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Book Rewards Program Pick

For my Books Reward Program redemption at Books Inc., I was aiming for Molly Fox’s Birthday, which was highly recommended by book bloggers in the UK. I was disappointed to find out that the book (trade paperback, published by Picador) will not be available until April. After searching the shelves and letting my whims run loose, I picked up this book and opened to a random page:

…that is, the explicit acceptance that death was fundamental to the existence of the kingdom of god [note the author doesn’t capitalize “god”] and that, therefore, any discussion about a future without death would be not only blasphemous but absurd, since it would, inevitably, presuppose an absent or, rather, vanished god. . . that if there was no death, there could be no resurrection, and if there was no resurrection, then there would be no point in having a church.

The range of this author’s satire seems limitless, but so does his power to humanize. He’s so good at taking a very curious, beyond-imagination idea, rub and knead, and turns the idea into flesh. He is one of the best writers who incorporates rhetoric into his fictional works: Jose Saramago. Death with Interruptions.

6 Responses

  1. I’m looking forward to Molly Fox’s Birthday, too!

  2. Saramago is a wonderful writer!


  3. I hope you enjoy this one! 🙂

  4. If you haven’t read his book Blindness I recommend it. He’s brilliant.

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