Cain Paperback – 5 Jul 2012
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"There are some very funny moments in this reimagining of the story of Adam and Eve's fratricidal son... Hats must be doffed once again to Margaret Jull Costa, Saramago's fearless long-time translator, for taming his punctuation-free prose, rendering it not only readable, but enjoyable, and for bringing the late Portuguese author's often challenging work to a worldwide readership" (Financial Times)
"José Saramago's final novel is an inventory of God's less noble moments...as flawed and wonderful a place to inhabit as the world his cosmic nemesis created" (Sunday Herald)
"Every page of this novella, translated with a fluent and light touch by Margaret Jull Costa, has its charm. Every page raises difficult questions...as the final testament of Portuguese master, it is suitably disturbing and a pleasure to read" (Scotsman)
"Saramago's breathless prose, expertly rendered into English by Margaret Jull Costa...conveys the sheer enjoyment of a writer bowing out at the top of his form" (Sunday Times)
"Cain reminds us why Saramago's work remains vitally important" (Metro)
A controversial book in the mode of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ and the last novel to be written before the death of the great Portuguese novelist and Nobel Prize winner, José Saramago.See all Product Description
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This is one of those books that one truly enjoys to read; and I did. Saramago in this, his last offering before he passed away, recreates in his own special way the life of Cain and offers the reader, especially the one who's not too attached to the words of the scriptures, a chance to have a few good laughs. While reading it, I dare to admit that, I found myself agreeing time and again with the somewhat heretical views of the author.
At the beginning it was not to the Word, but simply the creation of the world, since, as we read, when god made man forgot to give to him the gift of speech. However, after he did give it to him maybe he came to regret it because if he hadn't then Cain wouldn't be able to speak and thus verbally annoy and abuse him for all eternity.
First things first though. According to Saramago the first people were less than perfect. They were kind of stupid and full of flaws. When they were expelled from paradise actually "Adam and Eve resembled a couple of orangutans who had stood upright for the first time." However, as time started going by they improved a bit, since they now had to work to make a living. As the story goes they set up home on the banks of the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, where with the help of the animals that followed them to exile, they started working the land. Of course at the beginning things were not so easy for them so Eve, every now and then, had to take a walk towards paradise and beg the angels to give her some fruits.Read more ›
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!
In due course Cain says that god was as much to blame for the murder of Abel: had he not spurned Cain's sacrifice, the insufferably smug Abel would not have been killed. Besides, god could have but chose not to intervene and to prevent the murder.
The Bible tells us nothing of what happened to Cain later, except that he settled in the land of Nod, married an unnamed woman who bore him a son after whose name, Enoch, he named a city that he built. This leaves Saramago free to invent other events in Cain's life.
Some of his inventions are purely fantastical, such as making Lilith the Queen of Nod and the wife of Noah. But for the most part Saramago's fantasy is rooted in the Bible stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Written badly grammar wise.
Interesting take on old testament where God does not fare well.
I must look up more by this author. An irreverent but not overly mocking tour of the Old Testament, based on the stories, with Cain doomed by his act of familial homicide to wander... Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. J. Noyes
On every page is a dark and desparate plea for more understanding humanity and less superstitious judgement. Read morePublished on 8 May 2014 by shabidoo
Didn't know what to expect, but a very interesting take on the character of Cain. I will definitely read some more of his books on the strength of having read Cain.Published on 26 Feb. 2012 by Amazon Customer