I would give "The Cave" 5 stars were it not for the exceedingly complicated writing style. This is the first Saramago I have read and, aside from the (to me) unnecessarily difficult style, I thought it was brilliant, for all the reasons so eloquently expressed by other reviewers. I loved the characters and the way Saramago put us inside their thoughtful, humorous, and very human minds.
My only contribution is to bring readers' attention to parallels with the arena complex proposed this week for Brooklyn. It happened that I was reading "The Cave" as the media told us about how "eminent domain" will be used to deprive people of their homes and businesses so… Read more