Grovers Own Alphabet eEds ineuality of power shameless gang mentality helplessness in anxposed situation loss of control all these things play a role And the humiliation of being Husband for Real exploited as an object without individual value is not diminished in blindness Inside we remain seeingAn allegory of the breakdown of civilisation Blindness is also the story of those who finally start resisting raw violence and brutal force and of those who see through the darkness Howeverven as the blind spell breaks and people are regaining their vision the world is changed forever Blindness has become a real threat a terrifying possibility lurking underneath Root to Stem everyday worries If it can happen once it can happen again And who knows when You may be waiting at a traffic light and all of a sudden life goes whiteThe one person who remains seeing through the whole catastrophe realises in thend that people might not actually have been literally blind at allBlind people who can see but do not seeThat is a tragic reflection on humankind We turn to mass blindness in periods not because we are physically unable to see but because we DO not see We can see we have the tools for seeing but we do not use them not as long as the cars keep moving when the traffic lights turn green We only start to see that we do not see when we turn blind and there is a disruption in our unseeing complacency We sometimes need an Hard Pushed epidemic blindness to wake up and see what happens underneath the polished surface of our civilisationLet s use ouryes literally and figuratively to see what we need to see Let s not turn a blind How Philosophy Works eye to the world s troubles We know we canasily fall into the barbaric state of blindness It has happened before Let s not forget blindness in order to keep our vision clear I finished this masterpiece last week and I let it to sink in a little bit before reviewing it The power of this book was uite overwhelming at times and I had to stop reading for a few days at a time I do not think there are many books that disturbed me like this one Maybe Never Let Me Go but there the message was much subtle Some say that the structure of the book makes it very hard to read I suppose the voice in my head did uite a good job in reading it as I did not ncounter any difficulty to follow the narration What made it difficult to read at times were the images and smells that were projected into my brain At some point It seemed that xcrement odor was rising from the pages in front of me Short version of the plot One day people start to go blind without any prior symptom Frightened the Government tries to restrain the blindness The Little Book of Comfort epidemic by isolating the blind people The uarantine is not successful and and people go blind The book focuses on the life of a few patients locked and guarded into a mental institution among who lives the only person immune to blindness The loss of sight reduces people to their primal instincts good or bad and soon we are witnesses of some unimaginable horrors in the fight for foodsupremacylife and to the demise of all social and moral institutions However there are people that still try to help and to keep a bit of humanity and decency If we cannot liventirely like human beings at least let us do Dancing on the Ceiling everything in our power not to liventirely like animals I thought that the book is a metaphor of the people that are walking through life without thinking about the violence and cruelty that is in front of them their ignorance of anything that could menace their civilized life I believe the book brings forward our fearavoidance to see our mortality and the insignificance of our lives I don t think we did go blind I think we are blind Blind but seeing Blind people who can see but do not see Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are This is the stuff we re made of half indifference and half malice This book left me speechless which is a rare occurrence Please The Wee Free Men (Discworld, enjoy the pictures to illustrate the plot while I recover my gift of rambling An unexplained plague of white blindness sweeps the unnamed country Initial attempts to hastily uarantine the blind in an abandoned mental hospital fail to contain the spread What they succeed at is immediately creating theasy us versus them divide between the helpless newly blind and the terrified seeing Before we know we are immersed in the horrifying surreal world of hopelessness filth violence and hate where the true Kidnapped enemy is not their affliction but people themselves which we can see through theyes of the only Person Who Appears Immune who appears immune blindness Perhaps only in a world of the blind will things be what they truly are As the blindness pidemic spreads we see the disintegration of society just like we witnessed the destruction of humanity in the uarantine area Excrement covers sidewalks dogs munch on human corpses the blind rot in the stores after futile attempts to find food Even the saints in the churches are blinded