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Waiting for the Barbarians This novel was good because it was painfully realistic The suffering of one people because of the domination of others can be seen all over the world The book by Coetzee captures this domination and struggle very well Once I started this novel I couldnt put it down Coetzees prose was excellent It was hard for me at first to relate or sympathize with the main character because even though he had sympathy for oppressed he was a part of the oppressors His sexual relationships were based on the fact of him being in a dominant position in the outpost I think because he was such well drawn character and I was able to see him with such conflict I was able to start sympathizing with him And of course he does choose the right path in the end however painful it isthis time for him The cruelty of Joll is what really made me cringe when I read this book The idea of torture has always been something that sickened me so reading a novel that deals directly with it was sometimes hard The father daughter scene was extremely painful to contemplate as was the protagonists I felt joy in myself when I heard the barbarians had outsmarted the true barbarians by leading them out into the wilderness where they ran out of supplies I thought this was a great novel and I look forward to reading the next novel by Coetzee
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