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José Saramago
Birth date: November 16, 1922
Died: June 18, 2010
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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
“A MAN WENT TO KNOCK AT THE KING’S DOOR AND said, Give me a boat."In “The Tale of the Unknown Island” by José SaramagoI love the way Saramago builds this parable by using the Portuguese King D. João II and Columbus. He went to Lisbon in 1476 and remained here for several years, seeking the support o...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 months ago
“If Adam was punished for wishing to resemble God, how do men come to have God inside them without being punished, and even when they do not wish to receive Him they go unpunished, for to have and not to wish to have God inside oneself amounts to the same absurdity, and the same impossible situation...
Merle rated it 9 months ago
Look, I like fiction that teaches me about history and deals with social issues, and I don’t mind a bit of stylistic experimentation. But I have my limits. This so-called novel is about 30% story, 10% flights of fancy and 60% unsourced treatise on labor relations in 20th century Portugal. Several ge...
The better to see you, my dear
The better to see you, my dear rated it 12 months ago
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,...
Nataša Pantović Nuit
Nataša Pantović Nuit rated it 1 year ago
The Best. Subtle. Beautifully written. Unassuming. Adam and Eve. Yin and Yang. 2 halves of the same apple. A simple love story. Spiritual. Unusual setting. Will stay with me. Love Jose. Always...
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