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This is one of the most tedious books I’ve ever encountered! Oh yes, I’m blind too. I read mostly for entertainment and education, and the graphic description of this horrible scene really ruined the book for me. I want my characters to creep up to the scary reality, not the author.

This book is a little more tolerable when you can’t see the lack of paragraph breaks, periods, and quotation marks but I still didn’t like it very much. I’m not trying to sound like a snot, but I did not need a page incredibly literal metaphor to tell me this. Why did the losing section allow their wives and daughters to be raped with complacency?

Ensayo sobre la ceguera by José Saramago (2 star ratings)

I have never been so glad to finish a book maybe I have, but I don’t remember when. For me, what would have elevated this book from being a bland parable of the human propensity for survival to an interesting sci-fi novel would be Gruesome disaster porn with an overstretched premise. We’re not privy as readers to the instigation of the rivalry. Did the doctors wife actually go blind at the end?

They got into the narrow elevator with some difficulty, What floor do you live on, On the third, you cannot imagine how grateful I am, Don’t thank me, today it’s you, Yes, you’re right, tomorrow it might be you. I wish that were so. He called out those tropes as actively harmful to the lives of blind people, noting that they left “audiences already conditioned through folklore and fable to believe that blindness brings out the worst in people,” and criticized the medical and assistive literature of the day for accepting them wholesale szramago promoting the view “that blindness is not merely a loss to the eyes, but to the personality as well—that it is a ‘death,’ a blow to the very being of the individual.

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Ensayo sobre la ceguera

They decide that they’ll get it on with the other people who are with them before they go to the thugs because: The narrator also likes to comment on why he might know or not know certain facts. Want to Read saving….

Very bad guards -who shoot you. She didn’t know she had scissors in her bag. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in Just when you think you can make it to the finish, it comes: If the style were different, I suspect few reviewers would like the book—or feel they should like it.

They’re referred to as “doctor”, “the doctor’s wife”, “the boy with a squint”, etc. Th If you’re looking for rich characters or storytelling, look elsewhere. It takes like half a day for ONE out of 6 to remember that toilets hold water as they are tortured by thirst? There’s generally a day supply of food in grocery stores. Imagine lots of blind people stumbling around in a city in the pouring rain trying to find food, and to poop and pee what IS it with Saramago’s obsession with that?

Not looking forward to that other book by him I bought half a year ago. Saramago does explicitly call out these differences, noting that people who are blind from actual medical conditions are better off than the inhabitants of his dystopia.

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I found the concept interesting although I found some of the characters very two dimensional – the book hovered between focusing on four individuals and trying to recount the situation of the blind in general. If you’re young and have never read Kafka, Dostoevsky, Bukowski, Day of the Triffids, Lord of the Flies, or any moderately well written apocalyptic fiction, this book might bring you something new.

The people are identified not by names, for some ridiculous reason that I’m sure I’ve the point on but by their eye patch, or their dark glasses, or their squint. Lists with This Book. I’m sure the fecal matter in the streets won’t cause dysentery. And of course the auther spends more than 5 pages on the rape and whoring of the cardboard female characters who give in to the request after like five minutes, like obedient gals from the s.

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I have no words. This book is one of those high brow, unconventional, yet well written, saramaggo, philosophical, bull crap laced kinds of books I had to read when I crguera in school.

But even setting that aside, I had a hard time believing in the universe Saramago created. Look what saramafo in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. The writing is in large, dense, chunky paragraphs, with no character names, no punctuation jpse speech, and few paragraph breaks, making it very easy for the eyes to wander blankly over the endless endless endless words. People are characterized by their behavior, by their smell, by their voice.

On the other hand, I hated his prose style and some of his choices cegufra me froth. I get it, I thought; you don’t have to beat me over the head with it. The questions Saramago presents are interesting and worth devoting a novel to, but in the end, he seems more interested in the sounds of his own typing than actually answering them. Doc’s Wife led her husband and her new “family” — The girl with dark glasses, the boy with squint, the man with eyepatch to her old flat.

I have no idea why anyone would want ensyo subject themselves to Saramago’s reveries on human degradation. To ask other readers questions about Ensayo sobre la cegueraplease sign up.

The story, in an extreme nutshell, is that nearly everyone’s gone blind and society falls apart as a result. Stylistically, therefore, I was annoyed, although Saramago does sometimes make it work: Saramago not only insults blind people, he obviously hates women as well. Saramago did his class assignment perfectly so I’ll cebuera bump it to two stars. She can only help those in direct contact with her.