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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Reading Saramago is akin to having a wise, caring grandfather rocking you to sleep in his arms while bestowing the secrets of the universe to you in an engaging bedtime tale. Patience not decisiveness is required for delicacy to emerge.

La Caverna (the Cave)

Many of the novels shortcomings are easily glossed over because the reader is so captivated by his soothing narrative voice. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in His saramagi are the voice of existence, flowing and unscarred by the borders of ego, asking us to seek freedom and happiness in collective equality and cooperation instead of a competition where those who have caaverna their dominance through force and fear.

Dec 01, Ivan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Immenso come sempre, nei contenuti, negli approfondimenti degli stati d’animo, nelle caratterizzazioni delle situazioni.

How could I NOT give it 5 stars? I have rediscovered this particular style, the author describing his characters and situations as seen from above, bringing with a humor of second degree commentary, suggesting that the characters lead their own existence while specifying that it control at the very end they become like an all-powerful god.

The Center offers safety from the dangers of rural life, making a large show of the way they fight back against the shantytowns that rob trucks en route to The Center. I know that Jose Saramago was not trying to write a mystery. May 09, s. The cave allegory consists of people chained to the floor and forced to spend their lives watching shadows flicker across the back wall of the cave.


We never know what the Center really is, who these people are, who govern. Or rather, it is what we do with words that makes us human: This is an amazing book. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story.

Paperbackpages. You can imagine what the old man thinks of this — his life was his work and his identity.

The Center becomes the focal point for his admonition against authoritarianism. We are chained to the bottom of the cave, fascinated by the shadows cast on the bottom of the cave and convinced that it is the real world. They can distort what is real, especially by crudely mendacious mis-naming. The only other significant character in the story is a widow in the village.

Even power is seen as only joze and saramaago, keeping people submissive through emotions of fear and hopelessness. The truck had not been burned by the people in the shacks, but by the police themselves, it was just an excuse lx bring the army…he had suddenly seen what the world was like, how there are many lies and no truths, well, there must be some out there, but they are continually changing, and not only does a possible truth give us insufficient time to consider its merits, we also have to check first that this possible truth is not, in fact, a probable lie.

This novel occasionally dips dangerously close to oversentimentality and often feels a uneven, yet chastising it beyond mere mention seems malicious. Poi spengo l’abat-jour e mi sdraio nel buio quasi totale, rischi Immenso come sempre, nei contenuti, negli approfondimenti degli stati sqramago, nelle caratterizzazioni delle situazioni.

But a little suspense is nice. Mar 03, James rated it really liked caverja. I wanted to ride beside him in the van as he delivered his wares to the Center.

What sells at the Center will sell everywhere else, and what the Center rejects can barely be given away in the surrounding towns and villages.


Anyway This is an amazing book. The unidentified unnamed city molded itself into my own artificial city in the south. View all 51 comments.

The Cave (novel) – Wikipedia

Human wordiness is the bridge of relationship, even when, perhaps especially when, words are withheld. Moving and heartfelt, yet slow and ponderous, Saramago brilliantly examines the way we trade the authentic for cheap imitation and begs us to not to be bound to the floor of a cave by consumerism and a willful submission to authority, but to be daring enough to step out from the cave and great the bright sun of our existence with open arms, an open mind, and goodwill towards all of mankind.

A family saga of Portuguese modernity? Photo of Lisbon from independent.

And out of this writing he has moulded his characters as representative bonecos or figurine-dolls in clay–without forgetting their dog, the appropriately found Achado — that will behave like projections of ideas and help you notice that your boat can be easily managed and that you can make it take you where you want to go.

The Center is where the well-off live. Over the next week, he and his grown daughter Marta grieve for their lost craft, but they gradually df their eyes to the strange bounty of their new condition: Want to Read saving….

The Cave by José Saramago

The old potter struggles to make a living. Margaret Jull Costa Translator. Despite the growing tumor of consumerism and authoritarianism, The Cave offers a bright beacon of hope. Return to Waramago Page.

The area is blocked off and guarded; guards are forbidden to talk about what is in the cave.