Friday, June 02, 2006
52. "Blindness" ~ Jose Saramago
The white blindness spreads throughout this unnamed country, causing the initially afflicted to be remaindered in a former mental institution. The only one immune to the strange epidemic is the eye doctor's wife.
Mental hospital, eye doctor... indeed, there are several routes to go with this novel. Shall we analyze it as an allegory, an extended metaphor of society's blindness of character and hypersensitivity of class?
Nah. There isn't enough time. This is one of those novels that tickles at the back of the throat like hayfever. Saramago's novel could be compared to Lord of the Flies or The Handmaid's Tale, except it surpasses both in depth and, not unbelievably, current relevance. Using a teaching analogy, I would use this novel for a 300-400 level class.
Even so, I would sit back often to find what others have delved from this book's depths. The symbolism, the dialogue, the disjointed formation of memorable characters... it is not something to absorb with one reading.
4.2 out of 5.0 Rusty Nails.
Posted by Kristin at 6:55 PM