A Viagem do Elefante (Pdf/E–pub) ´ José Saramago
Comfort And Joy eE perfect She hasarned her money It is worth paying a bit for the audio version than struggling through the written never nding sentences That is what I think Do you want a sophisticated chuckle Listen to this book Do You Know the Way to Pan Jos I m afraid whatever subtlety and charm this novel supposedly has was lost on meI normally like to read an author s work chronologically rather than jump in at the nd and work backwards or around I broke my rule in this case and now I I broke my rule in this case and now I left wondering why Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize Is this his last novel before he died in 2010 another case of the Nobel Curse where you never write another decent work after you get the big one Help me decide which of his novels to read next PleaseThis novel was relentlessly linear There was no narrative arc that I could detect unless you count the climb upwards through the AlpsThere were rarely two paragraphs on the same page The longest I recorded before I stopped counting was 12 pages Yet there was no apparent need for this longevity Sentences were just added together with no cumulative Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health effect dynamism or creative tensionSaramago was perfectly competent atstablishing the feel of 1551 ra Portugal but very now and again the third person narrative anachronistically mentioned all s well that Cause Of Fear ends well 50 years before Shakespeare used the term if you don t attribute it to John Heywood in 1546 film cameras and the third way between capitalism and communism without any apparent purpose orffect other than to alienate me the reader There were two or three occasions on which I grinned at some aside but little of what I had Working Windows: A Guide to the Repair and Restoration of Wood Windows expected from the blurb trumpeting itsxtremely funny and witty reflections For all my sifting I nded up with too little gold IN MY PANNOR WAS THERE ANY my panNor was there any development that I could tell I loved the lephant but Solo: A Star Wars Story: Expanded Edition even for him it was no hero s journey though thankfully the denouement wasn t like slaughter forlephants He seemed to be as bored as me No wonder like Jos himself he died two years after the narrative nded I hope I m spared his fateSOUNDTRACKA Tribute to Jos Saramagohttpswwwyoutubecomwatchv6zaHjMiguel Gon alves Mendes Jos PilarI have ideas for books but she has ideas for life I don t know which is importantDionne Warwick Do You Know the Way to Pan Jos is a great big freewayPut a hundred down on a pachydermTurn your back on your accounting firmAnd you might find yourself on the wayTo Vienna by barge from InnsbruckHey It s not my trip it s in the bookDo you know the wayrepeat Thanks to Steve for the inspiration This review is dedicated to my school friend Chrispy Chorizo Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant when he noticed some ngravings of an lephant on the walls He The Lady in Pink enuired about it and was informed about anlephant back in the sixteenth century who had journeyed across the continent and through the peninsula and then passed on into legend Saramago felt there was material for a story there and set out to investigate a bit about the historical details of this long journey The result is this book It was supposed to be a charming little novel This reviewer is sorry to report that while this is an interesting Eyes example of how good authors can pluck good stories out of thin air there was nothing here that was of real interest to him in terms ofngaging characters historical significance or ven a good yarn Here is a wonderful story specially I think if you have a deep connection to animals It is the story of Solomon the Elephant and his keeper Subhro and their journey as a gift from King Joao III of Portugal to his cousin Archduke Maximillian Hapsburgs in 1540 or so The voice is third person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed It is a novelist s voice mbellishing on historical factIt s hard to understand just why the archduke Maximilian should have decided to make such a journey at this time should have decided to make such a journey at this time year winter but that is how it is set down in history as an incontrovertible documented fact supported by historians and confirmed by the novelist who must be forgiven for taking certain liberties with names not only because it is his right to invent but also because he had to fill in certain gaps so that the sacred coherence of the story was not lostOmniscience is avoided This is specially vident in the narrator s refusal or inability to nter the thoughts of Solomon The animal is thus shown a certain respect and the limitations of the voice are clearly indicatedWe do not know what he Solomon is thinking but in the midst of these Alps we can be sure of one thing he is Os deu obras primas como Memorial do Convento ou O Ano da Morte de Ricardo Reis José Saramago coloca agora nas mãos dos leitores Spirit of the Wolf esta obraxcepcional ue é A Viagem do ElefanteNeste livro A Vineyard Christmas escritom condições de saúde muito precárias não sabemos o ue mais admirar o Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose estilo pessoal do autorxercido ao nível das suas melhores obras; uma combinação de personagens reais I had the strangest feeling while reading The Elephant s Journey I felt like a child being told a story by an old and Elephant s Journey I felt like a child being told a story by an old and grandparent I saw him clearly sitting in an old comfortable chair in a dimly lit room talking in a gravelly voice telling the story of Solomon the lephant a wedding gift from a king to an archduke and the long journey that brought him from Portugal through the Alps and finally to ViennaLike any good grandfather Saramago wanders from point to point while telling
