The Cave

The Cave

eBook - 2003
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PRAISE FOR THE CAVE "Nothing about The Cave feels like the work of either an old man of 80 or a world-famous author playing it safe. . . . It is yet another triumph . . . for Portugal's, or even the world's, greatest living novelist. Read it."--The Washington Post Book World "As with Proust, to be drawn into a Saramago sentence is to be drawn into a world that takes shape out of a maze. . . . His human voices wake us and we live."--The New York Times Book Review
Cipriano Algor, an elderly potter, lives with his daughter Marta and her husband Marçal in a small village on the outskirts of The Center, an imposing complex of shops, apartments, and offices to which Cipriano delivers his pots and jugs every month. On one such trip, he is told not to make any more deliveries. Unwilling to give up his craft, Cipriano tries his hand at making ceramic dolls. Astonishingly, The Center places an order for hundreds, and Cipriano and Marta set to work-until the order is cancelled and the three have to move from the village into The Center. When mysterious sounds of digging emerge from beneath their apartment, Cipriano and Marçal investigate, and what they find transforms the family's life. Filled with the depth, humor, and the extraordinary philosophical richness that marks each of Saramago's novels, The Cave is one of the essential books of our time.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003
ISBN: 9780547537986
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (320 pages)
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull
Call Number: eBook


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Nov 27, 2017

It is hard to categorize Saramago's books, much less his writing style. Punctuation seems to be grudgingly used and a single sentence may be an entire paragraph. He is a great storyteller; sometimes I hear him reading his books to me;)
I guess my favorite parts of his books are his rambling asides about how he refers to a dog or a man throughout, involving the readers with a "we". His pronouncements about society, marriage, death, and language hit the mark precisely, as in this passage,
"Authoritarian, paralyzing, circular, occasionally elliptical stock phrases, also jocularly referred to as nuggets of wisdom, are a malignant plague, one of the very worst ever to ravage the earth." --pg 56. He goes on to list examples that are spot on and skewer those pompous balloons of inane placatory mutterings. Better to say nothing than issue forth with one of these 'nuggets.'
Saramago's books are not to be rushed through or skimmed, thus my need to check this book out again when I had more time. I love that I have to concentrate while reading his stories.


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