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Blindness
Blindness | Jos Saramago
A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangersamong them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tearsthrough 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 twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses-and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit. The stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature
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ValerieAndBooks
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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An epidemic of white blindness (a blank white is experienced) suddenly hits and the first sufferers are sent to an asylum. As more people are struck, everything spirals into epic dystopian proportions.

Wow, I loved this and would love to discuss. Punctuation is minimal (see my previous post) but easy to get into the narrative flow.

Unforgettable! Definitely seeking out author‘s other works; several are #1001Books, but not this one.

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ValerieAndBooks This counts as a one-word title for #ReadWithMrBook @MrBook . Also #ReadingEurope2020 (#Portugal — although it doesn‘t specify that it‘s set there, the author is Portuguese) @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle 1w
4thhouseontheleft I loved this book when I read it a few years ago. What did you think of the ending? There is actually a sequel 1w
Hooked_on_books I read this one a while back and loved, loved, loved it! 1w
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Liz_M I've read 3 or 4 of his novels, my favorite is tagged. I am not a fan of history or historical novels and so was less interested in The History of the Siege of Lisbon, but you might like it! The present-day city description was fabulous, just not the history stuff. 😂 1w
BarbaraBB I loved Blindness too. But then I read the tagged one and bailed so I am always hesitating to read him! (edited) 1w
Suet624 Hmm..this one is stacked already. I don‘t remember ever hearing about it though. 1w
Librarybelle Good choice for Portugal! 1w
MrBook Oh, nice review! On my TBR! 😁 1w
Blaire This has been on my tbr forever!!! 1w
Freespirit Amazing book...frightening, riveting 1w
ValerieAndBooks @4thhouseontheleft I really liked the ending -- very hopeful. I do wonder how they reconstructed after the people started to recover. The sequel has definitely been on my radar and I hope to find it soon 👍! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Hooked_on_books Yes, it is fantastic! It was in my TBR for so long....but better late than never! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M I'm definitely eager to seek out his other works. I usually buy used, but he might have to be an exception! And I love history so the Lisbon one might be my type also 😊 1w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB Hmm, do you remember what made you bail? Not the right time, or definitely bad writing? I know not all of any author's works can always satisfy everyone. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 However you stacked it, I hope you like it when you get to it 😊 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Librarybelle Thanks -- two countries down, many more to go 😉 1w
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook Thanks for this month's prompt which got me to finally pull it out of the TBR! Loved it. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Blaire It was in my TBR for a long time -- LT tells me since Nov. 2009 😮 . Can't believe it took me this long to finally get to it! Hope you do, soon 😊 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Freespirit yes, exactly! So many thoughts with it. What was scary was how society broke down as a result! 1w
BarbaraBB I couldn‘t get into it. An ongoing stream of conscience while Blindness was plot driven, which I prefer! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB that makes sense. I prefer plot driven, also 😂! 1w
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ValerieAndBooks
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I have been engrossed with this story of what happens when an epidemic of blindness hits, in spite of the punctuation style throughout (see above). Also none of the characters have names — they‘re “the doctor‘s wife”, “girl with dark glasses”, etc.

But tonight am having a hard time. I‘m sure it didn‘t help that I had two mango martinis along with a very filling Indian dinner 😋 with hubby tonight 🥴🍸🍸. Will get back to this tomorrow!

Leftcoastzen Hang in there ! This is on my TBR. 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Leftcoastzen I have about 75 pages left, definitely should be able to finish tomorrow when I‘m more alert 😊. This had been in my TBR, too, for a long time. 1w
TieDyeDude If I remember correctly, I reread this almost immediately after my first readthough. Amazing work. I can see the writing style being hard to deal with while intoxicated, though. 😁 1w
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Reggie I‘m jealous of the martinis and the Indian food!!! Sounds like a good night! 1w
Liz_M This is such an amazing book, once you fall into the flow of the no punctuation writing style! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @TieDyeDude Yes, this was so good. I'm still thinking about it! I know there is a sequel of sorts (Seeing) and now I want to read that ASAP! Have you read it yet? And yes those drinks packed a punch -- next time I know to get just one 🙃 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Reggie It was a good night indeed 😁 . I don't think there's much Indian food where you are? BTW this book would be right up your alley I think! 1w
ValerieAndBooks @Liz_M Yes, definitely amazing, and the great thing is that it didn't take long at all to fall into that flow... after a couple pages I was sucked right in! 1w
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ValerieAndBooks
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I don‘t usually put my reading goals out there as far as challenges, etc — but I‘m excited about the ones I plan to do in 2020! They‘re as follows:
#authoramonth2020 @Soubhiville
#readwithmrbook @MrBook
#ReadingEurope2020 @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle
#classicschallenge2020 @Reviewsbylola
#1001Books (ongoing challenge)

I don‘t expect to get much reading done in January as I‘ll be away the second half.

