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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 009946165X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099461654
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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"Quite unlike anything else" (London Review of Books)

"A Borgesian fable with a marvellous flavour all its own" (Phillip Hensher, Books of the Year Spectator)

"A comic and profound exploration of the self... A uniquely seductive writer" (Daily Telegraph)

"The Double is Saramago at his most practised and polished. It is philosophy and thriller rolled into one" (Independent)

"Indebted to Borges and with a nod to Auster, he manages to surpass both with the audacity and sheer erudition of his prose" (Catherine Taylor The Guardian)

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Wherein lies our identity? An existential thriller and work of literature that takes on the essential questions of life

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I tried but I really couldn't get into it. I do most of my reading in the evening when I like to relax. The style of writing in this book is not comfortable. Long rambling sentences, not easy to digest. I didn't finish it. It's a shame because I bought the book after seeing the film and hoped it would make a better read. It didn't.
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What a terrific book! A speculative fable about a listless everyman coming across his doppelganger on a rental video who then has to manoeuvre through a sequence of moral quandaries that unfold on full disclosure, Saramago manages to both deliver the thrills from the pulp-fiction-esque premise and the chills from the wonderful contemplation of the protagonist as his thought-space is exposed to the level of sub-thought.

However, to enjoy The Double, like all Saramago's books, one needs to have an appetite for his prose-style. Except for commas and an occasional full stop, the author trailblazes through conversations, musings and incidents embedded in blocks of text all together. Luckily for me, this worked and I found myself totally in step with the author's biorhythms and experienced that odd sensation where my thoughts willingly stretched into the spaces and non-spaces created by the author. For me, because The Double is essentially a thriller at the core, doing away with the stock punctuation actually added to the mystery (every successive page of impenetrable text-blocks asking to be deciphered line by line!) and quickened the pace of the interminable stream-of-consciousness (the meandering offshoots connected all the way!).

It's not often that you'd find yourself biting your nails over who would be shot while at the same time be amused by the minute-ness of human interactions bisected to magnify a world of sub-gestures and sub-tones. Before he sends it all up in two delicious, attention-grabbing twists in the latter half, Saramago with wisdom and beauty writes a wonderfully quotidian dramedy that establishes our tri-monikered lead and the few people around him with care.
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More or less a mystery book with smattering's of philosophy. The writing style is an acquired taste, but for me personally, makes it 'flow' a lot better - the dialogs are quick and razor sharp. It includes not only the outer speeches between the main protagonist and other people, but also within himself, or his 'common sense', ensuring moments of pure comic genius. I wouldn't say it was philosophically deep but it is funny, immersing, and an addictive read.
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Recently chosen as our book group's monthly read: and what a great choice -- I was thoroughly hooked (challenged and amused) from beginning to end...!

I loved the characterizations; the forensic level of detail (especially with regards to the hero's should-I-stay-or-should-I-go relationship with Maria da Paz); the way I was dragged in to it all... -- making the illogical seem logical; removing any doubt from the need to do exactly what anyone(?!) would do, finding themselves in the same situation as Tertuliano Máximo....

Just wonderful; and one of the most original books I've read (...and encouragement enough, now, to go and explore his other stuff)!
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What would you do if you discovered you had a double: someone born on the same day, whose voice and every physical characteristic so closely resembled your own, that even your lover would be unable to tell you apart? In the case of Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, the answer is a fully-fledged existential crisis, followed by an irresistible, inexplicable urge to meet the doppelganger, to confront his fears, and to establish if the impossible really is possible.

Jose Saramago - whose blatant disregard for punctuation is not as much of a problem as you might imagine - manages to probe some pretty deep waters without ever resorting to explicitly philosophical discourse. Indeed I'm tempted to describe this as a `page turner', but the reader is forced to ask some pretty uncomfortable questions by the time we reach its conclusion: most pointedly, where exactly does one's identity reside?
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By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 9 Dec. 2004
Format: Hardcover
In what may be Jose Saramago's most playful novel, Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, a secondary school history teacher, views a film and is stunned to discover an actor who looks exactly like him in every respect. "One of us is a mistake," he declares, and as he begins (typically) to overanalyze the fact that "never before in the history of humanity have two identical people existed in the same place and time," he finds himself wondering what it would be like to discover and meet this double.
Renting dozens of videos in an effort to identify the look-alike actor he saw in the film, Tertuliano finds his life transformed--"as if he were...in a corridor joining heaven and hell," and he wonders "where he had come from and where he would go to next." Enlisting his girlfriend, Maria da Paz, to help him find the address of actor Daniel Santa Clara, without telling her the whole story about his double, he learns that the actor's real name is Antonio Claro, contacts him by telephone, and arranges to meet him at a remote place, where a series of profound, dramatic ironies unfolds.
Telling Tertuliano's story is a bold and quirky narrator. Self-conscious about his writing, the narrator digresses, acts patronizing toward Tertuliano, and often makes arch comments about him to the reader. He manipulates the reader, jokes with him as he constructs Tertuliano's story, plays with logic and language, creates conversations and debates between Tertuliano and Common Sense, reflects on the origins and destinies of words, and generally shows off, acting as a foil for Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, whose own "emotions have never been strong or enduring.
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