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Blindness by José Saramago
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Dec 15, 2007

really liked it
Read in November, 2007

Saramago's story centers around a city in which everyone is struck suddenly and inexplicably by blindness with the exception of one woman who bears witness to the experience. The bulk of the tale explores what happens to a society that relies on sight, when that ability is taken away.

Saramago employs a number of techniques to take away the reader's ability to "see" by cutting out most of the punctuation, never naming his characters and throwing away paragraph breaks almost entirely. The effect is quite disorienting.

The book takes a pretty sardonic look at human behavior as well. How do people behave when no one can see them-- when an identity based on sight is stripped from them and society itself crumbles as infrastructures cease to function when no one can see.

The book in general, is pretty dark and has the feel of a fable where the reader is left to infer the 'moral' of the tale.


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