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Year Of The Death Of Ricardo Reis (Panther) [Kindle Edition]

Jose Saramago
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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"The greatest of his novels" (New Statesman)

"Lovely...a work of fluent and amazing gracefulness" (Independent)

"A capacious, funny, threatening novel" (New York Times Review of Books)

"He has created a body of work of luminous power: ironic, intellectually playful, dense and strange" (Scotsman)

"Shows Saramago to be a novelist of the grandest sort...it is a dramatic work of great philosophical weight, filtered through a refined contemplative intelligence" (Independent)

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A unique, meditative, funny, politically astute masterpiece by one of Europe's greatest writers

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2192 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009SRWUV8
  • Publisher: Vintage Digital; New Ed edition (20 Sep 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DE15N9U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,627 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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saramago's Best 10 Oct 2002
By bagoas
Format:Paperback
This is my favourite of all Saramago's novels. First of all because I love the poetry of Fernando Pessoa and this book evolves around Pessoa and one of his famous heteronyms, Ricardo Reis. This is already a fantastic begining: the novel's main character is not a living person, but a fictionalized person made by some other author! This being Saramago, the set of the story has a strong social and ideological background. In this matter, this book is a metaphor of the rising of the portuguese fascist regime. Then there is Saramago's ironic sense of humour: this a very funny serious book!
As I read the book in portuguese, I don't know how well Saramago's rich and detailed speech translates in other languages, since some of the attraction of this book remains in the hedonistic plasure of reading a so wonderfully writen story!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 24 July 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This story is captivating. Saramago is a wonderful writer! The plot does seem to lag at times but you must continue reading as it is definately worth it. Quite thought provoking with typical Saramago questions about time and reading. I do recommend, however, that you familiarize yourself with the poet Fernando Pessoa as this poet is one of the characters in the novel. Enjoy!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Faye
Format:Paperback
I bought this book after reading Blindness which is a totally different style of novel. I expect I only had a superficial understanding of it though as I don't know Lisbon or Pessoa but I still enjoyed it. Please don't be put off because it was written in another language or you don't know Lisbon or Pessoa. I have learnt about Portuguese history, culture and poetry through reading this book which was an added bonus. Having said that, it is hard work at times but its worth sticking with it as the use of language is such a pleasure to read. I would say that it has translated wonderfully into English and there is a beautiful flow onto the page that I have not experienced with any other author.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book I have read 17 July 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Ricardo Reis' quest in Lisbon during the dictatorship is a perfect portrait. The people, the athmosphere and the whole plot are so delicately drawn that I read it twice in a row just for the sheer pleasure of it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Long, but rewarding 31 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
It has taken me a long time to finish this as it becomes quite hard to put it down and pick it up again. This is because Saramago's writing style is a unique one; he is often rambling, paragraphs continuing for pages upon end and seem to never really result in anything,which can make it hard to get into the mood for a Saramgo read.

But I found I got the most of this book by reading in sittings, rather than in short blocks, and it is thoroughly rewarding: poetic, philosophical, political. The atmosphere and scenes that Saramago creates is (are) fantastic. Only the fact that it is fairly unaccessible at first is why I can't give this 5 stars. Having read the Gospel According to Jesus Christ, I'd recommend that first.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not So Good.. 3 Jun 2013
Format:Paperback
The main purpose of the novel is to entertain, this one doesn't. The chain of events -or no events- is somehow boring. The intersection between telling events, conversations, details of characters is excessive, making the reader always alienated from the plot and somehow not capable of sharing any kind of emotion with the characters.
Yes, I know more about Lisbon now than before. I understand a bit better how people were living and thinking in the 30's in Portugal (and somehow in Spain). But many other authors presented their societies, cities and ideas in a way better book (Doris Lessing in The Golden Notebook about London in the 50's and Jonathan Franzen in Freedom about the NY and the US in the 90's for example).
The book in general worth reading, the style is good if not great and Saramgo is a novelist who deserve Nobel for sure, but this is not his best book and if it happen to be your first for him, you would definitely put him out of your list.
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