Disgrace by JM Coetzee is a winner of Booker Prize of 1999. The book is about a middle-aged English professor, David Lurie, who is going through a mid-life crisis. Set in South Africa in post-apartheid environment, the story tracks the life of David Lurie as he struggles to keep it together, despite trying his best.
Bored of his job as a lecturer at a South African university, Lurie can�t help but seduce a vulnerable student in his class, Melanie Isaacs. The affair is brought to the notice of the college authorities, who demand an apology from Lurie. However, he refuses to apologise in any sincere manner since he feels he is being made a scapegoat for maintaining political correctness. Thus, instead of apologising, he resigns from his post and goes to live on his daughter�s farm.
Lurie�s daughter is a lesbian, who has a strained relationship with her dad. While Lurie is not particularly welcome at the farm, he stays there in order to protect his own daughter. The monotony of the farm-life seems to bring Lurie back to his usual self. However, things take a turn for the worse when they are viciously attacked. Lurie�s daughter is raped and brutally assaulted. As it later turns out, she is impregnated as a result.
JM Coetzee explores the relationship of father-daughter, while examining the innermost emotions of Lurie. At several instances, Lurie feels almost indifferent towards his daughter, even as he tries to salvage the relationship and himself. The book is characterized by powerful writing and coherent storytelling.
JM Coetzee is also the author of Life and Times of Michael K., which is a Booker Prize winner too. Disgrace has been published by Vintage Publications and is available to order online. This book is listed with ISBN-10 0099284820 and ISBN-13 number of 978-0099284826.