The Lives of Animals

The Lives of Animals The idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no longer look another person in the eye humans especially meat eating ones seem to her t

  • Title: The Lives of Animals
  • Author: J.M. Coetzee Amy Gutmann Peter Singer Wendy Doniger Barbara Smuts Marjorie Garber
  • ISBN: 9780691070896
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Paperback
  • The idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no longer look another person in the eye humans, especially meat eating ones, seem to her to be conspirators in a crime of stupefying magnitude taking place on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories across the world.Costello s son, a physics profThe idea of human cruelty to animals so consumes novelist Elizabeth Costello in her later years that she can no longer look another person in the eye humans, especially meat eating ones, seem to her to be conspirators in a crime of stupefying magnitude taking place on farms and in slaughterhouses, factories, and laboratories across the world.Costello s son, a physics professor, admires her literary achievements, but dreads his mother s lecturing on animal rights at the college where he teaches His colleagues resist her argument that human reason is overrated and that the inability to reason does not diminish the value of life his wife denounces his mother s vegetarianism as a form of moral superiority.At the dinner that follows her first lecture, the guests confront Costello with a range of sympathetic and skeptical reactions to issues of animal rights, touching on broad philosophical, anthropological, and religious perspectives Painfully for her son, Elizabeth Costello seems offensive and flaky, but dare he admit it strangely on target.Here the internationally renowned writer J M Coetzee uses fiction to present a powerfully moving discussion of animal rights in all their complexity He draws us into Elizabeth Costello s own sense of mortality, her compassion for animals, and her alienation from humans, even from her own family In his fable, presented as a Tanner Lecture sponsored by the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University, Coetzee immerses us in a drama reflecting the real life situation at hand a writer delivering a lecture on an emotionally charged issue at a prestigious university Literature, philosophy, performance, and deep human conviction Coetzee brings all these elements into play.As in the story of Elizabeth Costello, the Tanner Lecture is followed by responses treating the reader to a variety of perspectives, delivered by leading thinkers in different fields Coetzee s text is accompanied by an introduction by political philosopher Amy Gutmann and responsive essays by religion scholar Wendy Doniger, primatologist Barbara Smuts, literary theorist Marjorie Garber, and moral philosopher Peter Singer, author of Animal Liberation Together the lecture fable and the essays explore the palpable social consequences of uncompromising moral conflict and confrontation.

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    • Orsodimondo says:

      MISE EN ABYME In La vita degli animali Coetzee sguazza nella metaletteratura come un ippopotamo nel fiume fangoso, e io con lui, sguazzo e godo da fan della narrativa sulla narrativa quale sono.Very post-modern: ma credo che sentirsi definire così spingerebbe Coetzee a storcere naso e bocca rischiando un attacco allergico. Gioco di specchi potrebbe stargli meglio: e probabilmente romanzo accademico anche di più.Ma suppongo che Coetzee, come la maggior parte degli artisti, preferirebbe non esse [...]

    • Dagio_maya says:

      “«In altre parole hanno chiuso i loro cuori. Nel cuore risiede una facoltà, l'empatia, che talvolta ci permette di condividere l’essere di un’altra persona. L’empatia ha tutto a che fare con il soggetto e poco a che fare con l’oggetto, con l’‘altro’, una cosa di cui ci rendiamo subito conto (…) “ Non è facile commentare questo libro. Dovrò sicuramente rileggerlo perché so di essermi un po’ persa nella densità dei discorsi concentrati in così poche pagine.La prima dif [...]

    • Lisa Vegan says:

      I read this for my book club; I’m the one who suggested this book. I’d wanted to read it for many years. I had thought that it was a novel whose main character is an animal rights advocate. It’s not and for me that was a disappointment.It’s mostly essays by other authors than the main author, referring back to Coetzee”s pieces: Amy Gutmann, Marjorie Garber, Peter Singer, Wendy Doniger, and Barbara Smuts. Except for Singer’s, which is a fiction piece, they’re basically non-fiction p [...]

    • Sridhar says:

      A brilliant work by a Nobel laureate in literature and a wonderful book to start the year with. A superb form of academic novel (a novel genre, I could say, if the pun may be forgiven), this is top-notch writing on a theme of profound and enduring significance for anyone concerned with human values and connections with other animals.J. M. Coetzee, invited to Princeton to deliver the prestigious Tanner Lectures on Human Values, presents the lectures as a fictional story with debate and dialogue c [...]

    • Rafa says:

      Adoro la facilidad con la que crea un buen texto; incluso con su personaje menos atractivo.