Tagged book fits 2 of the challenges 📚📚

Reviewsbylola Good luck with your challenges. I‘m glad you‘re joining us! 3w
Suet624 good luck! 3w
BarbaraBB Looking forward to another year of reading with you 💕 3w
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MrBook What an honor #ReadWithMrBook is one of your choices! ☺️🤗🤗🤗 3w
Librarybelle Good luck! ❤️❤️❤️ 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Reviewsbylola this will be fun, trying 😊📚📚📚 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Suet624 thanks, I might need it! Didn‘t realize how many European countries there are 😅! 3w
ValerieAndBooks @BarbaraBB same!! I started looking up possibilities...I don‘t know if I‘ll get to all the countries, but look forward to broadening my reading horizons 😊 3w
ValerieAndBooks @MrBook I couldn‘t resist your reading prompts for the year 😘 3w
ValerieAndBooks @Librarybelle thanks! I look forward to the different perspectives I‘m sure I‘ll encounter. 3w
Suet624 I really have never been good at challenges of any kind my entire life. So I‘m particularly impressed by your desire to push yourself. 3w
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Blueberry
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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BarbaraBB Loved this one. 2mo
Freespirit Oooh this is a book that stays with you for ever! Very thought provoking 2mo
Eggs Great cover and intriguing premise👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
GrahamBarnesy Next on my list. Can't wait! 2mo
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WriterAtHeart
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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When the whole world goes blind, what becomes of society? Jose Saramago toys with this question, exploring human nature and the world we see- or in their case, no longer can see. Intriguing read and one that definitely gave me some things to think about.

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Blueberry
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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Almost everybody in the world goes blind except they see white.

#BlackorWhite #SeptemberSins
@Jenniferw88 @NataliePatalie

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MySharonaK
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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7 days 7 covers - day 4

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Geeklet
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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When you ask me what my favorite book is, the answer is always either Blindness or The Road, depending on which one I‘ve most recently reread. As usual, this book was a wonderful experience. As soon as this readathon is done, I plan on reading the sequel “Seeing”.

violabrain This is an amazing book! 4mo
Geeklet @violabrain I love it so much. 4mo
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Geeklet
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I‘m participating in the Tome Infinity and Beyond readathon that started today, mostly because it gave me a fun reason to reread Blindness. I freaking adore this book. This reread is just as good as every other one.

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DavidDiamond
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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Imagine a world where people suddenly go blind and there is no rhyme nor reason for this bizarre epidemic. While at times difficult to read due to the structure and that its a translated book, that should not prevent you from picking up this dystopian masterwork by this Pulitzer Prize winning author.

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gdr18
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I read this book in about a day after a friend of mine recommended it to me. The book grabbed my attention and didn't let me go until I finished.

Eggs Welcome to Litsy 👏🏻🎈👏🏻 6mo
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Astroneman
Cecit | Jos Saramago
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"we did not become blind, I think we are. Blind who, while seeing, do not see".
(blindness)
One of my favorite writers.
4 stars on goodreads
#book #readingchallenge2019 #litsy #toread #bookly #bookworm #josesaramago #blindness #litsybook #goodreads

Freespirit This is a harrowing story but I loved the writing. 7mo
Redwritinghood One of my favorites too. 7mo
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Allison.Elizabeth
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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Dystopian and dark AF. Just what I was looking for.

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imitelis
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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#OneWordReview : "MASTERPIECE".

Here are some of my favorite quotes from the book:

"Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are."

“The difficult thing isn't living with other people, it's understanding them.”

