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AUG 30, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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'The Childhood of Jesus,' by J.M. Coetzee

Managing to secure a small apartment and a job as a stevedore, loading endless, heavy sacks of grain (as apt an analogy for the human predicament as any), Simón soon meets the aloof, inept bachelorette Inés, who he senses (with no evidence) is meant to serve as David's mother. Simón foists the child upon her; then, heartsick with missing the boy, insinuates himself back into their lives. [...] a strange, inadvertent family forms: the guardian, the adopted mother and the remarkable child - who exhibits symptoms of what may be insight, or genius, or autism or damage; it's never ... Read More

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