The Double

The Double

eBook - 2005
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PRAISE FOR THE DOUBLE "In varying proportions [Saramago] is melancholy, funny, scary and socially enraged. Such elements have rarely worked better together than in The Double. It's tempting to think of it as his masterpiece."--The New York Times "Saramago has the gift of gab. Our impression is of a writer, like Faulkner, so confident of his resources and ultimate destination that he can bring any impossibility to life by hurling words at it."--John Updike, The New Yorker
Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. But during the night, when he is awakened by noises in his apartment, he goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video. He watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him-or, more specifically, exactly like he did five years before, mustachioed and fuller in the face-appears on the screen. He sleeps badly. Against his better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he roots out the man's identity, what begins as a whimsical story becomes a "wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality" (The Boston Globe). Saramago displays his remarkable talent in this haunting tale of appearance versus reality.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2005
ISBN: 9780547538877
Characteristics: data file
1 online resource (336 pages)
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull
Call Number: eBook


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Apr 07, 2015

This novel, by the Nobel winner from Portugal, Jose Saramago, was made into a movie, Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The complexity of the film, pushed me into reading this novel, which then pushed me into reading a long interview of Saramago in the Paris Review. Only upon reading the interview, do I really get a greater understanding of the novel. According to Saramago, he gets an idea that he wishes to explore and he develops a character. Day-by-day, he tries to think what his characters think, while ponder about the initial idea. This is exactly how the book reads. We are actually following the sequence that Saramago follows as he writes the book. In the interview, Saramago, states his belief that Americans like his works less than Europeans because Americans generally prefer simpler writing.

lpr Apr 01, 2012

We struggle with different aspects of ourselves. This is based on those late night wonderings "what would my life be like if..."


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