Raised from the Ground is Saramago’s most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant works.
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If this novel’s vision of entrenched inequalities makes it seem timely, another factor makes it aesthetically essential: By the author’s own reckoning it’s the book where he found and developed his style.Read Full Review of Raised from the Ground | See more reviews from NY Times
The breadth of his thought and sympathy, the difficult balance between the patience and trust he speaks of and his passionate political conviction give the novel a wider focus than most such testimonies of human injustice.Read Full Review of Raised from the Ground | See more reviews from Guardian
This novel expects a patient reader willing to plunge into a detailed, nearly stream-of-consciousness approach played off of Mr. Saramago’s unpredictable third-person, yet intimate and offbeat voice filtered in and out of a variety of heroes...Read Full Review of Raised from the Ground | See more reviews from NY Journal of Books
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