Ensayo sobre la ceguera has ratings and reviews. Brad said: Not at all disturbing, not at all compelling and not at all interesting, Jose. Saramago, un escritor que se ha convertido en la conciencia lúcida de una época cegada por los mecanismos del poder, lanza una llamada. Ensayo sobre la ceguera es la ficción de un autor que nos alerta sobre «la responsabilidad de tener ojos cuando otros los perdieron». «Dentro de nosotros hay.

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Las cloacas del poder se ponen en marcha: What gets me is not the rape or that the author thinks it would occur in this situation. View all 3 comments. Now, this book is written in an infuriating way that gets old after. The countless instances in which suspension of disbelief is just impossible. See all books by Jose Saramago. It’s a shame that he punishes the reader so much – not only does he eschew quotes, but he also nearly completely avoids using paragraph breaks and indentation m Saramago, I hear, works closely with his translator, so you can’t blame him or her for the brutal and unforgiving diction of this deeply unpleasant novel.

All of the dialogue in this book is strung together in endlessly long paragraphs with no quotes and few attributions.

It all felt false to me. And so ableist I can’t recommend it to anyone.

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Jan 26, Pages. Incredible if not mysterious writing. Inprominent disability activist Kenneth Jernigan gave a speech at the National Federation of the Blind annual conference entitled ” Blindness: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now.

To view it, click here. And I’m tired of them. Also, all women Oh! Are you fucking kidding me? Once inside the building, the blind man said, Many thanks, I’m sorry for all the trouble I’ve caused you, I can manage on my feguera now, No need to apologise, I’ll come up with you, I wouldn’t be easy in my mind if I were to leave you here.


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She is, remember, the only person in the entire place who can still see, and none of her captives know this. I have never been so glad to finish a book maybe I have, but I don’t remember when. This of course causes the blind people crammed all around her to take notice. I think Albert Camus did a much better job of depicting human nature during an epidemic in “The Plague” though I did f That’s it, I’m done!!

There’s almost no periods. But does she prevent them from happening? The sole exception, the doctor’s wife all of the characters are referred to only by epithetis left to guide a small group of blind people through the resulting chaos and chronicle its horrors including mass rape, starvation, and endless streams of human feces. I don’t even want to go into the gang rape scene and the way the women embrace it as “the only way to ensure our men get fed” because some blind jerk in another ward brought a gun and is holding food hostage, but I spent entirely too much of this book brainstorming solutions for these individuals’ various problems.

Punctuation is your friend.

Subtle this book is not. I’m not ashamed to admit, that when I read for entertainment, I do not read as critically as perhaps others who do appreciate this book.

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Russian is a perfect translation language for this kind of nasty prose, because they have all their participles that make endless convoluted sentences not only possible, but usually pretty understandable albeit not very pretty or stylistically admirable. With the except of the Doctor’s Wife, who’s the main character, none seems much more than a shadow of a person, an animated archetype.



The “main” woman, the doctor’s wife notice how two out of three women in the book is only ever referred to as someone’s wife? Valuables first, then women. Of course, I don’t expect the experience of the magically blinded inhabitants of his allegory to match those of people who are blind in the real world.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. There is no character development, no insights in the human nature, no hearts snsayo minds in wording, no examining of values in the face of evil, no nuance at all, no nothing, nada.

Ensayo sobre la ceguera by José Saramago (1 star ratings)

She has the element of surprise way, way on her side. This is one of the most tedious books I’ve ever encountered! They proceeded very slowly, afraid of falling, the blind man dragged his feet, but this caused him to stumble on the uneven pavement, Be patient, we’re almost there, the other murmured, and a little further ahead, he asked, Is there anyone at home to look after you, and the blind man replied, Ceguerx don’t know, my wife won’t be back from work yet, today it so happened that I left earlier only to have this hit me.

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Oh how I wish it.