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Blindness by José Saramago
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bookshelves: audiobook, read-in-2011
Read from September 26 to October 15, 2011

This was a fascinating story that felt a bit overdone. There were many times when the narration launched into a literary-style rambling sidepoint. This was often philosophical in nature, and extremely distracting.

I was amazed at how quickly kindness, politeness, and basic civilization disintegrated into animal-like survival. Some of the actions and events that happened were horrible and disturbing.

This is not an easy book to read. I almost stopped at one point because the scenes are depicted in stark, graphic and very detailed descriptions. Including a horrific rape and murder scene. Definitely not for the faint of heart. This was made into a movie in 2008, which was rated R. If books were rated, this would be an R as well.

That being said, the story was intriguing and compelling. As the story progressed, I wasn't sure if I wanted it to end in a happy ending, or if it should keep up the dark feel and end tragically. I was satisfied with the ending, but not blown away.
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