Saramago has taken blindness, turned it into an epidemic in this book and turned that into a view into humanity. Are we good because what we do is jud...moreSaramago has taken blindness, turned it into an epidemic in this book and turned that into a view into humanity. Are we good because what we do is judged by people? If everyone is blind and there is no one who can know what you did and didnt do, would you still be same person? Just because you can see,you are not blind?
The way of writing this book is odd but odd in the way of saying different. It does not use puntuation much and to quote Mutansir Hussain Tarar, a urdu writer, whose excerpt was posted by a friend when he started reading this book [and why he started reading this book], "one can not identify where one person stops talking and the other starts talking". I found this way of writing interesting. As if the story is so important that it doesnt bother you to deal with a lot of punctuation marks, you create the dialogue in your head in quick ways.
I am sure the lack of punctuation would bother some people but until now, while I started writing this review, I didnt realized and didnt thought about it, but in braille punctuation is not used as we are used to it. Hence, with one last [or first] quirk, Saramago writes the story as if he is writing for a blind person.(less)