The Socratic style of questioning that J.M. Coetzee began in The Childhood of Jesus
continues in a new novel titled, The Schooldays of Jesus
. Refugee David is now ready for school in a new town, and Simon and Inez enroll him in the Academy of Dance, purported to be the best school in the town. The curriculum involves, as one would expect, dance. In some mystical way relating to numbers, the dance combines reason and passion. Using the structure of Socratic dialogues, Coetzee presents ways of coming to an understanding of the world. Readers who enjoy finely written literary fiction are those most likely to enjoy reading this novel.
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