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Blindness (Harvest Book) Paperback – October 4, 1999
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“Saramago's surreal allegory explores the ability of the human spirit to prevail in even the most absurdly unjust of conditions, yet he reinvents this familiar struggle with the stylistic eccentricity of a master.”—The New Yorker
“Extraordinarily nuanced and evocative . . . This year's most propulsive, and most profound, thriller.”—The Village Voice
“Like Jonathan Swift, Saramago uses airily matter-of-fact detail to frame a bitter parable; unlike Swift he pierces the parable with a dart of steely tenderness . . . out of leisurely prose, the ferocity and tenderness shoot suddenly: arrows set alight. . . . Enchanting, sinuous dialogue.”—The Los Angeles Times
“Blindness may be as revolutionary in its own way and time as were, say, The Trial and The Plague in theirs. Another masterpiece.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
About the Author
JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922–2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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This book shows people's true nature and how they can turn evil when times get hard. I would definitely recommend this book. 4 stars!
Once all the artifices of the every day world are stripped away and humans are forced to become primarily responsible for satisfying their own daily needs, Saramago shows us that many of the same traits that we encounter in our everyday existence have a root cause in our practical need for survival. As the new social structures evolve, we see the same patterns and archetypes arise: humans band together to feed themselves and make their own personal universes more finite and manageable; greed and the lust for power overcome some groups, but others opt for compassion and a cooperative spirit; good and evil exist as a function of how we choose to approach our basic needs to feed, clothe and protect ourselves.
By exploring our primal motivations, Saramago explains the human traits we see in our so-called, civilized lives.
Highly readable and highly worthwhile.