One of the best pieces of fiction I have ever read. It is a challenge to read it, no doubt, as there are no character names or even quotation marks to indication dialogue between people. It's like reading Faulkner, in some ways. But once you get the hang of it, it is an amazing story about an epidemic of white blindness that strikes a town, and eventually spreads around the world. It is a commentary as to how society treats the ill, and poses questions as to the disaster preparedness and reaction by the government, military and humanity as a whole. A superb book!
A novel in which an entire population of people is struck with "white blindness" and the general breakdown of civilization which ensues. We follow a group who are linked by having all been exposed to the blindness in (ironically) an opthamologist's office. They are among the first of those to be rounded up and put into quarantine in what used to be a mental institution, and left food and supplies at erratic intervals, but otherwise left to their own devices.
It's a very abstract, allegory-type novel, not your everyday straightforward bestseller. You know there's a deeper meaning beyond the surface but you have to really work a bit harder to get the full experience.
The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature for this novel in 1998.
This is fascinating, brutal, horrifying ... truly stirs up the imagination. Think Lord of the Flies with blind people. Very sad in places, and amusing in others. Saramango is a very adept author, excellent at sharing his visions with the reader, and this is accomplished in some part by his unique style of punctuation. This is a surprisingly quick read, but not for the faint of heart.
An amazingly well written story that kept me captivated throughout. I had a hard time deciding whether to post it or hold onto it, in case I wanted to read it a few more times.
One of the most depressing and uplifting books I've ever read. Saramago has an interesting style of prose. My mom says it's a lack of punctuation but I disagree. This guy is a genius.