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The Childhood of Jesus

(2013)
(The first book in the Jesus series)
A novel by

 
After crossing oceans, a man and a boy arrive in a new land. Here they are each assigned a name and an age, and held in a camp in the desert while they learn Spanish, the language of their new country. As Simon and David they make their way to the relocation centre in the city of Novilla, where officialdom treats them politely but not necessarily helpfully.
 
Simon finds a job in a grain wharf. The work is unfamiliar and backbreaking, but he soon warms to his stevedore comrades, who during breaks conduct philosophical dialogues on the dignity of labour, and generally take him to their hearts.
 
Now he must set about his task of locating the boy's mother. Though like everyone else who arrives in this new country he seems to be washed clean of all traces of memory, he is convinced he will know her when he sees her. And indeed, while walking with the boy in the countryside Simon catches sight of a woman he is certain is the mother, and persuades her to assume the role.
 
David's new mother comes to realise that he is an exceptional child, a bright, dreamy boy with highly unusual ideas about the world. But the school authorities detect a rebellious streak in him and insist he be sent to a special school far away. His mother refuses to yield him up, and it is Simon who must drive the car as the trio flees across the mountains.

The Childhood of Jesus is a profound, beautiful and continually surprising novel from a very great writer.

Genre: Literary Fiction
 
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Hardback Editions

September 2013 : USA Hardback
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-670-01465-6 / 978-0-670-01465-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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March 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-726-7 / 978-1-84655-726-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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March 2013 : UK Hardback
Title: The Childhood Of Jesus - 1st Edition/1st Impression
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-769-0 / 978-1-84655-769-9 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Paperback Editions

July 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): Professor of General Literature J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-14-312576-1 / 978-0-14-312576-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-958153-1 / 978-0-09-958153-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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January 2014 : UK Paperback
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 0-09-958155-8 / 978-0-09-958155-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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March 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
ISBN: 1-84655-738-0 / 978-1-84655-738-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harvill Secker
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Audio Editions

November 2014 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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November 2014 : UK Audio edition
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Random House Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

September 2013 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Childhood of Jesus: A Novel
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Penguin Books
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March 2013 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
Title: The Childhood of Jesus
Author(s): J M Coetzee
Publisher: Vintage Digital
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