A man loses his leg in an accident. Suddenly, his life turns dark, he can’t see any more purpose. He falls in love with his caretaker. This sets the stage for Elizabeth Costello, who is suddenly there. Where she comes from and why, we’ll never know. She is accepted, she is there to boss the poor man in one direction when he wants to go in no direction and all, or in the opposite. Is she real, is she a figment of his mind? A strange book, where not much happens, where not much is explained and time flows like molasse (which might explain the german title, which is the german word for slow-motion). Sounds boring? It should be, but it isn’t. It has been written by an excellent writer, and that’s probably what a Nobel prize winner can do: Making a slow-rolling inspection of a man growing older a fascinating read!
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