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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (1 Jun. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860467210
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860467219
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"An irresistible blend of shrewd detail and lyrical fantasy... A seductive novel that needs to be savoured" (Helen Dunmore Observer)

"An invitation to one of the richest bodies of work by a living writer" (Amanda Hopkinson New Statesman)

"Jose Saramago's brilliant evocation...is magical realism of a sort that stirs real wonder" (James Park Time Out)

"Saramago's lovely and original questing story, in a lineage of others such as Don Quixote and Kipling's Kim, is a journey of the spirit told as a journey of the feet" (Richard Eder Los Angeles Times)

"Tremendous wit is always apparent in his imaginative conceits, comic digression and verbal and narrative games" (Ian Critchley Sunday Times)

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A majestic tale, rich in allegory, wit and philosophy; another masterpiece from the Nobel prize-winning novelist Jose Saramago.

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Jose Saramago is an author whose novels I have enjoyed, particularly Seeing and Blindness and even though The Stone Raft was written almost 20 years ago, I only picked it up recently. This is a fantasy novel with a gripping plot and interesting characters. The basic premise is simple i.e. the Iberian peninsula breaks off from mainland Europe and starts to drift off into the Atlantic. A motley crew comprising 5 humans and a dog set out on this journey together finding many exciting adventures on their way. These characters have experienced extremely odd incidents related to the breaking away of the the peninsula.

The plot of The Stone Raft is undoubtedly outlandish but there are two strands to this novel i.e. the fantastical tale of the drifting peninsula and then the story of the relationships and friendships formed between the five people and the dog; their tragedies and triumphs, the loves they share and the loves they cannot sustain. In a way the latter strand is what goes to the heart of this story and its philosophical musings. After all, is not every story about the characters and their interactions with each other. Too often in tales of magical realism the events are presented as the only remarkable facts and the human elements are neglected but Saramago manages to make his characters matter and their human stories are what set this novel apart from many others in the genre.

Saramago is a gifted and hugely intelligent writer and there are political aspects to this story that I could not begin to unravel; he employs a specific prose style and the many institutions of state e.g., governments, police, armies are portrayed as far from perfect and less than competent or altruistic.

A hugely entertaining and highly recommended read.
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Ordered arrived on the expected day.
Very interesting book by a portuguese noble prize winner.
I recommend this book to everyone that enjoys reading.
Might be a difficult read to people that are not familiar with the author or do not read very often.
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This is a wonderful tale! Full of gentle observations on humanity and our foibles, set against an totally improbable back ground. It is a story without parallel in my 77 years of reading - well probably 71 years - it is written in beautiful English and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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