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Saramago loses his way,
This review is from: Journey To Portugal (Panther) (Paperback)
As someone with a Portuguese heritage - I desperately wanted to like this book. The countless holidays I have spent there with friends and family has revealed a country rich in history, culture and tradition. A friendly and vibrant country, with great cuisine and wines - stunning vistas and varied regions, I thought having searched for so long for a travel book to do it justice - who better than a Portuguese Nobel prize winning author. Wrong! Saramago's words are as dry and dusty as the stones in the old churches that he visits an interminable amount of times - on his journey through a cold and dull country I barely recognise.
I was looking for smart observation and keen insight into the culture - amusing anecdotes, humouress encounters with the natives, no such luck! I would avoid this book if your looking for a literary companion to your travels in Portugal. Though there is certainly a dirth of decent travelogs on Portugal, I would wait until Mssrs Bryson or someone else happens down the Iberian Peninsula. Avoid.