3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Long, but rewarding,
This review is from: Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis (Panther S.) (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.