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Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
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Jan 03, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: not-worth-finishing

inane, insipid and idiotic.
it was as if a complete nincompoop tried to re-write Camus' THE PLAGUE then the nincompoop's editor says, "Who'll read this?! Where's the drama? Where's the romantic interest!?" so the second half of the book was a blend of the original idiocy and a second idiocy-- -so much so that the tense changes from calling the reader in second and then third person, referring to the writer in first and third person... oh, and did i mention this is an author who has a Nobel Prize? astounding.

oh, an actual sentence out of the book--- hold on.
page 174, talking of "death" who is now you for this page: In that apartment, you, who had grown used to being able to do what no one else can, saw how impotent you were, tied hand and foot, with your double-o-seven license to kill rendered null and voice, never, admit it, not in all your days as death, had you felt so humiliated.

did you catch that?
your double-o-seven license as death...

sentence structure was confusing with the first letter capitalized but nothing else, not even proper names, unless there was a random quote thrown in which was not stated with a he/she said but just a capital letter... even the character death, stated irrefutably in the book as NEVER being printed with a capital letter, was twice printed as Death when beginning a sentence with her name...

one of the most poorly thought out and poorly written books i've read in ages.
there should be negative stars for books this bad.

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message 1: by Malbadeen (new)

Malbadeen okay but the cover....mmmm!

message 2: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth ha. nincompoop. ha.

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