    • Suellen Rubira says:

      Alguns livros (talvez todos) possuem um tempo certo para serem lidos e quase intuitivamente esse foi o melhor momento para ler The lives of animals. Coetzee, que não é bobo, organiza esse romance (ou novela, alguns podem preferir assim) em forma de palestras dadas pela escritora Elizabeth Costello, super envolvida na causa animal. Mediando essa situação, temos o filho dela, John, e a nora, Norma. Obviamente a relação entre as duas não é das melhores e isso se mostra claramente através d [...]

    • Manuel Alfonseca says:

      ENGLISH: This book by a Nobel Prize, well-known vegetarian, defender of the rights of animals, is very well written and tries to keep an impartial tone where the main character, Elizabeth Costello, defends her position in public, is answered by those who do not share her ideas, and sometimes even cannot answerPAÑOL: Este libro de un Premio Nobel, conocido vegetariano, defensor de los derechos de los animales, está muy bien escrito y trata de mantener un tono imparcial. El personaje principal, [...]

    • Emily says:

      I stopped eating meat, for environmental reasons, during my first year of college. Then a few years passed, and I entered that slippery state of "flexitarianism," which really means, "I eat meat when I want to," i.e. too often. I picked up The Lives of Animals as an intervention. The book has pleasantly surprised me, in a couple ways. First, it doesn't have a clear political agenda. It helps that J.M. Coetzee can hide behind his fictional characters (or step behind, if "hide" sounds too evasive) [...]

    • Blake says:

      In the late 90s, the novelist J. M. Coetzee was invited to Princeton to give the Tanner Lectures. He chose to speak on the topic that is sometimes referred to in philosophy as “the moral status of animals” and the result is The Lives of Animals. Given the simple and elegant form of a meta-fictional novella, the two parts, The Philosophers and the Animals and The Poets and the Animals, combine to an extended narrative about fictional novelist Elizabeth Costello, who has been invited to the (a [...]

    • Sasha says:

      This novella is actually the two-part lecture that Coetzee gave at Princeton in 1997. Here Coetzee presents the topic of human cruelty toward animals through fiction, with fiction writer Elizabeth Costello invited to give a distinguished lecture at a university, and this is her topic of choice. The controversy of her lecture is argued, discussed, and rebutted by academic characters including Costello's son and his wife. The philosophical, poetical, and literal approaches to Costello's chosen sub [...]

    • Alison says:

      This story is ingeniously written. Coetzee, invited to give two talks as part of a university lecture series, instead delivers a fictional story in two parts about a novelist who is invited to give a series of university talks. His lecturer, Elizabeth Costello, chooses to engage with the philosophies underlying vegetarianism and humane treatment of animals, rather than speak about her own work. Meanwhile, his protagonist (her son and a junior professor at the university), must navigate the socia [...]

    • Rachel says:

      I'm glad I was able to read it and especially glad I didn't have to pay $20 to buy it. I thought Coetzee's "academic novella" had poorly written characters and a badly told story, if it was supposed to be story. However, I was delighted and surprised to see Peter Singer's work of "fiction." Seems like he had a ball writing that! What a talented writer and astute ethicist (Singer). I bet Singer would have written a much better academic novella than Coetzee. And isn't Coetzee a fiction writer, no [...]

    • Izlinda says:

      I read this book for my writing course, Our Animal Selves. Coetzee writes about a famous author, Elizabeth Costello, who is invited to give a talk at a university. Coincidentally, her son works there. While there, Costello doesn't given an expected speech about literary works, but about human-animal relations. The next day she gave a seminar about poets and animals and finished her visit with a debate with a philosophy professor.It was kind of hard to pick apart the arguments Costello used since [...]

    • Camila says:

      Excellent. Brief and resounding. Highly recommend. Though a bit intellectual at times, very human and bits and pieces resonated with me very deeply. It left me pondering and wondering about some ideas, and most importantly, towards the end it managed to put into words something that had implicitly and covertly been troubling me for a while:“- {} What is it that you can't say?- It’s that I no longer know where I am. I seem to move around perfectly easily among people, to have perfectly normal [...]

    • Yvonne says:

      DierenlevenDe hoofdpersoon in ‘Dierenleven’ is de Australische romanschrijfster Elizabeth Costello, die op de universiteit van Appleton een lezing en een gastcollege komt geven over een door haar gekozen thema. Ze kiest voor de wijze waarop wij de rationele mens eenzijdig verheerlijken en het niet-rationele dier verachten. Dit leidt er haars inziens toe dat we het dier slecht behandelen. Scherp is haar vergelijking tussen de dood van joden in de concentratiekampen en de uitbuiting van dieren [...]