The world is a bleak picture of desolation and destruction We don t know why it happened whether it s a test a warning or a punishment Instead we get a nagging haunting feeling That The Real Blindness Was the real blindness was all along the blindness towards the others the blindness towards our real selves and the physical blindness served as a way to unveil it What was always there but went unseen before because it used to be asy to shrug off Fear Us against them attitude Greed Contempt Hatred Selfishness Love of power Cowardice Apathy Isolation Filth Rape Murder Theft Ignorance Indifference Blaming the victim It was all already there and blindness amplified it And as society decays and falls apart the uestion of what is means to be human comes up I don t think we did go blind I think we are blind Blind but seeing Blind people who can see but do not see Things that made us human are gone Faces don t matter Names don t matter Homes don t matter Possessions don t matter Shame and modesty are gone Medicine is useless Government is useless Morals seem obsolete Empathy is gone Is anything left Anything inside us The difficult thing isn t living with other people it s understanding them The vestiges of humanity are the only rays of hope in this bleak world The girl with the dark glasses taking care of the boy with the suint The man with the História do Rei Transparente eye patch and his love And the doctor s wife the only one who retained her sight Why Was it because she was the most human Or maybe she remained human because she retained her sight Who knows She is uiet and caring leading the blind washing the raped women weeping over the dead but killing if she must She sticks by her moralsven if she is forced to violate them She is the guiding light and the uiet hero in this world of darkness whiteness keeping her charges from degradation without Best Mechanic Ever expecting anything in return If we cannot liventirely like human beings at least let us do Dinosaur Dinners everything in our power not to liventirely like animals The style of this book may not be for In His Blood everyone disclaimer I loved it The pages are filled margin to margin with solid wall of text There are no dialogue marks and the seemingly mundane bits ofveryday speech are separated only by capital letters Sometimes you need to almost read the sentences out loud to get a feel for who is speaking it s very fitting that the book about the blind is better perceived in
"a non visual medium The sentences are long in a European fashion "non visual medium The sentences are long in a European fashion on and beautifully punctuated It is not a book to skim it reuires concentration and definitely is not a light read If all of the above does not scare you you should give this one a tryI will finish this review with the plea in the Desert Kings (Deathlands, epigraph for this thought provokingye opening no pun intended book If you can see look If you can look observe Please do Let s try to look past our own blindness and actually SEE. A virem ao de cima sempre na An Officer and a Spy escrita de Saramago A alegoria O poder da palavra a abrir os olhos face ao risco de uma situação terminal generalizada A arte dascrita ao serviço da preocupação cívic. Edited on 27052020 The word Attention was uttered three times then the voice began the Government regrets having been forced to Exposed (Annika Bengtzon, exercise with all urgency what it considers to be its rightful duty to protect the population by all possible means in this present crisis when something with all the appearance of anpidemic of blindness has broken out provisionally known as the white sickness and we are relying on the public spirit and cooperation of all citizens to stem any further contagion assuming that we are dealing with a contagious disease and that we are not simply witnessing a series of as yet inexplicable coincidences The unanticipated and unforeseen Ooko events often strike us when we leastxpect them to so much so that those could afflict you in the middle of a ride which is still Naked explicable It could be one of those serendipitous and arbitraryvents which happen in life but to find that you are not alone to be blessed with such a travesty could numb your senses and send our Shadow Scale (Seraphina, entirexistence for a toss all your morals and Claim The Crown ethicsssentially Nerds everything what life comprises of may be gaping at you with an unfathomablexistential horror While the world is still grappling with dread of the CoVID 19 struggling hard with its all might to come to terms with the pandemic which is however yet in its In the Shadow of the Crown (Queens of England, embryonic phase I noticed that uite a few people found somewhat declining fascination for dystopian post apocalyptic books coming to life with up surging beguile I too found myself caughtntwined with allure of the same Though I have a bit of luxury in options The Plague by Albert Camus and 1984 by George Orwell to name a few but Blindness made itself popped up out of sea of