"I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see"

(due to word limit I'm adding some more quotes in comment section below)

imitelis Some more:--> 10mo
imitelis “the only thing more terrifying than blindness is being the only one who can see.” 10mo
imitelis “all stories are like those about the creation of the universe, no one was there, no one witnessed anything, yet everyone knows what happened.” 10mo
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imitelis “You have no idea what it is like to watch two blind people fighting. Fighting has always been, more or less, a form of blindness.” 10mo
imitelis “That we're going to die is something we know from the moment we are born, That's why, in some ways, it's as if we were born dead.” 10mo
imitelis “there is nothing in this world that belongs to us in an absolute sense” 10mo
imitelis (when the girl with dark glasses begins to weep) "Be quiet" the doctor's wife said gently, " let's all keep quiet, there are times when words serve no purpose, if only I, too, could weep, say everything with tears, not have to speak in order to be understood." 10mo
imitelis “Fear can cause blindness, said the girl with dark glasses, Never a truer word, that could not be truer, we were already blind the moment we turned blind, fear struck us blind, fear will keep us blind” 10mo
imitelis “Without a future, the present serves no purpose,” 10mo
imitelis I guess i need to come to a halt. There are lot of lines from this book which i totally fell in love with, but i guess i should leave some of them for you guys to discover by yourself.. 10mo
rachaich I loved this book. Seriously in awe of it. I think I watched the film after but it's the book that stuck with me :) 10mo
imitelis Yeah.. One thing the movie does exceptionally well is cinematography. They have done very good job at adapting the book and its language into visual form. At least that's what i think. 10mo
imitelis I especially loved the ending of book and the protagonist "Doctor's Wife" 10mo
pdever Great book! 10mo
Redwritinghood He is one of my favorite authors. I still need to reading “Seeing”, though. 10mo
imitelis Me too. I haven't read it but from what i have came to know about it, it's not the direct continuation of blindness. It's different story within same story world if I'm not wrong. Though i have heard that the doctor and his wife do make appearance in the sequel but not as main protagonists. 10mo
ShyBookOwl I've been curious about this one. I hear it has a unique structure 10mo
imitelis Yeah.. The style is quite unique. Many long sentences are there in which commas take the place of periods, quotation marks, semicolons and colons. There are no quotation marks. So its slightly difficult for one to guess who's speaking to whom. But it's totally done on purpose. 10mo
imitelis And there are no proper character names, we just get to know them by their profession or particular trait or relationship to another character eg. Doctor, doctor's wife, girl with dark glasses, etc. 10mo
Carolyn11215 This book messed with my head something fierce. I read it while my mom was going blind. Not an ideal time to read...scared the bejesus out of me. 10mo
CaitlinR Added it to my TBR based on the description, your quotes., and the comments. Thanks 10mo
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Freespirit
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I bought this book on my recent trip to Portugal. It is my first by the Portuguese author Jose Saramago. It is way outside my comfort zone! An epidemic of blindness hits the city and it shows the social structures we take for granted falling apart. At times it is brutal and dark but it is also brave and heroic and well written.
It has a strange writing style with long paragraphs and minimal punctuation. I am glad I read it and would read another

RadicalReader Gorgeous book cover honestly unbelievable how pretty these covers can be 10mo
Haroon_Ishaq On my TBR for long 😑 10mo
Freespirit I agree @RadicalReader 😊 10mo
Freespirit It is definitely worth reading @Haroon_Ishaq and is a relatively quick read. 10mo
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Freespirit
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I wanted to share my travels in Portugal 🇵🇹 I have come to Obidos north of Lisbon. It is a beautiful medieval walled town well known for its book shops and literary festival. I am staying at “The Literary Man Hotel” which has books every where. Above top left is the book shop which was originally a church where I purchased Jose Saramago‘s book Blindness. Other photos are from our hotel and myself at the medieval wall. Such a gorgeous place❤️

