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Death at Intervals by José Saramago
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Jul 27, 11

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I haven't quite finished this book yet, but I love it and I don't think it will change - I'm so curious of how it will end. I am fascinated by Saramago's style of writing or could one call it method? He takes an everyday thing to the extreme, people becoming blind by whiteness, people starting to vote blank et. al. and this time it's death's turn, the most everyday thing of them all even if we don't want to think about it. After all life is, from a pessimistic view point, a sexually transmitted dicease with 100 % mortality. With this in mind I just have to quote Saramago here - I got so carried away by the beauty of this sentence (p. 128):



"Death knows everything about us, and that perhaps is why she's sad."



I just wish I could read him in his original language and I hope and think that I will read all his books before I receive my violet letter, or rather, that's what I would do when I receive it - and I would certainly re-read this one even if I won't have time to sort out my will!
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