indecisiveness with Bark eruption of glamour the fact that Jose Saramago s world have been stilllusive to me must have played a part in it The flipping through the very first pages sends an On Such a Full Sea eerie glimpse of what the book might hold in wholeness There is an inexplicable utter chaos which announces itself through horrific disorder of humanity thexistence of human beings is reduced to just numbers uite similar to what we are witnessing in CoVID 19 the consciousness of individual dies out in the wake of retaining the society but those who are renouncing their beings ostensibly not by choice do not have their desire in it which is otherwise not reuired as it is for amelioration of humanity some of them could be burned in the fire of hell of nothingness to save all the unrealized beings of them gaze with delusive hope only to become one with hell Ah what could it beBlindness it is or is it really We have been brought up with the notion of blindness in which a person loses its ability to see things as they are often than not it reveals out Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! empathy and compassion from us But could Blindness draw out baffling horror out of humanity perhaps if it succeeds in showing the ignominy of humanity to itself probably that s what Jose Saramago has been able to achieve with this masterpiece It just holds an inhuman mirror which shows humiliation ofntire humanity the farcicality of civilization to reveal our savage and primitive nature hidden under its inauthentic sheath of comfort which is stripped down to rags of acrid and stifling truth however appalling it may be We invariably boast about feathers we have been able to add in the crown of humanity over the years of civilization but have we really moved a bit transformed a bit from what we were Jose Saramago shattered such notions if any with disdain but perhaps that is how we really are the ghastly image he shows us is probably we are Cannibal essentially Saramago invites us to his fantastical world which has only one order that there are no orders social or natural with a shattering shriek as drivers of one of the vehicles in a seemingly ordered assortment of automobiles watches in horror as hisyes go white Mastered (The Enforcers, everything they could perceive to send visual signals to the brain is white as if he has been thrown in a sea of white uite unusualarthly improbable the mayhem follows welcome to the world of Saramago The omnipotent blindness as contagious as any influenzas on the planet could of Saramago The omnipotent blindness as contagious as any influenzas on the planet could Man, Son of Man engulfs thentire world of the author but is it just the influenza or it hides something Alter Ego else profound concrete underneath it doesn t it talk about shallowness of our orderly society the feebleness of our standards Anyone who is going to die is already dead and does not know it That we re going to die is something we know from the moment we are born That s why in some ways it s as if we were born dead The author handpicks around half a dozen characters and they have been uarantined in an abandoned militarystablishment wherein they are left to themselves their lives have been totally cut off from the outer world Their xistence has been suspended between being and nothingness as if it doesn t matter to those who are still considered civilized but yet to be thrown in the hell of nothingness The life of the uarantine camp briskly degenerates into an xistential hell where the blind are victimized first by the way they have been rounded up and shoved into what was a mental hospital after that they are not given proper food Uncommon Wisdom either and most appallingly by how they are reduced in their attempt to stay alive We see new sort of barter system in the camp whichventually takes inhumane form as human beings are demanded in return of food The dangled and unfulfilled Unseen City existence of these characters takes us through the manifold possibilities of human wickedness wherein they have been reduced to just vermin who do not have say in the social order of humanity as if theirxistence is just an apparition so much so that they have not been Art even given names just referred by their professions or relations However they are still alive and as human as anyone could be but the society becomes oblivious to theirxistence Could they spring their unfulfilled Not at all disturbing not at all compelling and not at all interesting Jose Saramago s Blindness only succeeds in frustrating readers who take a moment to let their imagination beyond the page Yes Saramago s story is a clever idea and yes he creates an intentional allegory to force us to think about the nature of humanity but his ideas the nature of humanity but his ideas clearly those of a privileged white male in a privileged European nation Not only do his portrayals of women and their men fall short of the mark but Saramago has clearly never had to fend for himself in the world If he did he d realize that there were a thousand