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review 2017-09-01 07:16
I didn't need it pointed out to see it
Caín - José Saramago

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, and had to power through to finish.

It was choke full of dry or ironic humor, and of particular stylistic prose, and it made some pointed observations. And yet...

The Old T has some hugely objectionable, harsh, or down-right insane acts from god and it's devotees. I remember lifting my eyebrows at several points during my read as a teen. This book tours us through and addresses the problems with most (but not all) of them, in an attempt to... what? Discredit god? Because I can't even call this atheism, it is SO bitterly anti-god.

*shrug* It didn't live up to my expectations for the author.

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text 2017-08-23 03:01
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 189 pages.
Caín - José Saramago

How much will I earn, asked cain, The treaders all earn the same, Yes, but how much, That's not my business, besides, if you want my advice, don't ask, they don't like it, first you have to show what you're worth, in fact, don't ask anything, just wait until they pay you,


*grimace* yeap, true story

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review 2017-06-12 21:15
The Best, so glad it found me...
Baltasar and Blimunda - José Saramago,Giovanni Pontiero

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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review 2017-01-29 00:00
Death with Interruptions
Death with Interruptions - José Saramago,Margaret Jull Costa https://msarki.tumblr.com/post/156528723823/death-with-interruptions-by-jos%C3%A9-saramago

Death 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 promising beginning in light of its goofiness. Of course, the question of immortality rises to the surface of this murky, but fitfully effervescent, book. And for me, the unusually boring and grating text assured the avoidance for any further Saramago in my life. Not a popular stance to take among his many admirers, and of late, seeming to be the trend and frustrating result of my choosing the wrong books to read. And perhaps my lack of appropriate courage to more quickly abandon them.
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review 2016-10-22 21:20
[KSIĄŻKA] "Miasto ślepców" José Saramago
Miasto ślepców - José Saramago

Przyznam się, że wpierw widziałam ekranizację, która ogromnie przypadła mi do gustu. 

Co tu dużo pisać... Książka niesamowicie dobra! Na początku przeszkadzał mi styl autora, bo nie było podziału na myślniki, ale potem szybko się przyzwyczaiłam i w ogóle mi to nie przeszkadzało, wręcz szybciutko mi się czytało, a w całą historię wgłębiłam się w niecałe dwa dni!

Autor świetnie ukazał zachowania ludzkie w ekstremalnych przypadkach tak, że aż ciarki po plecach przechodzą... Dla mnie to był bardzo dobry kawał literatury. Coś czuję, że jeszcze nie raz "spotkam się" z tym autorem. Jak najbardziej polecam!

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