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The Cave by José Saramago
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Nov 28, 08

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I admit unabashed a deep love for Saramago's style, regardless of what he's writing. And I agree that his writing does seem to be hit or miss for most: either you love it or don't see the point, and find it over-reaching and trite. I loved Blindness, but thought Seeing was terrible, despite my continued infatuation with the writing style, and so was nervous for The Cave. And Saramago certainly reaches in The Cave, to an extent that most lovers of classic literature probably won't allow, in how plainly he tries to make Plato's work his own, without a particularly strong narrative line. Were it for the narrative alone, I would not care much for this book. But, as Saramago has been a master of the tangent before, I found his tangents more insightful yet in this work, found myself waiting for the next time he'd let his words roam astray. So don't read it for the story -- you'll be disappointed if you do. But do read it for the tangents.
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