God Is in the Crowd easy answers to the dilemmas he created for his characters and he could have then focused on the internal filth of their souls than thexternal Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard excrement of their bodies Blindness is not worthy of a Nobel Winner The advantagenjoyed by these blind men was what might be called the illusion of light In fact it made no difference to them whether it was day or night the first light of dawn or the The Matriarchs (The Family evening twilight the silent hours ofarly morning or the bustling din of noon these blind people were for Notes for the Everlost ever surrounded by a resplendent whiteness like the sun shining through mist For the latter blindness did not mean being plunged into banal d Blindness is a great novel by Portuguese writer Jos Saramago that deals with human s individual and collective reactions when in the face of adversarial forces With gorgeous prose this thought provoking book shows us how our worldver so concerned and consumed by appearances would deal with the loss of our most relied upon sense vision When it s When I Moan (Vassi and Seri 1: Russian Stepbrother Romance) every man by himself whenvery man is free to do whatever he wants without the impending fear of recognition and judgement we start to feel I was going to say see what the man s true nature is and the crumbling down of a civilization diseased with selfishness intolerance and ambition to. Alternate cover No Biggy! edition hereUm homem fica cego inexplicavelmente uando sencontra no seu carro no meio do trânsito A cegueira alastra como «um rastilho de pólvora» Uma cegueira coletiva Romance cont. .
Name just few symptomsSaramago tells us the story of a mysterious mass plague of blindness that affects nearly Crush It! everyone living Update I said I would never read another Saramago because of his writing style I did though All the Names and Death with Interruptions Both brilliant But I listened to them I wouldn t have appreciated them as much if I d had to struggle through Saramago s idiosyncratic writing style In HG Wells In the Country of the Blind the only person who can see suffers great discrimination and has to agree to have hisyes removed and become as blind as the rest of the people who over the generations have adapted to life without vision In Saramago s book the only person who can see is the heroine of the book This is a device for telling the story which is the collapse of the social order as with just about all dystopian stories One wonders if given time those blinded by the disease wouldn t adapt as in Country of the Blind And if they did so then resent those who could see and instead of relying on the few sighted people for help despise them for the obvious power they have Perhaps Attracting Birds to Your Backyard even suspect them ofxploiting that power for their gain and the blinds detrimentI read the book and watched the film I didn t find Saramago s style Deep Listening easy to read Extremely long sentencesndless paragraphs and an idiosyncratic grammar made me have to concentrate on the reading than the subject matter It was worth it but written in standard English I think I would have Bird-by-Bird Gardening enjoyed it The film was a good standard Hollywood film meaning it appeals to the masses has pretty people and no depth and has been designed to make money I uitenjoyed it but am glad I read the book firstAlthough I found this book interesting I didn t find it the cutting The Works of Saint Augustine edge work of genius that I had read about I don t think I wouldver read another Saramago because life is too short to struggle through such a difficult writing style The book took me about three times as long as if it had been written in a usual manner It seems to me to be an Unbuttoning the CEO (The Suits Undone ego thing to write in a way that is completely different toveryone My Teacher Is a Robot else The reason there is a standard way of writing is that it isasy for us all to understand rather than having to adapt to anyone s idiosyncratic idea of spelling and grammar Writing is communication and understanding is key This applies just as much to the reviewers on GR who don t Supper Club ever use paragraphs and orcapital letters but it s one thing reading a review and another a whole book I m prepared to go along with someone s style if they write good reviews view spoilerreasonably short ones Write an unparagraphedssay length review and you ve lost me hide spoiler Just imagine that you are going about your daily life as you always do It s a normal day nothing out of the ordinary But then suddenly without any forewarning you go completely blind One second seeing the world as you know it the next xperiencing a complete and unending whiteness Then imagine you go to the trusty health professionals so they can get to the bottom of it the doctor doesn t know what s wrong with you but you re confident heshe will figure it out and prescribe accordingly And then the doctor goes blind But not just him veryone you have come into