Emilymdxn Oh my god these pics are incredible it sounds like a dream trip!! I need to go back and go to these places. 11mo
YouReadMyEyes Lovely! 11mo
Freespirit I saw that Obidos had a literary theme and had to stay at a book themed hotel. Highly recommended for bookish people like us @Emilymdxn ❤️ 11mo
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Freespirit Thanks @YouReadMyEyes it is gorgeous! 11mo
Redwritinghood Looks fantastic and like you‘ve had a great trip. 11mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ 11mo
Freespirit Wonderful place to visit @Redwritinghood and @TrishB 11mo
tracey38 Wow, that is all lovely! Looks like a fabulous place to visit! 11mo
erzascarletbookgasm Thanks for sharing! Looks like a wonderful place, and lovely photos! 11mo
Freespirit It sort of combines all my interests... books, travel and history @tracey38 and @erzascarletbookgasm 😊😍 11mo
DivineDiana Putting on my”Must Visit” list! 11mo
Freespirit I highly recommend Portugal @DivineDiana 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oh wowwwww!!! What a beautiful place!! 😍😍 11mo
Freespirit It is truely beautiful💕 @Jee_HookedOnBookz (edited) 11mo
Velvetfur I love these photos! I'm so jealous, I want to go back right now but I can't afford it anytime soon, waargh.... I'm happy for you though 😁 11mo
Freespirit Thank you ❤️Are you from Portugal originally? @Velvetfur 11mo
catebutler How lovely! Portugal is beautiful. 11mo
Freespirit It‘s fabulous Cate .. so picturesque @catebutler 11mo
Velvetfur @Freespirit Ah no, sorry for any wrong impression I gave! I used to live there, in Porto, in 2000, and I love the country dearly 😊 I'm so happy for you having such a great time there! 11mo
Freespirit Thanks @Velvetfur 😊 11mo
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Freespirit
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I am lucky to be travelling in Portugal at the moment. It is amazing.. lots of coloured tiles and brightly painted houses, cobbled streets and ancient churches. I found these beautiful book marks today and couldn‘t resist😍✈️📚#travel #portugal

TrishB They‘re lovely ❤️ 11mo
DivineDiana Beautiful! ❤️ 11mo
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - I love them!! 11mo
CarolynM Gorgeous! Bookmarks make great souvenirs. 11mo
batsy Very pretty! 11mo
Freespirit Thanks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I couldn‘t resist them😊 11mo
Freespirit I agree @CarolynM I always bring some home from my trips😊 11mo
Freespirit Thanks 😊 @batsy 11mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Gorgeous! If only they have those designs as bookmarks too!! Won't that be lovely!!! 11mo
Velvetfur I love those gorgeous bookmarks 💜 11mo
Freespirit They are copies from the beautiful tiles in Portugal @Velvetfur I am collecting them 11mo
catebutler These are beautiful bookmarks! What a great souvenir from your trip. 11mo
Freespirit They make a great gift @catebutler ❤️ 11mo
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trioxin_sematary
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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Picked this up the other day.

It's the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows.

Fans of post-apocalyptic fiction should take a look at this. ☢

If anyone's has actually read it, I'd like to hear your thoughts.

Spencer_Labbe Such a cool cover! 11mo
MStew I have wanted to read this for ages!!! 11mo
jmofo I read this some years ago...like more than ten years ago. It was interesting, really effed with my head, but, admittedly, it‘s not my genre. Worth the read, I think. 11mo
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Redwritinghood He is one of my favorite writers. His style is unique. This is a story that‘s terrifying more in what it shows of human nature. 11mo
candority One of my favourite books! 11mo
rachaich Very good writing and the most inventful story. I thoroughly enjoyed it and recommend it to everyone! 11mo
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Blueberry
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I just finished watching this for movie/bookclub. The movie was very true to the book but with much omitted of course due to length. Visually it was artsy (blurry and very black and white). Book was better as usual.

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Blueberry
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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A productive January for me. Maybe cause I was sick and alot of these were less than 300 pgs. I usually average 7-8 books a month.

#Finale #anewchapter
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

Riveted_Reader_Melissa So sorry you were sick, but congratulations on a great month! 12mo
Blueberry @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Thanks 😃🤧 12mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Blueberry You‘re welcome! Feel better soon! 12mo
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Crazeedi I hope you are feeling much better now ! 12mo
Blueberry @Crazeedi Thank you. I wish I was feeling better but not yet. 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Some excellent reading there! 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you‘re feeling better ❤️ 12mo
Crazeedi @Blueberry awww, I'm so sorry, have you tried elderberry? It great for viruses etc 12mo
Blueberry @Crazeedi as in tea? Thank you. I will buy some. 12mo
Crazeedi @Blueberry there is an elderberry syrup I buy , but elderberry tea might be good too. I know the elderberry syrup works for me. 12mo
NataliePatalie Which one was your favorite? 12mo
Blueberry Either Hope Never Dies, The Highwayman, or A Dirty Job but Seven Fallen Feathers is intense. 12mo
NataliePatalie Ooooohhh lots of good reads then 12mo
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Blueberry
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3 stars. A very interesting and unique story. The writing style of no quotation marks and very few paragraphs was interesting and sometimes challenging. Written by the Nobel Prize winning author Jose Saramago and translated from Portuguese into English.

