In Disgrace, David's experiences in the city and the country are like night and day. He knows the city, and he has a place in it. There are set rules, even if David doesn't always follow them. Life is more private in its own way. Then we get to the country, and everything changes. Life isn't necessarily simpler. There are new rules to get used to, including an entirely new social hierarchy. David is also confronted with new problems in the country that escaped him in the city. Though it was barely on his radar in Cape Town, the legacy of Apartheid is still fresh in rural South Africa. As a result, David finds that entering the country is like playing a whole new game.
People from the city and people from the country cannot inherently understand one another; their experiences are too different.
For David, becoming accustomed to life in the country requires completely starting over and leaving behind the person he was in the city.