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The Cave Paperback – October 15, 2003
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Despite the novel's allegorical structure and didactic message, Saramago creates warm characters who inspire the belief that the good, kind, and sensitive souls of the world can survive, and perhaps triumph on some level. Love and family matter here, despite Cipriano's belief that he is "merely the largest of the bits of clay [in the yard], a small dry clod that will crumble with the slightest pressure." Though he is a molder of clay, he recognizes that there are also forces being exerted on him.
Filled with meditations on literature, reading, the creative process, experimentation, and individuality, the novel is both intellectually exciting and very challenging. Unfortunately, Saramago's style is more daunting than his message. Omitting all quotation marks, question marks, and the conventions of paragraphing and sentence structure, he challenges the reader to distill the reality of his message from the shadows of his style.Read more ›
I often find when I read one of Saramago's novels that I am reminded of other authors I enjoy. Blindness reminds me of The Plague by Camus and The Cave reminds me of The Castle by Kafka. I don't know if this is Saramago's intention. Perhaps I am reading too much into things. But Saramago is not writing lesser version of old stories. He always has a unique take and, if anything, his stories are more accessible.
In The Cave there are two key locations--the village where the main character, Cipriano Algor, works in his traditional pottery, and The Center. The Center is an ultra-modern complex of living and shopping whose residents never need to leave. Even though most of the action takes place at the village, it is The Center that is the focus of the majority of attention. It dominates the landscape both literally and figuratively. Cipriano sells his wares there and has no control over if and what the bureaucrats of The Center will buy. When his dishes are no longer wanted, he tries to sell ceramic dolls. When these are not a success, he moves to The Center with his daughter and son-in-law but, after an eerie discovery, they leave The Center forever.
And yet, Saramago is not creating an allegory of traditional vs. modern. He is telling the story of people. In his unique style of long paragraphs with little punctuation, he creates a number of very vivid characters--not only Cipriano but also his daughter, Marta; son-in-law, Marcal; and the widow, Isaura. Even the dog, Found, is a brilliant creation with a will of his own.Read more ›
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Such a unique novel with a truly profound message in our globalized world. Saramago is a modern day genius.Published 2 days ago by Eric A. Cooney
It's different. The author writes in runon sentences and can be difficult to read. It's a slow paced read, but interestingPublished 3 months ago by Paul McDonald
This is an extended parable based loosely on Plato's "cave analogy" which builds on the classical philosopher's idea of perfect truth contrasting with limited human... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Robert R. Hansel
It's college freshman English literature but I thought this book was pretty entertaining. I think the way they claimed that the dog found the family instead of the family finding... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Yang Liu
Tis is a very interesting, often profound book. It is also original and a great story, with man;y ramificatons in the past and present.Published on July 12, 2013 by anne deGersdorff
First of all I loved the subtle humour embedded in the principal character Cipriano Algor, a Zorba type, very sensitive and original, and the parlays between him and his daughter... Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by Janet Perry
I found the action a little slow and the long paragraphs hard to follow. It did open me up to a new writer and an experience that was new to me. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Doug Wade
One long run-on sentence of wonderful and complex writing. This book requires some thought and it definitely helps to familiarize yourself with Plato's allegory of "The Cave".Published on October 31, 2012 by jhouse101