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Blueberry
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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You know .... when it's time for bed but you're not ready to stop reading.

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Lyanneee
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I've been on litsy for a year now but I haven't really interacted with everyone here that much, so I thought I'd do this to let people get to know me 😅

1. Philippines 😊
2. José Saramago. Tagged book is my first Saramago book and I'm loving it so far
3. At least 100 books...
4. Bed ❤️
5. The Heart's Invisible Furies by John Boyne

#littenintro thank you @tessavi! 😊

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Blueberry
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At the Honda dealer having my B1 service. I'm giving Blindness a second try. Then to bookclub tonight.

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JessFerg
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Panpan

This book is so bad it killed the translator.

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candority
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Day 5 of #adventrecommends

Blindness was the first dystopian novel that I read that wasn‘t YA. While it is disturbing and challenging to read at times, it is incredibly profound.

riversong153 You might like The Book of the Unnamed Midwife. 14mo
riversong153 It‘s a really good dystopian novel that isn‘t YA. It‘s grim though! 14mo
candority @riversong153 Thank you for the recommendation, I just added it to my TBR 😊 14mo
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MEGR I read this on a 5 hour plane ride! Sooo good! 14mo
valeriegeary This book was so disturbing. I loved it. 14mo
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This book is disturbing, exciting and complex. It makes me think. It‘s HARD to read did to the structure and style. So I am both reading and listening at he same time and it helps a lot. #JoseSaramago #audiobook

WanderingBookaneer It is challenging, but such a fascinating and original book. 1y
Liz_M I loved this book. But it did take my bookclub a few months to forgive me for recommending it. Oops. 😁 1y
KellyHunsakerReads I just finished and loved it! So glad I didn‘t recommend it to my IRL book club. They would not appreciate it! 1y
Liz_M I also recommend the tagged book by Saramago. It's a bit more detective novel and thoughtful about self-hood. 14mo
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#Blindness Fav book❤️

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sarsinnj
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Fantastic... One of my favorite books

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bookandcat
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Mehso-so

#backpackeurope travelogue *fictional*
Country 53: Portugal, my last unique country in Western Europe. I visited Lisbon and saw Cabo da Roca lighthouse and Belem medieval tower!
Holy moly this book was hard to read (due to how horrific it is) - a blindness epidemic occurs and the inflicted folks are put into quarantine camps. Humanity devolves from there. Well written but SO, SO upsetting. And I thought Handmaid's Tale was tough to read! 3/5

Itchyfeetreader This sounds interesting 1y
bookandcat @Itchyfeetreader it is interesting and well written - I debated on the rating for a LONG time - it was just too dark for me to full enjoy/give a higher rating. Others I can see rating this very highly, however 1y
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DHill
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What a difficult read but worth sticking to. The writing style was so hard for me to follow but by the second half of the book the story really carried me along. So much emotion.

WanderingBookaneer Agreed. I loved this one. 1y
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Sharpeipup
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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I‘ve been bouncing from the book to the audiobook with this one but wondering if anyone has watched the movie?

Butterflyamore I had no idea there was a movie! I thought the book was very profound. I am very interested in viewing the movie now. 1y
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DHill
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I am just trudging through this book. The writing style is making it very difficult for me to find any kind of rhythm to my reading and it‘s going so slowly.

bookishkris I think some of it has to do with the stream of consciousness, but I also think that sometimes a lot gets lost in translation. I had a hard time with this, too. 1y
Guildedearlobe I actually loved the book. Struggled with it in print for the same reasons but pushed through. Decided to try it again in Audio and loved it. Dark and bleak but worth it. 1y
DHill I‘ll keep on with the print but will have to try the audio, as well. Thanks @Guildedearlobe ! 1y
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Little by little everybody becomes blind or frightened to suffer the same "illness" as the neighbour, the husband, the daughter. But the blinder the characters are the sharper the vision of the reader becomes. Saramago obliges us to close the eyes and see the truth, to wake up at last when there's nothing more to do than risk to see deeply in ourselves.

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DHill
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Catching some downtime on vacation for reading.

