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Baltasar is then haunted by the wonder and possibility of flight as he serves as a laborer on the great convent at Mafra. Certainly I would not want everything that I read to reflect this approach, blimunnda I appreciate the creativity involved and it is nice to try something different for a change.

I will let others tease that out.

I picked up this book while traveling through Portugal this fall. The book at times also felt similar to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose 4 stars minus its philosophical musings.

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Babbling Books: Baltasar and Blimunda by Jose Saramago

Ludwig blimnda studied architecture in Rome and knew contemporary Italian art. And equally ruthless towards monarchy and clergy. Truly one of my most enjoyable reads in a very long time.

However, the book is not an easy one to read, sentences are pretty much large and there are no punctuations save for concurrent commas and points. Perhaps it will all turn out to be illusory, the fruit of a certain time and a certain place, for we know that happiness is short-lived, that we fail to cherish it when it is within our grasp and value it only when it has vanished forever.


Thanks for the terrific review!!

Baltasar and Blimunda Summary & Study Guide

The Memorial do Convento is a wonderful portrait of eighteenth century Portugal. Our main characters also meet and interact with the real life eighteenth century composer Domenico Scarlatti.

Whenever I look and admire all the monuments erected in the name of religion, I wonder is it worth it?

The plot is not as exciting as “Pillars” and not as profound as “Name of the Rose” but definitely memorable because of its milieu: Copyrights Baltasar and Blimunda from BookRags. Also, with his usual ‘non-quotation’ dialogue, it makes it a bit dense and a slow read, but if you like Annd, you know what to expect. Shankar Thanks great review.

I believe that in writing the conclusion as such, that Saramago is, as he does with his style of prose, attempting to reflect the way that life often goes. Baltazar gets work at the convent and Saramago spares nothing describing the brutal job for thousands to build this massive project. Sometimes, one has to finish a pages-long sentence and re-read it to finally grasp the idea, all this being a surprisingly addictive exercise of the mind. After finally overcoming these frustrations, I must confess that I am now totally hooked on this style.

As the inquisition rages and royalty and religion clash, they pursue his impossible, not to mention heretical, dream of flight. In addition, there are many observations presented that I find to be true or that I can at least say that I lean towards. After having read all his novels, however, I’d rank this one amongst my least favourites. It advocates that society is best served when groups of people voluntarily band together into communes and cooperate for the common good.


Which books have you read by Saramago? His language yes in Spanish is some of the best I have read. Hi Guy – I had a moderate amount of the confusion that you referenced. Both are amazing tales of the human spirit and I read both in Spanish apologies for not reading in Portuguese Is it the ancient Egypt or the Catholic Portugal pride of kings and hypocrisy of clergy seems to be unchanged for centuries.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Ogni frase, a volte ogni termine utilizzato, ha un valore non da poco, e cela uno stile affascinante, un uso disinvolto e non sempre chiaro di un’ironia eccezionale, grazie alla quale la Storia viene ricostruita, reinventata, schernita e un po’ demitizzata. Sectionspages – This novel is an exploration of it. Thousands labouring workers to satisfy the morbid ambitions of monks and pamper bloated ego of the king remind us of builders pyramids in antiquity.

Every book by him seems to be a totally different idea. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.