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Cain - José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa
Cain
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“Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness—one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected.” —San Francisco Chronicle In this, his last novel, José Saramago... show more
“Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness—one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected.” —San Francisco Chronicle In this, his last novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. His tale runs from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah’s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago’s protagonist. Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey. He is a witness to and participant in the stories of Isaac and Abraham, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, Moses and the golden calf, the trials of Job. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. “And one thing we know for certain,” Saramago writes, “is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.” A startling book—sensual, funny—and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago’s extraordinary career. “A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament . . . Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel.” —The New Yorker
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780547840178 (0547840179)
ASIN: B00CF5QQ2Y
Publisher: Mariner Books
Pages no: 176
Edition language: English
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The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it
2.5 I didn't need it pointed out to see it
So, Saramago goes trolling through the old testament.I really liked "The Gospel according to Jesus Christ", and have read some very interesting takes on the Cain and Abel story (like Unamuno's Abel Sanchez), but I didn't much care for this one. After the first quarter, I had trouble staying engaged,...
Book Thoughts
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2.0 Review of Cain by Jose Saramago
This is the latest in a string of books I have read that I have not really enjoyed. Saramago was an atheist in real life, and this book is a "reimagining" of some of the stories of the Old Testament with the title character Cain being the center of novel. While I appreciated some of the cynicism a...
Peregrinations
Peregrinations rated it
This book is not for everyone. If you can't handle anything that criticizes the religious tenets expressed in the Bible, then this book is not for you. This is my first outing with Nobel Prize winner Jose Saramago. I don't know much about him or his work but, based on what I just read, I would lik...
Gatta ci cova
Gatta ci cova rated it
5.0 Caino
È colpa di un dio collerico e crudele, compiaciuto del ricco dono di Abele e contrariato da quello più modesto, ma offerto con amore, di Caino, se la mano si leva contro il fratello. È quindi dio, responsabile dell’azione fratricida di Caino. Compiuto il delitto, Caino, subirà un castigo malvagio. G...
sologdin
sologdin rated it
Nutshell: nearly posthumous old testament tomfoolery by Nobel Prize winner.Biblical satire, strangely not more effective overall than [b:God the Ultimate Autobiography|893726|God The Ultimate Autobiography|Jeremy Pascall|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1329642961s/893726.jpg|878951], cov...
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