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The Cave
The Cave
Author: Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
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, apartment blocks, offices, and sensation zones. Marçal works there as a security guard, and Cipriano drives him to work each day before delivering his own humble po...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780151004140
ISBN-10: 0151004145
Publication Date: 11/1/2002
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 6 ratings
Publisher: Harcourt
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 2
Couldn't get into it. Heard it was kindof deep and had sortof a "mysterious" ending...
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It takes a bit to get accustomed his writing stylea variation of stream of consciousness. His paragraphs are long (often two pages or more), He rarely uses a period, He does not use quotation makes for dialog, His narrative and character dialog are only differentiated by a capital letter following a comma, The comma is used to separate sentences. Confused already? You wont be after 50 or 60 pages. After reading Moby Dick I felt as if I knew all I needed to find and land a whale; now I know everything about making pottery. This is a veritable textbook; and thats the main thread of the story. Oh yes, for you pedants, as in Moby Dick, there is a major allegory within it, as well as deep character studies. Youll miss the allegory if you havent studied Platos Republic beforehand.
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Saramago, who has been called 'the world's greatest living novelist,' has created an allegorical novel of an elderly potter whose precarious existence is threatened when he can no longer sell his wares. Rave reviews from all the major critics.
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Excellent story of a potter in Portugal. Great characters, touching story.
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This is one of my favorite Saramago books. While his style of writing takes some adjustment, once you get the hang of his style I believe you'll love it. I like to tell people Saramago writes like we think; free-form. "The Cave" offers life lessons on the twenty-first century and how individuality has lost favor as well as the sense that family is everything. This is a refreshing book with so many lessons.

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