Reading recommended

Dr. George Snedeker snedeker at SPAMconcentric.net
Tue Mar 6 16:56:10 MST 2001


        I tend to agree with your evaluation of the moral parables.
Blindness is the worst example of this. it is a dead end. however, I rather
like The Gospel According to Jesus Christ.
----- Original Message -----
From: João Paulo Monteiro <jpmonteiro at mail.telepac.pt>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Tuesday, March 06, 2001 4:01 PM
Subject: Re: Reading recommended


>
>
> Dr. George Snedeker wrote:
>
> > Joao Paulo,
> >
> > I am very interested in the novels of Jose Saramago. I was wondering if
you
> > had any impression of his work. there has been very little critical
> > discussion of the political import of his novels in the U.S.
> >
> > George
> > ----- Or
>
>
> It's been surely more than ten years since I last read a novel by
Saramago. In
> fact, I think his last stuff is not very good: boring parables, alegories,
> philosophical/moralistic stories for which he has no breath. He has
decayed
> rather rapidly. He has also an habit for giving lots of opinions on
everithing
> imaginable and often says very silly things.
>
> What he was really good at was in the historical novel with a popular
magical
> imaginary.
> I would recommend two books as his vintage:
>
> - 'Levantado do Chão', 1980
> - 'Memorial do Convento' (which I believe is translated in english as
'Baltazar
> and Blimunda'), 1982
>
> To these maybe you could add:
>
> - 'Manual de Pintura e Caligrafia', 1977 (which I haven't read)
> - 'O Ano da morte de Ricardo Reis', 1984 and
> - 'A Jangada de Pedra', 1986.
>
> I have written some things on Saramago before, which I will sent in a
separate
> post.
>
> João Paulo Monteiro
>
>
>
>






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