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Small Memories [Kindle Edition]

Jose Saramago , Margaret Jull Costa
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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"The great thing about this memoir of boyhood is how unportentous it is for the most part" -- Michael Kerrigan Scotsman "The lasting impression left by the self-portrait is of an abiding loneliness, nostalgia, and loss, leavened by humour and an unfeigned humility" Times Literary Supplement "A moving account of his childhood and adolescence...Small Memories will delight" -- Raymond Carr The Spectator "The humiliations and joys of childhood, magnified by time, are delicately revisited" -- Angel Gurria-Quintana Financial Times "A real insight into the making of a great writer" Independent

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"The opening pages of this posthumously published memoir of early childhood by Saramago are rapturously enthralling..."
--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The memories are not only small and immediate, vignettes with a sense of being interjected rather than relayed, but told with the immediacy of a child's gaze, so very different from an adult's reflection...[An] homage to Saramago's family and homeland, but also...the endlessly renewable life of the mind."
--"The Independent" (UK) "A great memoir...a tapestry of reminiscences stitched together haphazardly but with his usual irresistible charm... These are fragments of emotion and sensuous recollection that together poignantly conjure a distant childhood."
--Metro.co.uk "A moving account of his childhood and adolescence"
--"The Spectator" (UK) "I'll admit to having wept at the close of two of Saramago's novels, but his tale here is a gentler, more elegiac one. Small memories, perhaps, but a small masterpiece, too."
--"The Bu

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Print Length: 181 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital (5 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS91Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,212 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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José Saramago was born in Portugal in 1922 and has been a full-time writer since 1979. His oeuvre embraces plays, poetry, short stories, non-fiction and novels, which have been translated into more than forty languages and have established him as the most influential Portuguese writer of his generation. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Small Memories, great connection 16 Dec 2009
Format:Hardcover
There are books you love unquestioningly, like a child loves its parent. This is one such book for me. I read the original Portuguese and was expecting the translation not not cope with the colourful Saramago language when I got hold of this translation. It doesn't, not fully, not trully. There is something missing there, as if the evocative quality of the original prose had lost some of its flavor and scent and feel. But I guess that's the price you pay. And it shouldn't stop you from reading, from letting yourself think "yeah, it's a different place, different people, but I've been there, done that (well, some of it anyway!) The universal appeal is that we've all been children, young we've all seen the world through different eyes and most of us, still find it hard to believe that the years have gone by, that we now have a wealth of memories. Not the big ones, the important life changing, world altering memories of a Nobel prize writer, but the small, day to day, bread and butter kind of memories. That's what makes the author universal and the connection to the reader work.
A beautiful, simple book that does not need such a grand edition of the hard back.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended by the Sunday newspapers 24 Sep 2013
By Su Den
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed with this book having read excellent reviews, it meandered through the authors life but lacked focus and wit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Small memories 17 Sep 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
If you like Saramago this is another well written work about his childhood with many anecdotes about growing up in a small town in Portugal. The usual Saramago style of writing is used and I found it very gentle and full of his unique warmth of humanity.
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