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Cutting through layers of befuddle,
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This review is from: Cain (Hardcover)What is it about the Bible that makes us leave our brains behind as soon as we open it? Why does our normal intelligence lose its ability to understand what is written there before our own eyes in plain English.
The wonder of Saramago's book is that he helps us get past this mental block and understand what is written. It's a bit like putting on a pair of glasses after being half blind.
Saramago retells the Old Testament stories in clarity through the eyes of Cain, as he time travels from one episode to another. Saramago is quite restrained - he does not distort or exaggerate the stories, and often they are retold almost word for word from the Bible. The book often contrasts and compares the violence Cain causes, and the violence God causes, and leaves you to ponder your own conclusion from this.
The result is an enjoyable read, taken alone as a novel, and is a revelation if you consider the deeper meanings.
Thoroughly recommended, and I shall be seeking out more Saramago!