José Saramago narra el insólito viaje del elefante Salomón a través de la Europa del siglo XVI. Una aventura épica llena de humanidad, humor y sabiduría. El viaje del elefante (Spanish Edition) [José Saramago] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A mediados del siglo XVI el rey Juan III ofrece a. Buy El Viaje Del Elefante by Jose Saramago from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.

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His use of language is as always beautiful, and his sense of observation unique and intricate. Especially amusing is the “miracle” cynically wrought in Padua by an ecclesiastic of that city. It is worth paying a bit more for the audio version than struggling through the written, never ending sentences.

Riding through Portugal, and then across Spain, boarding a ship to cross the Mediterranean, then onwards through Northern Italy, the Alps, Austria, all while perched on top of an eefante must have seemed like a royal position in those days.

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El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

The Archduke is not amused by the throngs of the pious. It is very funny, and I praise Saramago for his ability to make me laugh. The major characters are the elephant Solomon and his mahour Subhro. There were rarely two paragraphs on the same page. So, if he is championing the fictional account of this factual journey over the historical one, he does it with an entire army sarmaago nods and winks: If I had had to struggle through the reading myself, I am sure I would have given it less stars!

Saramago is very good at inventing keys, and with them, he opens a succession of doors in the narrative; I imagine him blithely doing the same throughout his life. A fine one to finish a year of reading on.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Her intonations were perfect.

Sentences were just added together with no cumulative effect, dynamism or creative tension. That’s how affecting the writing is here. When Saramago’s narrative reaches the Brenner pass, he begins to discuss the difficulties of descriptive writing, then says: Thanks for telling us about the problem. Instead, we are meant viajf chuckle at the incongruence of our modern way of thinking and the historical events as they unfolded. Unless some lucky scholar hits paydirt, I’m afraid we’ll never know.

And the we is sometimes the narrator and the reader, sometimes the narrator and the characters, sarmaago that we, the readers, eventually become absorbed into the narrative and the we comes to be narrator, characters and readers, all rolled up in one; we sagamago transformed in spite of ourselves, changed utterly on reading ell words because Saramago believes in the transforming power of fiction: Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant, when he vjaje some engravings of an elephant on the walls.

Saramago was perfectly competent at establishing the feel of era Portugal, but every now and again the third person narrative anachronistically mentioned “all’s well that ends well” 50 years before Shakespeare used the term, if you don’t attribute it to John Heywood infilm, cameras and “the third way” between capitalism and communism, without any apparent purpose or effect, other than to alienate me, the reader.

As I read about the passage of the archduke and his cortege in their passage through the snowy Alps I was filled with foreboding. Nothing more, nothing less.

The reason this is getting two stars is that It pains me a bit to give a Saramago book such a low rating, but of the seven of his that I’ve read, this was clearly the one I liked the least. Soooooo instead, I figured the narrator of this audio book could do the reading for me!


View all 7 comments. Those who like their tales straight and to the point should pass this one by, as it will be more frustrating than rewarding.

It was about as exciting as it sounds. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The animal is thus shown a certain respect and the limitations of the voice are clearly indicated: Knowing it will not spoil the enjoyment of it one whit, if you do choose to read it.

Instead, I was surprised to find a joyous and lighthearted tale of adventure filled with humor. With the release of this book comes the sad news of Saramago’s passing.

Then you start to get bored and doze off for about pages in the middle, and then you ‘wake up’ again, start paying attention, and read the fantastic ending, and wonder how you got there in the first place. I normally like to read an author’s work chronologically, rather than jump in at the end and work backwards or around.

Prvi susret sa Saramagom This book is not yet featured on Listopia. In the hands of a lesser writer, this For all of Saramago’s stylistic beauty, sarramago book still has the feel of a too-long anecdote.

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