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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blindness by Jose Saramago

Blindness Blindness by José Saramago

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
While driving in his car, a man suddenly goes blind. This blindness isn't the "normal" kind; rather, he "sees" white instead of darkness. As more and more cases like his pop up, the government decides that a quarantine in an old mental institution is the answer. However, the quarantine doesn't work...everyone (in the entire world?) loses their site and society falls apart.

This might have been a good book, but it is a grammatical nightmare. Saramago must have felt that neglecting to use any sort of structure in this book would provide the reader with the feeling of chaos--the same sort of feeling the characters are feeling. All I felt was frustration. None of the characters even had names.

If someone were to rewrite it using even some rules of grammar, this book would have been much more enjoyable.

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