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Would you listen to Life and Times of Michael K again? Why?
Yes. I found that the audio was very helpful in building character particularly when it comes to Michael K. From the first page we are told that K has a cleft lip which is an ever-present deformity and it plays into how other characters perceive him. Reading it I would often forget about that, but when Jack Klaff read Micahel K's lines he would have a lisp/deformed speech which would be a constant reminder of how Michael K would be in conversation and how others would hear/perceive him.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Life and Times of Michael K?
The moment his mother dies is heartbreaking; considering that she was all he had in this world.
Have you listened to any of Jack Klaff’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
I have not, but I would/will in the future.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Discussing this book in the anthroposcene context I will always be reminded of Michael K's gardening and relationship with nature.
Read the book a number of years ago, forgot the story for most part but remembered enjoying it. I thought Jack Klaff's narration is excellent, being a native myself, I really enjoyed his character voices. The story itself is typical Coetzee, the writing is terse and direct, but full of wonderful imagination as to the complicated inner life of a seemingly uncomplicated loner.