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“A novel that reminds readers how much loneliness can be like death . . . Saramago is one of the best.” —Susan Salter Reynolds, Los Angeles Times
“Within the first few pages, Saramago establishes a tension that sings on the page, rises, produces stunning revelations and culminates when the final paragraph twists expectations once again.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“From the beginning, Saramago is in perfect control of the narrative, and the result is a tour de force.” —The Denver Post
Praise for Blindness
“Blindness is a shattering work by a literary master.” —The Boston Globe
“This is an important book, one that is unafraid to face all the horrors of the century.” —The Washington Post
“Extraordinarily nuanced and evocative . . . This year’s most propulsive, and profound, thriller.” —The Village Voice
About the Author
- ASIN : B003T0GBPG
- Publisher : Mariner Books; First edition (October 5, 2001)
- Publication date : October 5, 2001
- Language : English
- File size : 1078 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 262 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #211,678 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By Terry Connell on September 28, 2019
This is the story of a aging, low-level clerk in the Registrar's office. After decades of doing his work perfectly and invisibly, Senhor Jose begins to track the lives of famous people using newspapers and, more importantly, the information at the Registrar's office as sources. While uncovering information about some famous person, he accidentally pulls out the information card on a woman who is not famous and he begins to track her down. In fact, he becomes obsessed with tracking her down--ultimately discovering that her life seems in its own way to be as empty as his. And that he loves her.
This is a short novel filled with ironies. In tracking down this woman, Senhor Jose realizes how empty his life has been and yet his search gives meaning to his life. In fact, his search begins to cause all kinds of changes in himself and in others around him. In his search to create a real woman from a piece of paper in the Registrar's office, he creates himself instead and alters those with whom he comes in contact.
In All the Names, Saramago has written a strong and interesting novel. If not quite up to the power of his novel Blindness, it is still good reading. I am amazed at the effectiveness of Saramago style (at least as is comes across in translation). His long paragraphs with limited punctuations containing entire conversations, including multiple characters thoughts and impressions are well done. It is an interesting approach, especially to someone used to the traditions of direct quotation in written conversations so common in modern fiction. The way his characters are not known by name but by who they are is fascinating. (The only exception to this is Senhor Jose who is in many ways more faceless than characters without names. Interesting.) Saramago is definitely a unique stylist. After Blindness and All the Names, I'm looking forward to going back and reading some of his older books.
Top reviews from other countries
'All the names' is a clever book that draws you into the monotonous and mundane world of a middle-aged civil servant and then gives you an extraordinary story within the framework of a well thought-out philosophy about life, love and death. This novel explores the consequences of sustained loneliness, personal development and how how the living of our modern world rub shoulders with the dead. We are caught up with Senor Jose's quest to learn more about the 'unknown woman.' We tremble with him as he braves his fear of heights and roots around like a stalker in someone's else's life. We worry about the lows he experiences, the effect of his obsession on his mental health and how he risks everything to fulfill his quest to the bitter end. Finally, we applaud his bravery and obvious strength of character in the face of exposure.
An uplifting book, where 'every man' triumphs. Highly recommended for the thoughtful.