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on September 5, 2002
Saramago probably masters his native language amazingly well, but he has the mindframe of a marxist professor of the 50ies, and as much as he can try, he just can't think out of it. He is disturbingly pompous and predictable while pretending to be original and provocative. He pretends to tell the life of Jesus "as if Jesus had been a real man". If this book had been published 2000 or more years ago , it would (maybe) be a nice provocation. Being himself a marxist who has not understood a bit about christianity, he misses the forest for the trees and thinks it is daring to tell how Jesus was peeing as a kid. Jose, wake up! Worth reading, to see how clumsy he gets.
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on August 24, 1999
If you have 20 dollars to spare, do yourself a favor: buy this book and start asking yourself why in the world did the nobel prize go to Saramago. This way you'll never again spend a second reading such a terrible writer. I am from Portugal, and have long ago tried reading Saramago. I was very willing to appreciate the work of a portuguese author well known in other countries, but after trying two different books, I gave up.
First, Saramago tries to "invent" a new style of writing which consists of eliminating any type of punctuation. It is very difficult to find a sentence he writes with less than 1000 words. People call him a genius for that "innovative" style. I call it opportunistic. Well, we are talking about a man who admires the Castro regime, and who sees himself as the ultimate intellectual of our days...what would you expect?
His success is a proof about how "going against the norm" is often associated with being talented, and how the common people need such public figures, although talent is, in fact, non-existent.
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