Andrew65 A great view! 1y
Geeklet I adore that book. Saramago was so talented. It‘s definitely time for a re-read. 1y
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DHill
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Starting book 2 of my #vacationreads . Probably won‘t get too far into this as I‘ve got a pretty full week of activities ahead of me.

callielafleur This one is excellent! 1y
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Libby1
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Yes, I am using a quote from another book to encapsulate the heart of this one.

An epidemic of “white blindness” strikes a city. How can society function?

Saramago is certainly a worthy Nobel winner. I found the narrative to be similar in form to stream of consciousness, which could sometimes be challenging. This book seeks to explore what it means to be human. I found it to be a tough but enriching read.

Velvetfur Ooohhh I love Saramago! I was reading his ' The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis' when I first joined Litsy! That reminds me, I must review it... Have you read others of his? 2y
Libby1 @Velvetfur - this was my first Saramago book but hopefully not my last! Do you have any recommendations? 2y
Velvetfur @Libby1 I would recommend the one I mentioned in my previous comment because that's the only one of his that I've read, hahaha! 2y
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Libby1 @Velvetfur - I‘ve stacked it! 😃 2y
Megara Stacked! Sounds interesting! And your cross-literary quote is perfect. ❤️ 2y
Sha0102 Saramago is awesome!!! I love his books 2y
Redwritinghood Saramago is one of my favorite authors. This book is disturbing but great. 2y
Libby1 @Redwritinghood - I agree that it‘s disturbing but great. It has made me think. Also, the presence of “the dog of tears” added another dimension for me. 2y
Libby1 @Megara - it is a brutal book but I‘m glad I read it. I found it thought provoking and enriching. 2y
Libby1 @Sha0102 - this is the first book I‘ve read by this author. It‘s also had me thinking a lot about Portugal, and has me wanting to learn more about the country. The only other book I‘ve read set in Portugal is Pereira Maintains. The tagged book lists Hamid as the author but he wrote the introduction. It‘s really by Antonio Tabucchi. 2y
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TieDyeDude
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#riotgrams 20. Book You've Reread - I remember rereading this within a month of reading it the first time. Absolutely brilliant.

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BarbaraBB
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"If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals."

An unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicts nearly everyone. Panic and a social breakdown swiftly follow. The government attempts to contain the contagion and keeps order via increasingly repressive measures.The novel follows some people who meet by chance and try to survive. #Disabled #MayLovesClassics

ApoptyGina69 I LOVED this book!! 2y
ephemeralwaltz I've had this on the TBR for way too long. I wish I could read Portuguese! *Sigh* 2y
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GhostStories
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Our waterlogged copy, from my friend reading it in the bath while 🍷. Anyway, I am starting the penultimate chapter and finishing it today. Wow has this been a heavy reading experience! #readinginthebath #wine #saturday

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ReviewsMayVary
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This is one of those books that they make you read in school and have you pick apart all the symbolism and deep quotes but you‘re just like, but why, tho?

Warning for forced sex, blood everywhere, and the worst of humanity.

WhatDeeReads 🙃 2y
BookArt My friend said he's struggling to get through this one. 2y
ReviewsMayVary @KimSkim life‘s too short 2y
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shadowspeak17
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My boyfriend‘s and my #bookhaul today from Half Price Books. 😄📚

rubyslippersreads That bookmark! 😻 2y
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LMJenkins
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I read this years ago and it still haunts me. Truly frightening and so descriptive....

#readingresolutions #darkness

@Jess7

Alismcg i agree, read this one last year - having discovered it and Coetzee's Waiting for the Barbarians on a list : Books One Should Read Before One Dies... Both reads packed a wallop and left me processing days after completing. 🌷 2y
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vivastory
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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A mysterious epidemic of blindness strikes. In an effort to contain the virus, the government quarantines the known victims & those they've been in contact with. Overcrowding, insufficient rations & resources leads to progressively nightmarish situations & violence. I was immediately drawn in by Saramago's breathless & sinuous prose. Despite the absence of proper character names, I soon became invested in them. Allegory of the very highest order.

