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The Cave

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jose Saramago

José Saramago is a master at pacing. Readers unfamiliar with the work of this Portuguese Nobel Prize winner would do well to begin withThe Cave, a novel of ideas, shaded with suspense. Spare and pensive,The Cavefollows the fortunes of an aging … see full wiki

Tags: Books, Fiction, Jose Saramago, Jose Saramago Books
Author: Jose Saramago
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
2 reviews about The Cave
review by . March 21, 2005
"The Cave" opens with an excerpt from Plato's Republic, specifically from what is usually known as The Allegory of the Cave: "What a strange scene you describe, and what strange prisoners. They are just like us."    Though it is hard to see as the novel opens, this quote sets the stage for everything that is to come. Deceptively simple and straightforward at the beginning, by the time I reached the end I found "The Cave" to be an immensely rewarding novel, very thought-provoking …
review by . December 04, 2002
Jose Saramago is a demanding, difficult, and immensely rewarding writer. He seems to have endless access to metaphors for the human condition in the time in which he writes. While his stories are not complex in surface content - these are tales that are about people coping with life as it is in this time - they are told with a technique that requires much concentration from the reader. He refuses to use quotation marks or even sentence breaks, creating extended pages of dialogue that become frustratingly …
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