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Blindness (Harvest Book)
by Jose Saramago

Published: 1999-10-04
Paperback : 352 pages
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A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

“This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—The Boston Globe

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

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A stunningly powerful novel of man's will to survive against all odds, by the winner of the 1998 Nobel Prize for Literature.

“This is a shattering work by a literary master.”—The Boston Globe

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year

 
A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine 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—among them a boy with no mother, a girl with dark glasses, a dog of tears—through the barren streets, and the procession becomes as uncanny as the surroundings are harrowing. A magnificent parable of loss and disorientation and a vivid evocation of the horrors of the twentieth century, Blindness has swept the reading public with its powerful portrayal of man's worst appetites and weaknesses—and man's ultimately exhilarating spirit.

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If you liked Blindness - try The Road by Cormac McCarthy
by kellyrodgers (see profile) 03/19/10

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by [email protected] (see profile) 01/19/19

Not for everyone but ingenious writing and storytelling.

 
  "Sloppy"by ebach (see profile) 10/23/18

BLINDNESS could be the worst book I ever read. That is not because of the language used in the translation and not because of its storyline. Rather, it is just plain sloppy.

Using simple

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  "Book Club Loved this!"by jaegeral (see profile) 01/10/16

One of our best discussions ever. An eye-opening perspective that was both shocking and impossible to stop reading.

 
  "Tough Dark Read"by Bodacious (see profile) 10/07/15

The hard reality of life when desperation sets in!! You never know what you will or can do until you ABSOLUTELY have too! Not a book for everyone!

 
  "Riveting and well worth reading"by kellyrodgers (see profile) 03/19/10

I read this about 8 years ago and thought it would be a great book for discussion so I just reread it for my bookclub. We were all entralled. I see some comments about the lack of puctuation from other... (read more)

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