect of the novel, I was impressed by the pirandelian treatment of the character’s relationship with the author. The author and, at the same time, character does not release the thread of the kite of his character that moves between rebellion and resignation permanently for, finally, succumbed to the author’s tyrant love for his character.