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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. In these pages, beginning on the eve of the US presidential election, he evokes life in his beloved city of Lisbon, revisits conversations with friends, and meditates on his favorite authors. Precise observations and moments of arresting significance are rendered with pointillist detail and together demonstrate an acute understanding of our times. The Notebook is a unique journey into the personal and political world of one of the greatest writers of our time.


The Notebook

Published April 6th by Verso first published January 1st To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Notebookplease sign up. Lists with This Book. Jan 25, Fionnuala added it Shelves: And behind every statement, no matter how serious, there lurks his unique sly humour; the reader feels that Saramago could slay the most ferocious dragons with his comic force alone. That’s definitely my kind of thinking and Saramago is most definitely my kind of person.

I look forward to reading my next book of his, the aptly named Death at Intervals. Saramago hopes his own books are sometimes among the favourites I’m told that the interviews were worth doing. I, as usual tend to doubt this, perhaps because I’m tired of listening to myself. What might seem new to other people has with the passing of time turned into a reheated soup for me. Or, worse still, I’m left with a bitter taste in my mouth due saramaho the certainty that the handful of sensible things I’ve said in my life have turned out after all to be of absolutely no consequence.

And why should they be of consequence? What significance does the buzzing of bees inside the hive have? Do they use it to communicate with one another? Or is it a simple effect of nature, merely a consequence of being alive, with no pre-existing consciousness dlos intent, like an apple tree bearing apples without any concern for whether anyone would come and eat them or not?

And what about us? Do we talk for the same reason we perspire? Just because we do? Sweat evaporates, is washed away, disappears, sooner or later ends up saaramago the clouds.

Where do they go? How many of them remain? And for how long? And what for, after all? I know these are idle words, appropriate for someone turning eighty-six. It’s a lesson worth learning. So I embrace the words I have written, I wish them long life, and resume my writing where I left off.


There can be no other response. View all 30 comments. View all 14 comments. View all 5 comments. Jan 25, Sookie saramafo it it was amazing Shelves: This book is a mish-mash of memoir, biography and nostalgia. He writes in a world where there is both restriction and abundant means to write.

Saramago decided to blog and “The Notebook” is its output. Occasionally sad, oddly nostalgic, strangely whimsical, Saramago mourns for his fallen peers and celebrates their art. We see the day-to-day world through his eyes with tear saramag politics and unfathomable people. The writing is collection of perceptions on humanity through the eyes of an artist This book is a mish-mash of memoir, saramafo and nostalgia. The writing is collection of perceptions on humanity through the eyes of an artistic mind.

The flawless flow of words are only a bonus. A must, must read for anyone who love to see writers being open about world affairs and critique current culture without a earamago net. Jun 21, Grady rated it it was amazing. Ave atque Vale One of the century’s finest writers has died. Not everyone will agree with all of his thoughts, but no one will deny they should not jowe addressed.

Now, with our information fed in bits, chips, and pixels on such wildly diverse formats as Twitter, Facebook, TV talk shows and reality series we must face the fact that reportage of the quality found in these essays is a thing of the past.

Just ratings, compared to k ratings for Blindness. The blog texts are random thoughts which cover a lot of topics and events from those seven months and not only: He writes with all his heart and he does it with so much emotion that is transmitted to the reader also. I resonated with enough of his beliefs that I could quote here dozens. He really was a man of values.

José Saramago

View all 4 comments. Apr 12, jeremy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Jun 09, Jeruen rated it it was amazing. This is another one of those times in which I decided to branch out of fiction and try reading non-fiction saramavo a while. And due to the fact that Saramago is one of my favorite authors, I would perhaps more than gladly read anything that comes out with his name on it. I think I have factir data points to base my decision that if it is written by him, then it must be good.

So apparently, from September to AugustSaramago’s wife Pilar del Rio told him to write a blog. So he went online an This is another one of those times in which I decided to branch out of fiction and try reading non-fiction for a while. So he went online and wrote a few lines a day, just like any other person writing a blog. And this book was a compilation of what he wrote.

And boy, it’s a blog that has force. Force in epic proportions. I liked this book because it provided me with a window that looks inside one of the world’s most beautiful minds. Saramago’s way of thinking and reasoning looks so flawless, it felt like art.

Jose Saramago, El factor dios. –

There are several themes that come up every now and then in his blog. He is a dissident, and with that, he is very outspoken with respect to his views on world affairs. Major themes that he is addressing consistently in the book are the following: George Bush and his lying; Silvio Berlusconi and his bad governance; Israel and its maltreatment of Gaza; authors and friends who have died; and factoids that surround the release of his new book.


Saramago is very open with respect to his criticism of George Bush. In fact, early on, he called Bush a liar emeritus, a high priest to all the liars that surround him, and he calls Bush a mose programmed robot who constantly switches and confuses the messages it carries around inside it.

He expressed hope that the United States foreign policy would change as the Obama administration takes over, and blames Bush for the detrimental effect his presidency has on the lives of the American civilians living today. Another politician that Saramago criticizes a lot here is Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and how he is a character that seems to stem from the mafiosi, ruling Italy with an iron fist.

I don’t know much about Italian politics to evaluate this, but I can say that Saramago’s words were rather strong. Israel and Gaza is another topic.

Saramago has this disdain for the Israeli psyche, and he remarked that it is rather ironic that it used to be the case that David was this small character, who with the aid of a rather nifty sling, was able to take down the larger enemy, Goliath. However, Saramago remarks that Israel’s actions regarding Gaza and its human rights violations there makes it look like Israel is the Goliath this time, bullying Gaza to its whim.

Ah, another important topic in Saramago’s blog is religion and his belief that this is the root of all problems. He attacks both Christians and Muslims alike, and even suggests that there should be a third god to mediate between these two parties.

He mentions that these two parties are guilty of assuming that they are the only correct view, and with that, thinks that they have the right to kill the other party. Saramago is a hard-core atheist, and it reflects on what he writes.

He talks about the men of science that died for their work, people who were tried or even killed by the church, just because they believed in something that was contradictory to sarxmago Bible. He finds it bizarre that only now do churches take the initiative to apologize to these dio, as they have persecuted them in the past.

So for a change, it was nice reading this book. Like I said earlier, it provided me a window to see how Saramago’s brain functions, and reading his blog allowed me access to whatever it was that was brewing in his head, without the artistic flourish that a novel usually is crafted with. This is pure Saramago, if not in the flesh, but in pure unadulterated thought. Needless to say, this one gets a full 5 stars.

Mar 30, Rhea marked it as to-read.