December 2, 2011

Book Club Friday

So I finally finished reading this book & am linking up with Heather for her Book Club! Warning: this will read like a rant. It mostly is.

Blindness - José Saramago

A city is hit by an epidemic of 'white blindness.' The blindness spreads, sparing no one. Authorities confine the blind to a vacant mental hospital secured by armed guards. Inside, the criminal element among the blind hold the rest captive: food rations are stolen, women are raped. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers through the barren streets. The developments within this oddly anonymous group -- the first blind man, the old man with the black eye patch, the girl with dark glasses, the boy with no mother, and the dog of tears -- are as uncanny as the surrounding chaos is harrowing.
A parable of loss and disorientation, of man's worst appetities and hopeless weaknesses, Blindness is one of the most challenging, thought-provoking, and ultimately exhilarating novels published in any language in recent years.

I know the so-called “criminal element” makes it sound exciting. It’s a slight exaggeration. Do you know what I value more than excitement? Grammar. I realize that’s a shocking expectation for a book. *Insert trademark eye-roll here* In addition to being bored by the contents, I often had to re-read paragraphs 2-3 times to figure out who was saying what when, because there were no quotations. Commas, periods, a lot of run-on sentences and confusion is what this book consisted of for me.

I’m not so arrogant as to not realize that this book tries to capture a bigger picture of humanity; of what the world would likely be like if we were ever to actually find ourselves in such a dystopia. I’m not even disagreeing with that. People are selfish assholes. You see that everyday anyway and we live in a utopia where we are spoiled every day! I didn’t need this book to tell me what I already know in such an unpleasant read.
Conclusion: I don’t recommend it but if you’re a risk-taker, go for it.


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