Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Blindness by Jose Saramago
Summary (from the publisher):
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 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. 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.
What I think:
This book excellent. It takes a little while to get used to the writing style. The paragraphs don't seem to make much sense because the subject can change with the next sentence but overall it is a well written book. The book is thought provoking and it really shows how people act when they think no one can see them. It is amazing to think of how much trouble we would be in if everyone lost their sight. The book gives a very raw look at humanity and has us question how different we really are. Would we react any differently? The people in the book were of all different classes and cultures and in the end most of them reacted in the same way. After reading the book I watched the movie. I would have to say that the movie follows the book fairly closely. i would recommend both highly. I give it 5 stars