charl08 Gorgeous cover too. 2y
vivastory @charl08 Vintage rarely disappoints 2y
Leniverse Yay! I really liked that one but so many people seem to dislike it because they couldn't connect with the characters. 2y
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TieDyeDude When I first read this book in college, I reread it less than a month later. I couldn't get it out of my head. I plan to finally read more Saramago this year. 2y
vivastory @Leniverse it's definitely a novel of ideas, but I found the characters engaging as well 2y
vivastory @GoodForCirculation I imagine I'll be thinking about it for awhile. I have Death with Interruptions checked out. It sounds promising 2y
readordierachel Did you see the film adaptation? 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Yes, it's been years but I recall enjoying it. Gael Garcia Bernal is one of my favorite actors. 2y
readordierachel He's great. The Science of Sleep is one of my favorites. 2y
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel Yes! I love that one! I think it's time to rewatch 2y
rohit-sawant This sounds interesting! Stacked! 2y
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"Just as the habit does not make the monk, the sceptre does not make the king, this is a fact we should never forget." Saramago's voice in this one is fascinating for several reasons, not least of which is the sudden shift into different modes, the self-aware proverbial being among them.

BarbaraBB Such a good book! The only one by Saramago I liked so far. 2y
Redwritinghood Glad you‘re enjoying it. He is one of my favorites. 2y
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vivastory
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I took an unplanned day off. I read the first 100 pages in this stunning novel. It's time to take a break & go see The Shape of Water while eating lunch. Lunch being popcorn & a soda, obviously.

Suet624 Sounds like a great day! 2y
GrilledCheeseSamurai Oooooh! Let me know how the the movie is! If my car unfreezes by the weekend I think I might go see it too! 🤗 2y
Hooked_on_books This is a wonderful book. I loved it. 2y
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Kalalalatja Sounds great! 2y
AshleyHoss820 The Shape of Water looks so good! Let me know how this book goes, since it's obviously on my TBR too! 😄😄 2y
irre Let me know how the movie was. It look great! 2y
merelybookish My husband really wanted to see that movie. I was meh. We went. He was disappointed and I liked it. So I will be interested to hear your thoughts. 2y
Moray_Reads Blindness is just amazing. Deeply disturbing but utterly brilliant. I must re-read! 2y
ephemeralwaltz Nice 👌👌 2y
vivastory @Suet624 It was! @GrilledCheeseSamurai Definitely worth going out into the cold to see it. It's visually one of his greatest. @irre I highly recommend. @merelybookish I honestly think it's his best movie since Pan's Labyrinth 2y
vivastory @Hooked_on_books The prose is immediately mesmerizing. 2y
vivastory @Moray_Reads I'm only a third of the way through, but I strongly suspect it'll be a 5 star read. 2y
Moray_Reads @vivastory such a brilliant and original allegory 2y
TricksyTails Please check your email. Thank you! 😊 2y
Liz_M I loved Blindness, but it took months for my bookclub to forgive me for suggesting it. :-D 2y
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mklong
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Phew, I feel like a weight is off my shoulders now that I have finished this book. It is great, but I have read so many depressing books lately that this was just one too many right now. The story explores the most primal survival instincts of human nature. Like many stories told about surviving wars, it is amazing how quickly people can lose all empathy, and even humanity, in order to survive. Time to dive into some happy Christmas reads!

LeahBergen It sounds like it‘s time for a fun and frothy read. 👍🏻 2y
TrishB Same - reading a few YA at the moment to balance out. 2y
Oryx Yeah that's a dark dark read 2y
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bookworm.krizia
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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It showed me that men (and maybe women too ;p) are beasts. It was only observed/SEEN when the characters were BLIND. It taught me that we are currently SEEING things but not really SEEING. We are BLIND to the evil society to the point of taking part in it. It takes a sickness in the form of BLINDNESS to really SEE the world for what it is. This book is a big paradox.

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rachaich
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Wow!
This is such an unusual read, both in terms of the prose and the content.
Three chapters in and finding it hard to put down #saturdayread
Thank you @wormkim for lending it to me :)

wormkim Tis a good random buy! Happy weekend reading! 2y
BarbaraBB Loved that one too! 2y
violabrain This is one of my all-time favorite books! 2y
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rachaich @violabrain I think it is one of my favourite too. Have you read the sequel? 2y
violabrain @rachaich There's a sequel?? I didn't know that! How exciting! 2y
rachaich @violabrain yes! Think it's called Seeing... There's also a film :) :) 2y
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SeeJulieRead
Blindness | Jos Saramago
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Book #5 (and final) of my Ireland trip. This was a super fast read. I don‘t know that I enjoyed it, but it is definitely a good book!

Ole Hmm, this is on my TBR, but expect it to be like you say... 😐 2y
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