Blindness

Blindness

eBook - 1999 | 1st Harvest ed.
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"A city is struck by an epidemic of "white blindness." Authorities confine the blind to a vacant mental hospital secured by armed guards under instructions to shoot anyone trying to escape. Inside, the criminal element among the blind holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting 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 twientieth century, Blindness is a powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses--and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit"--P. 4 of cover.
Publisher: San Diego, CA : Harcourt, Inc., 1999., c1997.
Edition: 1st Harvest ed.
ISBN: 9780547537597
054753759X
Characteristics: 1 online resource (327 p.)
Additional Contributors: Pontiero, Giovanni
Summary: "A city is struck by an epidemic of "white blindness." Authorities confine the blind to a vacant mental hospital secured by armed guards under instructions to shoot anyone trying to escape. Inside, the criminal element among the blind holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting 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 twientieth century, Blindness is a powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses--and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit"--P. 4 of cover.

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CMLReads_Laura Feb 14, 2016

When a portion of the population suddenly goes blind, they are placed in an empty hospital for isolation. Ensuing criminal activity among the captives prompts the lone sighted member of the party to seek an alternative outcome for herself and several others.


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LexiLou2
Mar 12, 2018

I'm glad that I persevered past the first 2 sections as this unique writing style makes sense once you allow yourself to let go of the habitual preference for formal dialogue grammar and structure. I didn't finish this book as I found the pacing slowed down half-way through, mostly because I wasn't comfortable in the sheer squalor that became the wards and the plausibility of this being the case became to visceral and depressing. I took lots of little bits away from this book, though. It was thought-provoking.

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chcgbyrd
Oct 30, 2016

This book is life as it is today with many taking more than they deserve or can ever use leaving others barely to survive or to die from want instead. Man is said to be the higher animal. I doubt it. I had to both read the book along with the audio book to make sense of it.

Brilliantly written and riveting. A powerful story worth exploring and experiencing.

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soniaregina
Feb 08, 2016

One of the greatest writers of 20th century and one of the best Portuguese literature tittle.

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BrandonTrotter
Jun 23, 2015

While it takes a little while to get used to the unnerving writing style, Saramago slowly draws his reader in with an immersion rarely seen. The confusion, chaos, and fear of sudden blindness is conveyed with finesse and style.

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mkchantelois
Jun 02, 2015

Slow to get into, but ultimately brilliant. Haunting. Vivid. A true piece of literary virtuosity.

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No_Stalkers4Me
Oct 04, 2014

Dark, compelling.

Felicia_Caro May 05, 2014

Although at the beginning I was frustrated with Jose Saramago's style of writing (very stream of consciousness), I slowly became accustomed to it and now 'Blindness' is probably one of my favorite books conceptually. This is a tale of being lost amidst criminal debauchery & finally finding solace with the right group of people. Well worth reading.

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lukasevansherman
Apr 13, 2014

I've read a few books by the late Portuguese Nobel winner Jose Saramago, but this is by far the best. He's sometimes described as a fabulist and compared to Calvino, Eco and Murakami. This novel, about an unnamed city, struck by a plague of blindness, feels something like J.G. Ballard rewriting Camus's "The Plague." It is both a powerful, resonant allegory and a visceral novel about regular people in extraordinary circumstances. It was made into a film several years ago. Followed by "Seeing."

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stupeykat
Nov 18, 2013

Incredible! Powerful! An unusual style of writing, but once I adjusted it draws you into the story of base human nature - and I found myself wondering... what would you do, who would you become? A MUST READ! I look forward to reading more of Jose Saramgo!

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Sep 16, 2012

From Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago, a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" that spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and assaulting women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides her charges-among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears-through the barren streets, and their procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that's bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength.

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