'The Nobel laureate J. M. Coetzee's new novel begins with an epigraph in Spanish from Don Quixote: "Some say that second parts are never any good." This can be seen either as a challenge or as an insurance policy, perhaps both. The Schooldays of Jesus is a sequel to (or more accurately a continuation of) Coetzee's 2013 novel The Childhood of Jesus. In this "second part" Coetzee ensures that the main preoccupations of his earlier work are alluded to, though often in so oblique a manner that readers unfamiliar with it might well find themselves puzzled and perplexed. ...'