Blindness

Blindness

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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 assulting 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.
Publisher: New York : Harcourt, [1997]
Copyright Date: ©1997
ISBN: 9780156007757
0156007754
Branch Call Number: SAR
Characteristics: 326 pages

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kpalichuk Jan 27, 2010

The pinnacle of bleakness. We haven't found another quite like it. it is also mentioned at most meetings, usually as the low water mark, as in "it wasn't as bad as that scene in Blindness..."


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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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