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Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Saramago has blended fact and fiction in much the same way as Marquez and others use magical realism, to create. Baltasar and Blimunda has ratings and reviews. Henry said: King John V (the Magnanimous) of Portugal, is a frustrated man, to continue the r. BALTASAR AND BLIMUNDA By Jose Saramago. Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. pp. San Diego: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. $

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The character development is superb and nothing is left to wonder, which, for this tale, is perfect. I must confess, though, that I found his complex style frustrating initially; I blamed the translations so far I have read Blindness in French and this one in Spanish and often doubted my capacity to understand what I read. Sections 24, pages Would you like to tell us about a lower price? After a journey across Portugal, the trio crash-lands in a remote and mountainous area.

Though my knowledge of literary theory is limited, I would define this novel as written in a modernist style. It was worth the many whiles. The brief glimpses of aristocratic life are meaningfully similar, but less humanized.

However, it seems to me that Saramago mistakes what often is, but not always so, a world of universal and absolute rules. I picked up a Spanish translation, as my knowledge of Portuguese is nonexistent. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Add all three to Cart Add all three to List. Baltazar gets work at the convent and Saramago spares nothing describing the brutal job for thousands to build this massive project.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I am with you now. Thanks for your kind words. Deram-se um adn outro.

Hi Guy – I had a moderate amount of the confusion that you referenced. Bilmunda love story is real, poetic, passionate, romantic, transcendental, and even eternal; a beautiful tool for linking the unbelievable, the ugly, the cruel, the unjust, the hopeful, the scientific, the despicable, the surreal, and the downright mad.


I agree, Saramago expresses his thinking very nicely.

The plight of a woman, especially towards the queen, the horror to be the queen, for the grief to be a woman, “for the shame, this life that is; and for the death that comes” por el horror de ser reina, por el dolor de ser mujer, por las dos penas juntos, por esta vida que se va, por esa muerte que viene. The portico columns clearly showed the neoclassical influence, complemented by several sculptures in the same style.

This ideology permeates this work. Religion is again and again shown to be nasty, hypocritical and not based upon rational thinking. Though as per my summery there were some very fanciful aspects to the plot. What’s important to retain is that Saramago is very funny, very sarcastic, very gentle, very humane, very sensitive.

Baltasar and Blimunda Summary & Study Guide

Recommended to Sonia by: However, the portrayal of the royal procession is also a comic masterpiece. In addition, the book contains much aesthetic beauty that is manifested in many ways. In the end I am happy to have read it, found it thought provoking and feel inspired to explore more of Saramago’s works but only after a break with some lighter fare in between. Perhaps I’m not an baltasaf reader–or perhaps just not adventurous enough. He will not be alive when, and if, the convent is finally completed.

Whenever I look and admire all the monuments erected in the name of religion, I wonder is it worth it? I found this the most vivid blimnda entertaining part of the novel. Absolutely loved this book. Saramago, a writer of sharp intelligence, keeps this love story under strict control, free of pathos or sentimentality.

There are meditations on what makes people human, what gives them identity, and the role of art in elevating the human condition, to name just a few of the points that Saramago explores.


Saramago is wonderfully ironic and blasphemous. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. It takes time to be read; yet, I can tell, the reading of the book is worthy of the spent time.

Baltasar and Blimunda Summary & Study Guide

I read the book at night before bed. Saramago uses few traditional sentences. I love almost everything related to the European Middle Ages and this blikunda was one of the best I’ve ever encountered on the topic. View all 11 comments.

Babbling Books: Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago

By the way, the intelligent Blimunda has a dark secret, she can see inside the bodies of people, with X -ray eyes and check their health, if found out by the notorious Inquisition, she’ll be inevitably burned at the stake, as a witch. Read reviews that mention baltasar blimmunda blimunda flying machine blimuhda story nobel prize jose saramago prize for literature left hand century portugal domenico scarlatti convent of mafra bartolomeu lourenco years ago magical realism read this book historical fiction padre bartolomeu dom joao memorial do convento inside people writing style.

This is the first work of his that I have tried. I wish to add that the actual monk who invented a flying machine escaped the Inquisition.

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There was even a hospital for the sick or wounded workers. Last summer, I read my first Saramango book, Blindness, and loved it. Your assessment of the best books is helpful. Together they fill the globes that are used to power the Passarola.

It’s also a very good novel, although I prefer the sequel, Seeing; I think it speaks more to our current problems.