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Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while telling his tale, musing and meandering. Solomon is coerced to kneel by the doors of the basilica, which puts the fear of God into the populace, vjaje also kneels. View all 11 comments.

The voice is third-person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed. It’s not my trip, it’s in the book! Knowing it swramago not spoil the enjoyment of it one whit, if you do choose to read it. Yet there was no apparent need for this longevity. It’s hard to understand just why the archduke Maximilian should have decided to make such a j Here is a wonderful story, especially, I think, if you have a deep connection to animals.

For all of Saramago’s stylistic beauty, this book still has the feel of a too-long anecdote. This book is a feast of verbal treats from the end to the beginning where, like The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemanthe narrative opens with a conversation in a marital bed, a conversation in which a monarch worries that a fall from grace can come very swiftly Yes, this joes a book of historical fiction.

It would certainly seem so but this is speculation. In fact, I was going to go for the third star but when I looked at what rating I had given the other six Saramago books I’ve readI had to knock it down to iose, as I definitely liked The Cave better and that only got three. We are not to analyze the appropriateness of the terminology. She has earned her money.


Maximillian arrogantly r This is the story of the book. There was no narrative arc that I could detect, unless you count the climb upwards through the Alps. For those familar with W.

Do you know sraamago way Saramago wrote this book quite late in his life and I wondered if he had dep or regrets about what he had achieved in his writing career or if he worried about the security of his position as the leading Portuguese writer of the twentieth century. See 1 question about El Viaje Del Elefante….

With the release of this book comes the sad news of Saramago’s passing. For all my sifting, I ended up with too little gold in my pan. Especially amusing is the “miracle” cynically wrought in Padua by an ecclesiastic of that city. Then, given Saramago’s reputation, you feel tempted to start again.

El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

In saramag middle of the story he may take a few sentences to ruminate whimsically about the nature of royalty or the use of specific language or even his own role in the narrative itself. The king was very sad but the queen refusing to be read the contents of the letter locked herself in her room and spent the rest of the day in tears. Saramago was both a Communist and a famous atheist.

Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn you know that the Brenner Pass is central to that book and the author offers some of his enigmatic photographs of it. When Saramago’s narrative reaches the Brenner pass, he begins to discuss the difficulties of descriptive writing, then says: Anyways, enough of my personal Saramago rating history.

I had the strangest feeling while reading The Elephant’s Journey – I felt like a child, being told a story by an old and indulgent grandparent. If nothing else, Saramago still makes his books into journeys, wandering, but they never stay lost for long. It was supposed to be a charming ivaje novel. Lists with This Book.

El Viaje Del Elefante

Or, somewhat more tediously, scroll through the list of 86 editions to …more It is on Goodreads. Estamos regidos por D. One bit of interesting subtext occurs when the Archduke and his cortege make their way elefxnte the dangerous Brenner Pass. Nothing more, nothing less.


One is entirely taken up with the plight of this elephant, an animal of the tropics, being forced through a snowy rocky landscape. If I thought they were all like this, I wouldn’t read any more but they can’t possibly be so I’ll give him another chance.

His send up of the Catholic Church, its cynicism and hypocrisy is quite amusing and is by itself worth the price of the book. Return to Book Page. The narrator was excellent.

Nor was there any character development that I could tell. Fortunately, thanks to the inexhaustible generosity of the imagination, we erase faults, fill in lacunae as best we can, forge passages through blind alleys that will remain stubbornly blind, and invent keys to doors that have never had locks. The end is both picaresque and that of a fairy tale. Quotes from El viaje del elef Do you want saramgo sophisticated chuckle? It is based on a true event in history: It’s a shame that photography had not yet been invented in the sixteeth century, because the solution would have been easy as saamago, we would simply have included a few photos from the period, especially if taken from a helicopter and readers would then have every reason to consider themselves amply rewarded and to recognize sarakago extraordinary informative nature of our enterprise.

XVI, a altura em que decorre esta viagem. Then you start to get bored and doze off for about pages in the middle, eldfante then you ‘wake up’ again, start paying attention, and read the fantastic ending, and wonder how you got there in the first place.