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Booking Through Author

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saramago1. Do you have a favorite author?
I have many favorite authors. But to answer all the questions to follow, I have to choose Jose Saramago, a Portuguese writer who won the Nobel Prize in 1998. He is an author who with parables sustained by imagination, compassion and irony continually enables us once again to apprehend an elusory reality. The most popular book is probably Blindness.

2. Have you read everything he or she has written?
I have read most of his novels that are translated into English. He has also written three volumes of poetry, which are yet to be translated, a series of books on critical studies and drama. Two of his latest works of fiction: Seeing (a sequel to Blindness), and Death with Interruptions are sitting on my night-stand. The latter, again, is a highly imagined parable that explores how the non-existence of death affects our society. The story begins on New Year’s Day, when humans stop dying. How appropriate to begin the new year with this book!

3. Did you LIKE everything?
I have liked all the works I have read so far: All the Names, The Double, The Cave, The Stone Rift, and Blindness. His writings take you away from reality into his realm of imaginations that give you a new perspective of reality. It exemplifies the saying that fiction is lies that tell the truth of how people truly live.

4. How about a least favorite author?
I cannot think of one, considering that I usually would read the works of my favorite authors. I follow my instincts in choosing books. In the same way as a favorite author, I’m afraid I’ll have to have bad experience reading all the books of an author to label him/her the least favorite. That would be quite harrowing.

5. An author you wanted to like, but didn’t?
William Faulkner. After The Light in August, which was highly recommended by my high school English teacher, I have shied away from this American novelist whose style is just too dense and digressive for me. I cannot come to appreciate his highly rhetorical and symbolic style and the books become so boring to me.

32 Responses

  1. Poor Faulkner is taking a beating today.

  2. I got Blindness. Yet to read it. I think I will, now!

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  4. I’m planning to read “All the Names” and “The Double” for various challenges next year. I’ve had Saramago on my “want to read” list for quite a while now. Afraid I’m another Faulkner-phobe – just never have been able to get interested in his work.

  5. Jose Saramago sounds very intriguing. I shall have to hunt him down the next time I’m out.

  6. My response to Faulkner is similar in respect to the novels. His short stories I find much more accessible; they are masterly works dealing with the social attitudes of the old South.

    Saramago sounds intriguing but formidable in terms of conceptual leaps demanded from the reader. But that’s the way of most literature worthy of one’s time. I’ll have to add something from this author to my reading pile.

  7. Many people have listed Faulkner as one they wanted to like, but didn’t. . . . Interesting.

  8. I read my first Saramago novel a couple of months ago: “Death With Interruptions.” I really enjoyed it, although the critical reviews of this have been pretty mixed. I have plans to read more of his books, but with the way my TBR list is looking it’s probably going to be a while.

    I’m with you on Faulkner. I wanted to like him and Hemingway but neither of them does anything for me. I find Faulkner too dense and symbolic and Hemingway too simple and bland.

  9. I actually like Faulkner, though I’ve not read much of him. I read Old Man this year for the novella challenge. It’s basically an adventure story and was very accessible, especially for Faulkner.

  10. I just discovered Saramago this year, and I love, love, love him. (I’ve read the Double and Blindness—Seeing and the Gospel According to Jesus Christ are the ones I intend to look for next.)

    The only Faulkner novel I’ve read is Sound and the Fury, which I had to read in college, and I found it nearly incomprehensible, even after discussing it in class. Someone told me Light in August iseasier to follow, so I’m gonig to give it a try, but I’m skeptical. I will say that his short stories aren’t bad, but they don’t rank among my favorites.

  11. I recently joined ‘Read the Nobels’, but I haven’t gotten around to actually reading any! Maybe I’ll start with Saramago… which would you recommend I try first?

  12. I have tried repeatedly to red Faulkner and I just don’t like it. A few years ago when Oprah did three of his books for her book club, I thought “If Oprah’s audience can read Faulkner, so can I”. But then I decided life was too darn short to fuss with something so personally unsatisfying (and difficult).

