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Blindness by José Saramago
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May 12, 11

bookshelves: magic-realism, favorite, literary, books-i-wish-i-could-read-in-the-or
Recommended to C by: school required
Recommended for: fans of magic-realism, fans of poetry
Read on March 01, 2011 — I own a copy, read count: 6

Reading this book, like much of Jose Saramago's work, is an investment.

Everything about this novel from the nameless characters, to endless paragraphs and sentences, to the jumble of dialogue and sensory description are deliberate, and immerse you in the world that has been created. If you have watched the movie adaptation of this book because of the premise, this book certainly offers the realization of it.
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I would certainly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys magic-realism or works that seek to examine social issues through fiction. But I would also strongly recommend this book to readers who have a love for prose and poetry. The deliberate stylization and symbolism used in this book are a real treat to find in a longer work, though it can be overwhelming at times. I do wish I could read Portuguese in order to read this book in its original language to get a feel for what might have been lost in the translation.
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