You got far more from Disgrace than I did. I remember the daughter. I think she had a kennel. I think she had a bad relationship with her father. I must read it again.
I have read it. I intend to reread it one day. I don't think I understood it either.grapes
I read the book and even though I thought it was a good book (from the literary point of view), it wasn't one that I enjoyed. It left me with a bitter taste in my mouth and it was filled with so much disillusionment, guilt and anger that it didn't surprise me in the least to find out that J.M. Coetzee emigrated to Australia after the book was written. It seemed to be the parting shot of a man who had invested his life in his country and then felt that he had been horribly let down.
Life and times of Michael K has been a favourite of mine since I read it at university. It, too, won the Booker, like Disgrace, but it is an entirely different book. It's open to interpretation, but I saw it as Coetzee railing against the insistence of the then South African government of putting people into camps - literal, racial, societal and one man's attempt to avoid all those camps. That book left me feeling hopeful for my own future as well as South Africa's. Disgrace brought home every human failure of ordinary people and the government without a single glimmer of hope. I will not be re-reading it.
I studied it and absolutely hated it. I find most of Coetzee's books leave me feeling disgusted with the stereotype of the white middle class male that he is so fond of writing about.