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The Cave by José Saramago
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Mar 03, 2009

really liked it

This is an amazing book. However...

Why, why, why must people give away important plot points? The Cave's story, of a potter and his small family, is a simple one. So why did Harcourt, Inc. feel the need to describe the entire story on the back of the book? There are literally things mentioned on the back jacket which do not happen until around page 250 of the book. (And the book only hase 300 pages.)

I know that Jose Saramago was not trying to write a mystery. But a little suspense is nice.

Anyway...Saramago is considered by many to be the Earth's greatest living writer. I can certainly see why folks would think so. (Though my money is still on Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Interesting that both Garcia Marquez and Saramago are communists and friends of Fidel Castro.)

Read the book. Ignore the jacket. Write to your congress person and demand that publishers stop giving away important plot points.
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Allison Thank you! I was just thinking the same thing. I am on page 240 and I can't believe how badly someone screwed up. It's an amazing book but not at all what one would expect just by reading the book jacket.

Andrea Izzy i concur. i wish i had known just had the first sentence on the back cover.

Justin Exactly! I must have probably read the back cover long before picking up the book. Once I started reading it, maybe 100-150 pages in, I made the mistake of reading the back cover - who knows why - and was really mad at myself for doing so...

Norman I read a Harvill publication of The Cave, finished late last night, and only read the back cover after reading this post. I don't know if what it said was the same as the Harcourt version, but it sounded very much like it...and I am so thankful I didn't read it beforehand because not knowing how things would turn out played a large part in keeping me going.

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