Monday

Blindness by José Saramago

Firstly, I want to start by saying that this was one of the scariest books that I have ever read.

A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities begin by quarantining the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers. I really liked the way that nobody in the story had a name (i.e.: the doctor, the doctor’s wife, the girl with the dark glasses, the man with the black eyepatch, the thief, the first blind man, the boy with the squint, etc.)... a blind person doesn’t need a name they are only a voice.

The writing style was a bit hard for me at first - there is no use of quotations throughout the whole story so it was a bit difficult to distinguish who was speaking- but I caught on quickly enough.

Saramago has a profound way of getting into the depths of human psychology. I found it to be difficult at times, but very thought provoking. What would you do? The world can no longer function as we know it and we are down to living in the streets and scavenging for food. It is an amazing look at humanity, kindness, and pure despair. I was addicted!

6 comments:

baktou said...

i love this kind of story,may try to get one..

Beth F said...

Unlike Baktou, I don't like really scary stories because, well, they scare me!

J. Kaye said...

One of the scariest stories? Wow! That's all I can say. Wow! I'm not sure I wanna read it now...lol!

Kathrin said...

You've sure made me curious about the book!
Kathrin

Teddyree said...

OMG I have to get it, I know I must sound like a ghoul but in between historical and romance I love to read something that scares ya pants off!

farmlanebooks said...

I've just finished reading this book. Scary is the right word! The reason it is so frightening is because it could so easily become true.

Monsters etc. never really worry me as they don't exist - this was so bad because it seemed so realistic.

Very powerful, and thought provoking!

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