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Beguiling and with the mysterious simplicity of a fable, The Childhood of Jesus tells a story that raises the most direct questions about life itself.

The Schooldays of Jesus, is the startling sequel to J. M. Coetzee’s widely praised The Childhood of Jesus

David is the small boy who is always asking questions. Simón and Inés take care of him in their new country. He is learning the language; he has begun to make friends. He has the big dog Bolívar to watch over him. But he’ll be seven soon. He should be at school. And so David is enrolled in the Academy of Dance in Estrella. It’s here, in his new golden dancing slippers, that he learns how to call down the numbers from the sky. But it’s here too that he will make troubling discoveries about what grown-ups are capable of.


The Schooldays of Jesus, the startling sequel to J. M. Coetzee’s widely praised The Childhood of Jesus

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