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Cain
Cain | José Saramago
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“Saramago juxtaposes an eminently readable narrative of work and poverty, class and desire, knowledge and timelessness—one in which God, too, as he faces Cain in the wake of Noah's Ark, emerges as far more human than expected.” —San Francisco Chronicle In this, his last novel, José Saramago daringly reimagines the characters and narratives of the Old Testament, recalling his provocative The Gospel According to Jesus Christ. His tale runs from the Garden of Eden, when God realizes he has forgotten to give Adam and Eve the gift of speech, to the moment when Noah’s Ark lands on the dry peak of Ararat. Cain, the despised, the murderer, is Saramago’s protagonist. Condemned to wander forever after he kills his brother Abel, Cain makes his way through the world in the company of a personable donkey. He is a witness to and participant in the stories of Isaac and Abraham, the destruction of the Tower of Babel, Moses and the golden calf, the trials of Job. The rapacious Queen Lilith takes him as her lover. An old man with two sheep on a rope crosses his path. And again and again, Cain encounters a God whose actions seem callous, cruel, and unjust. He confronts Him, he argues with Him. “And one thing we know for certain,” Saramago writes, “is that they continued to argue and are arguing still.” A startling book—sensual, funny—and in all ways a fitting end to Saramago’s extraordinary career. “A winkingly blasphemous retelling of the Old Testament . . . Saramago, playfully stretching his chatty late style, pokes holes in the stated logic of the Biblical God throughout the novel.” —The New Yorker This e-book includes a sample chapter of BLINDNESS.
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Emilymdxn
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This was completely unlike anything else I‘ve ever read. A totally original, funny, thought provoking, theological fascinating, hallucinatory meander around the Old Testament. I‘m certain this will be one of the best books I read this year. Cain is the most interesting protagonist, I‘ll be thinking about this for a long time.

Freespirit I have just read his book Blindness.. very dark but so engaging. I will put this one on my list to read! 9mo
Emilymdxn @freespirit I know almost nothing about him and don‘t know the first fact about any of his other books but I want to try them. I honestly chose this one at random from the 1001 books list 😂 I‘ll give blindness a go and harden my heart for something dark! 9mo
Freespirit Yes I think his books are unique...he won the Nobel prize for literature. You won't enjoy Blindness...but it is worth reading! 9mo
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Emilymdxn
Cain | José Saramago
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My first Saramago! #1001books

Bookwomble I read my first Saramago last year, his childhood memoirs. 😊 9mo
zsuzsanna_reads I didn't really get on with the only book I read by him, 9mo
Emilymdxn @Bookwomble I‘ll put it on my list! Thanks! 9mo
Emilymdxn @zsuzsanna_reads I might give that one a go since I liked this one so much but I‘ve been told to prepare for something very dark. Looking at it, it looks much less me than Cain and I don‘t know that I‘d like it. I‘ll try others by him first probably (edited) 9mo
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Mcoun
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Into my 6th hour of reading and finished my first book. This is a quirky satire about Cain time-traveling through various Biblical events, in true Saramago form. My favorite scene was when the unicorn missed getting on the ark.

“Contrary to popular belief, the future is already written, it‘s just that we don‘t know how to read the page it‘s written on...”

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Mcoun
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Took a break to have breakfast with my sibs. Although I‘m enjoying Dickens‘ Bleak House, I need a break, so I‘m moving to Saramago for a bit.

Hubby keeps interrupting me too! 🙁

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Gipsy
Caino | José Saramago

Ti sbagli, mai non è il contrario di tardi, il contrario di tardi è troppo tardi, gli rispose Caino.

Caino - José Saramago

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SpringtimeLibrarian
Cain / Cain | José Saramago
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Read this after Death With Interruptions and was not disappointed. A bit more levity and humor, its an inventive, thought-provoking retelling of the story of Cain.

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Mr.Okada
Cain / Cain | José Saramago
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An alternative n truly surreal story of what "actually" happened after that very first day in the Garden of Eden :with its apples and all.
It is also, in more than one sense, a very naked and brutal story.
Cain travelling the old testament questioning the works of God
And in speaking of surreal, its hard not to relate this one to the "story" taking place att 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington DC 20500, USA.. Read and thou shall find out :)

Mcoun Felt the same way! 1y
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