Blindness by Jose Saramago
(Harvest Book)

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13 Critic Reviews

The end result is a very rich book, which is all the more potent for the open-endedness of the narrative. Certainly there are lessons to be learned from Blindness, but José Saramago will not spell them out for you.
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Synopsis

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses-and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature
 

About Jose Saramago

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JOSÉ SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
 
Published August 23, 2013 by Mariner Books. 349 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

The embattled relationships among the people of a city mysteriously struck by an epidemic of blindness form the core of this superb novel...Echoes of Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and images hinting at Holocaust experiences enrich the texture of a brilliant allegory that may be as revolutionary in its own way...Another masterpiece.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Nov 17 2008

The end result is a very rich book, which is all the more potent for the open-endedness of the narrative. Certainly there are lessons to be learned from Blindness, but José Saramago will not spell them out for you.

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Reviewed by Joel Caris on Feb 09 2005

The novel is about our society and our humanity and will leave you both shaken and inspired about what it is to live, what it is to be human.

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Reviewed by Joel Caris on Feb 09 2005

The climax is chilling and it speaks to something greater within us as humans. I won’t pretend to fully grasp what it is...but I could feel the underlying truths of that scene as I read it...The novel is about our society and our humanity and will leave you both shaken and inspired about what it is to live, what it is to be human.

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Tor

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Reviewed by Ryan Britt on May 10 2011

Science fiction stories about epidemics and disasters that touch every aspect of our society are some of the most effective in conveying what the human condition is really all about...Blindness is classic example of science fiction at its best.

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PopMatters

Excellent
Reviewed by DEREK BERES on Nov 02 2008

Blindness is Sarmago’s most intimate and compelling book, emotional on a level only matched by his The Gospel According To Jesus Christ...Like all timeless works, it is very timely at this moment, in a country where we are voting ourselves into blindness by politically considering “more of the same”.

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ReadySteadyBook

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Reviewed by Mark Thwaite on Sep 19 2004

1998's Nobel Prize winner for Literature, Jose Saramaga, has, with his superb novel Blindness, written one of the finest European novels of the last few years...Blindness is a luminous piece, and a wonderful starting point for readers seeking a scrupulous and wise guide to these injudicious and myopic times.

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EzineArticles

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Reviewed by Tonia Jordan on Jan 12 2011

This book is good for when you're in the mood for something serious...I recommend reading this novel because although it has some very difficult scenes, it feels like an important read. I felt I learned something through reading this, and although it shows the potential for evil in humanity, it also gives hope.

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Reviewed by Caroline Norrington on May 31 2015

Blindness is one of those rare books that crawled inside my head and has stayed with me for years after I read it. It transported me to another world and made me see my own world with new eyes. It is filled with language that you can re-read and savour...For anyone interested in dystopic fiction, this is one of the must-read works of the genre.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Nov 17 2008

Blindness is a novel, but it also reads as a myth or fable...The end result is a very rich book, which is all the more potent for the open-endedness of the narrative. Certainly there are lessons to be learned from Blindness, but José Saramago will not spell them out for you.

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Reviewed by Leeswammes on Aug 10 2010

The book is written in a dense way, although it is quite an easy read. It’s dense in the sense that dialogues are written all on the same lines, there is no new line for a new speaker...A wonderful book which has some interesting ideas and a dark view on humanity when the world as we know it changes.

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The New Canon

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Reviewed by Ted Gioia on Jun 05 2015

In times of crisis, our responses to circumstances are intensified and transformed, but rarely simplified...The end result is a very rich book, which is all the more potent for the open-endedness of the narrative. Certainly there are lessons to be learned from Blindness, but José Saramago will not spell them out for you.

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Asylum

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Reviewed by John Self on Sep 16 2010

Blindness is not a thriller; although there are varied thrills here, Saramago’s eccentric style (run-on sentences and dialogue in unbroken blocks of text) rejects the simpler tricks of a thriller: the short sentences, paragraphs and chapters that imitate pace...Blindness is more purely allegorical, with no specified setting in time or place.

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