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Margaret Jull Costa
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Score: 5/10My wife is always right. As they all are……would be, I’m sure, a very polarising beginning of a review which is aimed to connect, so I will start a little differently.(I’m sure though, I would get some “Totally know what you are talking about…” Just sayin’…)She (my wife) said: “I think he ...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 4 years 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...
Merle rated it 5 years 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...
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 5 years ago
“Were someone to ask me why I wrote this story in Portuguese, I would answer simply that a story like this could only be written in Portuguese; it's as simple as that. But there is something else that needs explaining. Strictly speaking, a Requiem should be written in Latin, at least that's what tra...
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M Sarki rated it 6 years ago
https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/156528723823/death-with-interruptions-by-jos%C3%A9-saramagoDeath With Interruptions fails in its embellished and sentimental concept of love conquering death. A silly book, at first look, ripe with satire and unflattering looks into religion and laws of the state. A p...
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