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ISBN-13: 978-8466318952 ISBN-10: 846631895X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Punto de Lectura (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 846631895X
  • ISBN-13: 978-8466318952
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #903,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Hiram Gomez Pardo HALL OF FAME on December 21, 2006
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Saramago may be regarded as one the most invenctive authors of these days. He is a true fable maker; his febrile imagination and the fascinating issues he carves in relief in each one of his works, become an invitation to undertake his lectures as if we undertake a prodigious journey.

Imagine there is a country in which the people just don't die. At first glance, it might sound seductor and even desirable, but when the number of members of the third age's population increases notably, it raises a set of unexpected dramatic situations.

The main problem is to deal with the old Faustian myth; to live forever, but Saramago goes far beyond and makes a sharp inflection about the dilema this means.

The happy ending should not to turn our attention about the remarkable fact the death is part of the life, and all the efforts made by our post modernist society in order to guarantee us a major longevity, invites us to think the question be put on this way: To live more or to live better?

I rather live a short and productive life instead of a large and improductive existence, signed by the triviality and frivolity.

"We are what we do" Johann Wolfgang Goethe
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By T. Stroll on June 2, 2006
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*** Warning: May Contain Spoilers ***

Death takes a holiday in Saramago's latest venture into magical realism. For obvious reasons, as one gets older death looms larger in one's consciousness, and I think Saramago, who is 83 as of this writing, may have intended "As Intermitencias da Morte" (which I read in Portuguese, so I'm using the Portuguese title, sans circumflex on one "e," as accents tend to cause problems on these pages) to be a meditation on the subject. It falls a bit short of the elegiac or profound, however; this is not John Donne's "Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, Meditation 17" ("No Man is an Iland, intire of it selfe . . ."). The first part of the novel is largely a description of the institutional disruptions in a small European country as people stop dying one day. It's funny at times, and at other times mordant (in other words, typical Saramago). In the second part (and I don't want to give away too much here), death is further personified, and there's a very light character study of one of death's intended victims. The plot is thin throughout the novel, but because Saramago writes so well, it still makes for enjoyable reading. Unfortunately, the character Saramago introduces in the second part has a dog. I regret this, because when Saramago introduces a dog into his writing, he usually waxes sentimental over the creature, distracting the reader and generally subtracting from the acuity and clarity of his observations of the state of the world. He is obviously a dog enthusiast, but I would urge him to keep his writing free of canines in the future.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By C. M Tye on June 15, 2006
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Sea cual sea el tema que desarrolle en sus libros hace de ellos lo que le pega en gana y con un fiel apego a la realidad que tal parece que "cada pais o ciudad sin nombre" donde suelen suceder las historias son nuestras ciudades o nuestro pais.

En este ha sacado a flote el sentimiento humano hacia la muerte en todo su esplendor pero no conforme con esto aun hace que la propia muerte nos demuestre su lado humano,

El final...... para variar..... Estoy esperando el Siguiente!!!!
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By ana on June 24, 2014
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Divertido y te hace entender que la muerte es necesaria pero que al final más importante es el amor, pues la vence.
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By Omar Martínez on April 19, 2014
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When a book makes you fall in love with the death, you know how wonderful is a book! You'll love it
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Un relato lleno de complejidades del ser humano; que seguimos indesisos y temerosos a la rea l idad de la vida
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By Alex Canton-Dutari on August 15, 2013
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Saramago has always been considered a literary iconoclast. In this book he confronts all his contendors. Though, he not always provides a clear alternative.
Throughout this reading Saramago turns death -- fierce, implacabled and eternal -- to surrender to a human being. Is that why she calls herself death and not Death?
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By blanca m. shannon on April 2, 2013
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You need to be a fan of Saramago to enjoy this book. His signature story-tellling lends itself very well to this death takes a holiday theme where he analyzes every day life, government corruption, you name it.
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