New York: The Viking Press, (1984). 0670427896. First Edition. 8vo. Orange paper covered boards with black cloth spine. 184 pp. Tight, clean very good copy with a little foxing on the top edge of the text block. A dime size water stain on endpaper at top of back gutter where a drop of water probably made the spine bleed a little. / A very good to fine dust jacket. Item #708
J. M. Coetzee takes us into the world of Michael K, a young man unwillingly caught up in a war in South Africa. At the age of thirty-one, Michael loses his job as a gardener for the city of Cape Town, and promises to take his ailing mother back to her home town of Prince Albert. On the way there she dies leaving Michael completely alone. He takes refuge on a deserted farm, living off the land "by the rising and setting of the sun in a pocket outside time." . . . In this compelling yet simple story, written in beautiful, spare prose, J.M. Coetzee goes to the center of human experience - the need for an interior, spiritual life; for some connections to the world in which we live; and for purity of vision.