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Not for everyone, but brilliant all the same,
This review is from: Blindness (Vintage Classics) (Kindle Edition)
While reading this I was sure I'd rate it 4 stars.
Having finished and reflected on it, it's definitely a 5 star book.
An unnamed town is hit by not epidemic of blindness. As the epidemic spreads and more and more people are left helpless, society is slowly destroyed and people are forced to forge relationships and fight to survive. There are scenes of filth, violence, despair and tenderness. You feel the hopelessness and claustrophobia as the squalor spreads. I loved the story from the outset and had to know how it ended, were it not for this I'd have bailed out as THIS IS NOT AN EASY READ.
There next to no chapters, pages and pages of block text, no punctuation, the conversations are hard to decipher from the text and it's overly prosaic at times. I found myself having to reread sentences when I'd had to look up. Annoying but despite having a low threshold for dropping books, I never considered not finishing this.
This has won the Nobel prize for literature apparently. I can see why. It's intelligent, thought provoking and well worth the effort.