contact with is Professional Capital experiencing the same sudden white blindness The condition spreads and takes hold within a few hours soon this contagious blindness is spreading like wildfire and no one knows how to cure itThis book is so frightening and so realistic Blindness is not an alien concept like monsters and ghosts neither are contagious diseases So imagine a disease that prompted sudden blindness that spread from one person to another uicker than the common cold This book feels like a story that could happenOne of the main issues readers have with this if they have any is the writing style It s written in huge blocks of text with little punctuation no uotation marks and many run on sentences It can get a little disorientating but I guess that s thend of the world for you I actually found it incredibly ffective in creating the air of blind panic that Saramago clearly wanted to impart People fumbling effective in creating the air of blind panic that Saramago clearly wanted to impart People fumbling in the whiteness hoping no one around means them harm and being powerless to do anything about it if they didSomeone once said You are who you are when no one is watching And in this world no one is watching Fear reigns and some will choose to xploit the fear or succumb to it I thought it was a frightening and believable portrait of the disintegration of societyVery highly recommendedBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube When you sit in a coffee shop at the corner of two busy streets and read a book about blindness you find yourself thinking unfamiliar thoughts and you believe when you raise your head to watch the people passing that you see things differently You notice the soft yellow light of the shop reflecting off the bronze of the hardwood floors You notice among the people coming from the train two girls who intersect that line spilt call back and go their ways dividing into the two directions of larger traffic When the girl working the shop goes out and leans against the brick Berlioz, Vol. 2 entrance to clear her head of coffee smells or just to see of the sky you feel the breeze blow in and yo Imagine the most ordinary situation in the world People waiting at a traffic light All of us can see that before our inneryes relive thousands of similar situations we have The Middle Sin (Cleo North experienced ourselves withoutver giving them a moment of consideration Thus starts Saramago s Blindness But there is a disruption One car is not following the rules all take for granted The car doesn t move when the light switches to green People are annoyed frustrated disturbed in their routines but not worriedSome drivers have already got out of their cars prepared to push the stranded vehicle to a spot where it will not hold up the traffic they beat furiously on the closed windows the man inside turns his head in their direction he is clearly shouting something to judge by the movements of his mouth he appears to be repeating some words not one word but three as turns out to be the case when someone finally manages to open the door I am blindI AM BLIND This is the beginning of what my son labelled the scariest book he The Mediterranean Millionaires Mistress ever read and yet such a perfectly brilliant masterpiece Similar to Camus La peste and Ionesco s Rhinoc ros in than one respect it takes the reader to the darkest abyss of despair and filth and pain Deprived of the sense of seeing the characters have to cope with brutal bestiality and suffering to survive in a world limited by the loss of vision an accurate symbol for overview control and objective judgement of reality If Camus characters are invaded by plague stricken rats and dying of the disease Saramago s society breaks downven completely when the Midnight Fantasies epidemic blindness strikes Humans turn into beasts comparable to the rhinofication in Ionesco s allegory on community collapseOne character a Cassandra of sorts isxcluded from the plague and she guides the plot with her seeing Men of Steele Bundle eyes What she sees is unbearableven to the reader Rarely have I felt shaken than while reading the scene with the blind thugs raping hungry women The seeing woman steps in and uses her power to break off the horror show but it will leave a scar on my reading inner
eye forever bizarrelyforever Bizarrely means a scene I never actually saw is Million-Dollar Nanny engraved on my visual memoryWhen reflecting on why the women didn t fight back from the beginning when the opportunist gangsters started to take control of the blind community they give the same reasons as so many women facing sexual abuseWe failed to put up resistance as we should have done when they first came making demands Of course we were afraid and fear isn t always a wise counsellorDesperate ne. Undente Saramago a ver mais longe Personagens sem nome Um mundo com as contradições daspécie humana Não se situa The Millionaires Waitress Wife (The Brubaker Brides, em nenhum tempospecífico É um tempo ue pode ser ontem hoje ou amanhã As ideias. ,