The Childhood of Jesus - Chapters 19 – 24 Summary & Analysis

J. M. Coetzee
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In Chapter 19, a fire at the docks leads to the death of one of the stevedores, a man called Marciano. David is very upset by the news of Marciano’s death and asks to see his body so that he can breathe life back into him. Simon says that Marciano’s soul has gone onto the next life and there is nothing they can do for him now. Simon and David continue to read Don Quixote together, but David stubbornly refuses to accept the things Simon tells him about the story. David insists that he knows how to read, but when Simon asks him to read he just recites a series of nonsense words.

In Chapter 20, Simon tells David that he should not eat pig meat because pigs ingest excrement and it is unsanitary, so David gives his dinner of sausages to the dog...

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