Top positive review
Drop Dead Good
on 28 December 2016
“One cannot be too careful with words, they change their minds just as people do.”
Saramago is in good form in this novel of two halves. The first concerns itself with the societal implications of deaths ceasing to happen. The second half with one individual who, once death starts to occur again, manages to avoid dying, and the personification of death herself.
As usual the actual story is just the bones on which Saramago builds to entertain the reader – and this is a salient point about the author’s writing stance: You are very definitely a reader and the narrator is at pains to fulfil his role and only to keen to point out when he doesn’t.
Saramago’s style is packed with contradictions which make reading his novels so rewarding: for example a complete lack of detail concerning where, when, to whom these events take place, but masses of conjecture about what a dog might have said if its owner would have asked it something. There is soaring prose prising open some truth, followed by dead ends of in logically delivered information. Its brilliant stuff.
“..the fate of hopes is always to breed more hopes, which is why, despite so many disappointments, they have not yet died out in the world..”