Saturday, February 12, 2011

Death With Interruptions

by Jose Saramago

Unmitigated satire. I found this a fun look at "death" taking a break from her work, bringing to light the complications of an eternity on earth through one country's experiences. The first half of the book expounds on the social issues of living forever in great detail. The second half of the book delves into the character of death and her inner turmoil with earthly relationships. 

Too bad Saramago couldn't have blended these two halves instead of running two separate short stories. His perception of the character of death brought the second half of the book to life. 

Reading this writing style can be a challenge at first, as he uses very little punctuation.

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