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All the Names
All the Names
Author: Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
Senhor José is a low-grade clerk in the city's Central Registry, where the living and the dead share the same shelf space. A middle-aged bachelor, he has no interest in anything beyond the certificates of birth, marriage, divorce, and death that are his daily routine. But one day, when he comes across the records of an anonymous young...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780156010597
ISBN-10: 0156010593
Publication Date: 10/5/2001
Pages: 245
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3.8 stars, based on 44 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 5
This is another brillant human portrayal by this very talented Portuguese writer. He captures the essence of a person's life that may speak to multitudes of us out there. It is another raw and exposing rip into the layers of humanity that many of us would rather not see revealed. His writing is precise and poignant and forever filled with unexpected occurrences. Take the time to read this work and be in a world created by a Master Wordsmith.
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Helpful Score: 3
A fantastic novel by the Nobel-Prize-winning author. If you haven't tried Saramago yet, let this book be your first -- a truly wonderful literary experience!
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One of my favorite books. An adventure that seems to go nowhere. Practically perfect.
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It's a drama, it's a mystery, it's a page-turning story about what obsession and lonliness can do to a human being, left to his or her own devices. This is a rare insightful, read and one you will not soon forget.
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Jose Saramago is one of my favorite authors; however, he does have a very different style of writing so his books aren't for everyone. I find his Portuguese style very similar to a lot of the Latin American writers I read; Gabriel Marquez to name one.
"All the Names" is a wonderful book about life in the twentieth century where people are numbers and are easily filed away. A file clerk goes not only outside his world, which is small, but also escapes his own nature to track down a woman whose name he has happened upon. His discovery is both tragic and heoric, in my opinion, because changing our own nature is the most difficult thing in life to do.
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