- File Size: 9661 KB
- Print Length: 2985 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (November 29, 2010)
- Publication Date: November 29, 2010
- Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004D4YCLM
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,382 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Collected Novels of José Saramago Kindle Edition
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As a new Kindle user looking for my first few books to purchase, I first searched for Jose Saramago to see what offerings were on the Kindle, not expecting to find a collection covering most all of his (translated) published works from Baltasar and Blimunda to The Elephant's Journey. With gems like Blindness, The Stone Raft, and The Cave (among others), this collection is essential for any Saramago fan, and at just over a dollar a book, should make it painfully easy for any newcomer to submerse themselves in some of the finest novels (and translations) that have been published.
Saramago's punctuation and formatting style is different, and lacking in traditional structure. But, your patience will be hugely rewarded with Saramago's profound commentary and reflections of love, life, and what it means to be human.
Seemingly endless paragraphs will be closed with simple, profound statements that could only come from a lifetime of critical and honest observation - sometimes heart-warming, sometimes questioning our strongest beliefs, and always poetic. If there was some sort of shortcut to the wisdom of our elders, these stories would be them.
Every novel that Saramago wrote that has been translated into English is here, except for Cain, which was published a short time after this collection was published.
This isn't a spoiler, but an example: at one point the main character in "All the Names" observes a shepherd picking up and moving headstones around in a cemetary. When asked why, the shepherd's simple answer is something to the effect of "because that way everyone will have someone mourn him."
I look forward to reading Saramago's other stories in this collection.
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