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  13. I didn’t play this week, Matt. My mind is wandering and I can’t concentrate, LOL.

    I’ve never read Faulkner so I’m wondering how ‘bad’ is his books are…hehe.

  14. I have Blindness in my TBR collection. I have heard such great things about Jose Saramago. I am looking forward to trying his work for myself one of these days.

    I did like the one book by William Faulkner that I read (As I Lay Dying). It’s the only book from which I’ve memorized an entire chapter. Admittedly, it’s a very short chapter, but it sounds impressive. 🙂

  15. I don’t think I would have appreciated Faulkner if I hadn’t taken an entire class on his work in college and gotten beaten in the head with what a genius he was. I resisted at the time, but now I can’t help but love him. Damn.

  16. I recently started “Seeing” (the sequel to “Blindness”.) It’s a bit slow so far, but I think I’m going to like it. As for Faulkner, I enjoyed his works during high school, but when I tried to read “A Fable” and “Pylons”, his writing seemed thick like mud, not easy to work my way through and a bit confusing as to who the speaker was/what was happening.

  17. Beth F:
    And so is Hemingway. 🙂

  18. gautami:
    It’s well-written although some parts of it can be gruesome. I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  19. Sally:
    Faulkner is just difficult to read.

  20. Joyce:
    Saramago’s prose is very dense and he doesn’t seem to delight in the use of punctuation. Otherwise his books are full of imagination. 🙂

  21. aspiringgeek:
    I would recommend Blindness first, then Seeing, and All the Names. The Double is very interesting with a twist at the end.

  22. Greg S:
    I have no doubt of Faulkner’s literary flair and his works are landmark of the time period of which they were written. I should start with reading his short stories and gain a better appreciation of him and his prose.

    Saramago does demand of readers’ their interaction. The situation that he creates for his books is usually edgy, unthinkable but true-to-life. It asks readers to think what they would have done if they’re in the same shoe as the characters.

  23. Lisa:
    Hemingway, Joyce, James, and Faulkner are the forerunners. 🙂

  24. J.S. Peyton:
    I’m beginning the New Year (2009) with Death With Interruptions. I cannot wait to read it as I’ve been resisting the urge of picking it up. It would be appropriate as the book begins with new year’s day when people stop dying. 🙂

  25. CB James:
    Greg S also suggests to read short stories. Now than you have endorsed Faulkner means I should seriously considering reading him again. Thanks for the heads up. 🙂

  26. Teresa:
    Gospel According to Jesus Christ is such a controversial book that churches have call a boycott of it. It portrays Jesus at his most human and vulnerable. But I have enjoyed reading it a lot.

  27. tuesday:
    I would recommend, in that order: Blindness, The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, The Double, All the Names. I’ll read his latest, Death with Interruptions on New Year’s Day. 🙂

  28. Thomas:
    You’ve got a great blog there. I’ll have to come back and visit. 🙂

    Oprah has selected some great novelists but have got some mundane feedback. I remembered readers complaining about how inaccessible One Hundred Years of Solitude was. Then in a later episode, Oprah club members trampled Anna Karenina. She might want to pick books that are more “common reader friendly”. 🙂

  29. Melody:
    I’ve been very busy this week and probably next week as well as the semester is coming to an end. I’ve got papers from one class and final exams from another to grade. 🙂

  30. Wendy:
    I’m so impressed that you have memorized the entire chapter. Now you have me all curious that I have to get a copy to see for myself. See what book blogger can do to me? 🙂

    I strongly recommend Blindness, by the way. The sequel is Seeing. 🙂

  31. Jordan:
    I appreciate your reading taste and that means…I’ll have to read Faulkner again. Damn! 🙂

  32. Greg C:
    The subject of Seeing is election in which most of the people casted empty ballot. The beginning is not as shocking and gripping as Blindness, but your effort will be rewarded. 🙂

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