    • Lucas says:

      this short work cleverly uses the platform of a fictive academic lecture -- which coetzee later presented, metatextually, at princeton -- to condense many familiar and unfamiliar arguments about eating and treating animals. is Costello, the impassioned novelist and lecturer in the book, a mouthpiece for Coetzee? probably not. that ambiguity is likely what allows coetzee to lay out such a morally charged and ultimately irresolvable exchange. the impasse in which humans find themselves when it com [...]

    • Troy Martin says:

      I am VERY much an animal lover; however I think it is impertinent to use the Holocaust as an analogy for the production of food (or for any analogy at that). Leave the dead to rest in peace. Using it as an analogy trivializes the Holocaust, and for lack of a better word, "cheapens" it. I think it is quite disrespectful to the millions of Jews, Blacks, Homosexuals, Gypsies, and many others who lost their lives in such a horrific manner. Even if the "how" is similar (how they treat animals when co [...]

    • Benjaminxjackson says:

      This is another Odyssey project reading. The book as a whole is kind of interesting because of the essays that accompany the main story, which is a pair of lectures written as a fiction story.That said, the main story of the novelist giving lectures about how humans should do something in regards to animals differently than they do now falls flat for me. Coetzee's apparent alter ego of Costello doesn't seem to know what she wants people to do. She is a vegetarian, but doesn't suggest that for ot [...]

    • Hiram Diaz III says:

      Not only is the self-consciously irrational moralistic grandstanding an annoyance that is nearly impossible to stomach, Coetzee's characters are predictable, two-dimensional, depthless stereotypes. Throughout the book, as if he wanted to add insult to aesthetic-intellectual injury, Coetzee follows Costello's incoherent ramblings with thinly-disguised apologies for just how poorly written her diatribe actually is.There is no brilliance to this work. It's an even worse faux-novel than Nietzsche's [...]

    • Paul Chan Htoo Sang says:

      Coetzee masterfully crafted and delivered a meta-fictional novella based on the heated debates on the rights of Animals at the Third Tanner Lecture sponsored by the Princeton University Center for Human Values. To his lecture, four thinkers and writers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds (namely Literature, Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Anthropology) reflected and wrote short pieces about their thoughts on Coetzee’s lecture. Recommended to anyone who is interested in how literature chal [...]

    • Tiffany says:

      Hyper-intellectual yawn. Nothing about this little book flows. There is no poetry in it. For a potentially emotionally charged subject, it is cold and text book-ish. Thank goodness it was short. Two stars because I agree with the animal rights angle, myself a vegan. Otherwise, not a pleasurable read.

    • Chris says:

      This was the book that changed by attitude to eating meat. I could no longer evade the central question of the unnecessary cruelty invloved and our capacity to collude to denying that fact by splitting it off from our meat munching. A powerful arguemnet skillfully fictionalised. Trully a book that changes my life.

    • Andjela says:

      I really disliked this book. I am a vegetarian, and I think this book could only provoke even more hate and disapproval towards vegetarians, because of poor and inconclusive arguments. Also, philosophy is not a good framework for this, because it is too abstract for something so real, so painful and so tangible, so touchable. Extremely not convincing and just plain old "doing it wrong".

    • Nora says:

      Sure, there's a lot of cerebral stuff to talk about with this book. But, that doesn't make it a good read. My poor, poor Freshman Writing students

    • Wes Young says:

      Had to read this for my Environmental Issues philosophy class in college. Top notch read!

    • Becky Boyle says:

      yep. vegetarian for sure now.

    • Nynke says:

      3,5 stars

    • Taylor says:

      Coetzee, how could you? Really, a holocaust metaphor? Eating meat is not the same at that. Ugh

    • Stefany GG says:

      Una de las lecturas base para activistas en pro de los animales no humanos.

    • Paola says:

      Le conferenze di Coetzee sotto forma di racconto alle Tanner Lectures presso la Princeton University: " si concentrano su una questione etica importante: il modo in cui gli esseri umani trattano gli animali."Coetzee crea un romanzo con un suo personaggio, Elisabeth Costello scrittrice, invitata a tenere delle conferenze in una università. La signora Costello é un'anziana donna, stanca e sfiduciata dell'umano essere e dei suoi comportamenti criminali.E mentre l'aspettativa degli uditori é sent [...]

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