This is the novel Saramago was writing when he won the Nobel Prize in La caverna has the abundant compassion, subtlety, and wit of his earlier works. Abstract. VELASQUEZ CAMELO, Edgar Enrique. THE CONSUMER SOCIETY IN JOSÉ SARAMAGO’S THE CAVE: THE APPLICATION OF THE CATHARTIC. : La Caverna (Jose Saramago Works) (Spanish Edition) ( ) by José Saramago and a great selection of similar New, Used and.

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Saramago is a lover of words, and the heart of the marvelous allegorical clockwork of this novel is his examination of words and their relation to the world around us. But a little suspense is nice. Words obviously have power: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

And how much of the unsaid is communicated very effectively indeed through what is said. One day, the Center, literally the center of commerce in the story, cancels its order for Cipriano’s pottery, leaving the elderly potter’s future in doubt.

It finally wiggled its So, I have a complaint. The author has won the Nobel Prize, so we expect and we get great writing and deep thoughts: Forms are atemporal and aspatial, but had distinct, individual qualities that are perceived in multiple ways when represented by objects.

I wanted to ride beside him in the van as he delivered his wares to the Center. Reading Saramago is akin to having a wise, caring grandfather rocking you to sleep in his arms while bestowing the secrets of the universe to you in an engaging bedtime tale.

But this is just one of the things described in this page-long chapter. Or rather, it is what we do with words that makes us human: The old potter struggles to make a living.

And as you pause and look around in the open air and open waters, the novel will invite your understanding to a full spectacle in which there will be no shadows, no illusions, no screens, no chains. Mar 03, James rated it really liked it.


The Cave is an exploration of how much we can trust words. The ominous sight of those chimneys vomiting out columns of smoke makde him wonder which one of those hideous factories would be producing those hideous plastic lies, cunningly fashioned to look like earthenware.

Here we meet Cipriano Algor, a humble potter supplying the Center with his plates and mugs and water jugs. Just about as far as jpse can Making Words Visible A love story for the elderly?

To ask ccaverna readers questions about The Caveplease sign up. Well actually The Cave is all of these and more as Saramago crosses genre boundaries with his usual and unique style to create a remarkably readable philosophical novel.

You can imagine what the old man thinks of this — his life was his work and his identity. Saramago hints at the true beauty of literature and how one idea can be interpreted in multiple ways, each shaping or reaffirming what we hold most dear in our hearts.

For clay it was and clay it will be. You are right, the secret of the bee, Not exist, but we know it. More and more I find authors using long lists as a safamago of describing something, as if an extensive vocabulary can hide someone’s lack ,a a point. Paperbackpages. A foundation with his name was established in ; its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors. The only other significant character jode the story is a widow in the village.

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This novel occasionally dips dangerously close to oversentimentality and often feels a uneven, yet chastising it beyond mere mention seems faverna. The truck had not been burned by the people in the shacks, but by the police themselves, it was just an excuse to bring the army…he had suddenly seen what the world was like, how there are many lies and no truths, well, there must be some out there, but they are lz changing, and not only does a possible truth give us insufficient time to consider its merits, we also have to check first that this possible truth is not, in fact, a probable lie.


While language is shown as another replica of Forms, it is through language that the mind can find a haven—language is the bridge through which we can glimpse daverna reality and meaning.

Ok, This is Saramago. Saramago approaches his story as if it were a living thing independent from himself, being both the narrator delivering the story, but also an observer and participant much like the reader themselves.

His works, some of which kose be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Spare and pensive, The Cave follows the fortunes of an aging potter, Cipriano Algor, beginning with his weekly delivery of plates to the Center, a high-walled, windowless shopping complex, residential community, and nerve center that dominates the region.

This niggling little issue has been eating at me recently because I’ve taken to reading books aloud and find myself running short of breath halfway through these interminable lists. It would be like insulting your own loving grandfather for his bedtime stories, which you know please him to tell as much as they please you to hear.

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The creation process in the kiln opens up a channel for Saramago to examine the role of a Creator, and he openly chastises any Creator that would knowingly damn their creations.

Human wordiness is the bridge of relationship, even when, perhaps especially when, words are withheld. Half of his regular pottery shipment is rejected, and he is told that the consumers now prefer plastic tableware.