The Cave

The Cave

eBook - 2003
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Informed that his clay pots and jugs are no longer needed, elderly potter Cipriano applies his craft to the making of ceramic dolls, but his family's subsequent successes are compromised by a terrible discovery.
Publisher: Orlando, Fla. : Harcourt, 2003, c2002.
Edition: 1st Harvest ed.
ISBN: 9780547537986
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Costa, Margaret Jull


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Mar 03, 2019

Read to p. 199

Mar 03, 2019

The Cave depicts a world that seems not so far from the horizon, where consumerism and authoritarianism are offerred as replacements for genuine being and doing. The characters in this Kafkaesque dystopian allegory are blindly captive until they see the truth of The Cave. The story is beautifully written, with much riddle and wordplay: this is not a quick read. [I read the 2013 German translation from the original Portuguese, entitled Das Zentrum (The Centre), by Marianne Gareis. This title effectively alligns Saramago's Centre, upon which the events of the novel rest, with Kafka's Castle.]

Nov 27, 2017

It is hard to categorize Saramago's books, much less his writing style. Punctuation seems to be grudgingly used and a single sentence may be an entire paragraph. He is a great storyteller; sometimes I hear him reading his books to me;)
I guess my favorite parts of his books are his rambling asides about how he refers to a dog or a man throughout, involving the readers with a "we". His pronouncements about society, marriage, death, and language hit the mark precisely, as in this passage,
"Authoritarian, paralyzing, circular, occasionally elliptical stock phrases, also jocularly referred to as nuggets of wisdom, are a malignant plague, one of the very worst ever to ravage the earth." --pg 56. He goes on to list examples that are spot on and skewer those pompous balloons of inane placatory mutterings. Better to say nothing than issue forth with one of these 'nuggets.'
Saramago's books are not to be rushed through or skimmed, thus my need to check this book out again when I had more time. I love that I have to concentrate while reading his stories.

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