"his tale musing and meandering In the middle of the story he "tale musing and meandering In the middle of the story he take a few sentences to ruminate whimsically about the nature royalty or the use of specific language or ven own role in the narrative itself For this reason The Elephant s Journey is probably not for veryone Those who like their tales straight and to the point should pass this o Others have repeated the story and given the background to Saramago writing this book which is written in long long sentences with little punctuation and no uotation marks which means you have to really concentrate on conversations to follow who is speaking and when because it might be the lephant or the archduke or the mahout or in fact anybody Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) else and also because the author just witters on and on often going completely off piste and crossing centuries in terms of terminology and observations in the spirit of Chelmsford 123 if anyone remembers it Phew uite anxhausting read because of its style but very funny at times definitely uirky and heavens am I really using this word sweet My first Saramago If I thought they were all like this I wouldn t read any but they can t possibly be so I ll give him another chance All suggestions my Goodreads friends are welcome It pains me a bit to give a Saramago book such a low rating but of the seven of his that I ve read this was clearly the one I liked the least It s not that I disliked it 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 read I had to knock it down to two as I definitely liked The Cave better and that only got three Anyways Math Basics 6 enough of my personal Saramago rating history The reason this is getting two stars is that frankly it was a bit boring Yes there were still some moments where Saramago wowed in his particular way but mostly it was 200 pages about anlephant traveling from Portugal to Austria in the 16th century It was about as Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, exciting as it sounds Written shortly before he died one is left with the feeling that Saramago s amazing writing talents were starting to fade The Elephant s Journey doesn t make me look any less fondly on Jose Saramago it is simply his book I have liked the least Nothing nothing less I still look forward to working my way through the rest of his bibliography shortly after he began writing thelephant s journey in 2007 jos saramago was stricken with pneumonia and would conclude the year hospitalized in lanzarote from complications a mere day after his discharge the following january he resumed The First Ghost efforts on the novel completing it in august 2008 hence the book s dedication for pilar who wouldn t let me die a tribute to his wife and translator of his works into spanish saramago would go on to finis Yes this is a book of historical fiction It is based on a truevent in history In 1551 King Jo o III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present an lephant named Solomon The lephant s journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars historians and ordinary people this being a direct uote from the book description And yet this book is primarily a book of humor To be Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential explicit it is a book of ironic satire It is written with modern terminology We are not to analyze the appropriateness of the terminology These are NOT thexpressions of the 1500s They are not meant to be Instead we are meant to chuckle at the incongruence of our modern way of thinking and the historical vents as they unfolded It is very funny and I praise Saramago for his ability to make me laugh Read this book to laugh not to learn of an historical ventI chose to listen to this book because it does not Humanism employ the normal rules of punctuation I do not like such writing Paragraphs and rules of punctuation help a reader understand what is being said Soooooo instead I figured the narrator of this audio book could do the reading for me I can just sit back andnjoy the content If I had had to struggle through the reading myself I am sure I would have given it less stars The narrator was Smokin' Hot excellent Her intonations wer. Em meados do século XVI o rei D João III oferece a seu primo o aruiduue Maximiliano da Áustria genro do imperador Carlos V umlefante indiano ue há dois anos se Placing Memory encontram Belém vindo da ÍndiaDo facto histórico ue foi Lasombra essa oferta não abundam os testemunhos Mas há alguns Com base nessesscassos lementos sobretudo com uma poderosa imaginação de ficcionista ue já Ot a happy Wanton Nights elephantAs I read about the passage of the archduke and his cortege in their passage through the snowy Alps I was filled with foreboding That s how affecting the writing is here One isntirely taken up with the plight of this While My Soldier Serves elephant an animal of the tropics being forced through a snowy rocky landscape Saramago uses a run on sentence style stringing long passages together with commas and disdaining standard capitalization This has the cleverffect of slowing the reader down almost as a caesura in verse making one concentrate intently on how the language is deployed Saramago was both a Communist and a famous atheist His send up of the Catholic Church its cynicism and hypocrisy is uite amusing and is by itself worth the price of the book Especially amusing is the miracle cynically wrought in Padua by an cclesiastic of that city Solomon is coerced to kneel by the doors of the basilica which puts the fear of God into the populace which also kneels This story then precedes Solomon along his route The Archduke is not amused by the throngs of the pious One bit of interesting subtext occurs when the Archduke and his cortege make their way through the dangerous Brenner Pass For those familar with WG Sebald s The Rings of Saturn you know that the Brenner Pass is central to that book and the author offers some of his nigmatic photographs Pass is central to that book and the author offers some of his ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe enigmatic photographs it When Saramago s narrative reaches the Brenner pass he begins to discuss the difficulties of descriptive writing then saysIt s a shame that photography had not yet been invented in the sixteeth century because the solution would have beenasy as pie we would simply have included a few photos from the period The Fiend Next Door especially if taken from a helicopter and readers would then havevery reason to consider themselves amply rewarded and to recognize the xtraordinary informative nature of our nterpriseIs this a swipe at Sebald who according to some Saramago may have been one cheats by using photos It would certainly seem so but this is speculation Unless some lucky scholar hits paydirt I m afraid we ll never know a fall from grace can come very swiftly or as the Romans used to say the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol That idea though not that பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் exactxpression was in my mind from the beginning of The Elephant s JourneyA very likeable character called p ro de alc ova carneiro features impressively in the arly pages of this tale He is secretary of state to the king of Portugal and his thinly veiled ironic responses to the monarch s rather dim uestions cause the reader to worry for his safety we see him being thrown from the nearest high rock if he doesn t soon mend his ways Although p ro is a master of nuance the ual of many a great Shakespearia This is the story of the book Knowing it will not spoil the A Meditation on Murder enjoyment of it one whit if you do choose to read itThe story is based on the Portuguese King Joao III s gift of anlephant to the Archduke Maximillian and the delivery of the gift from Lisbon to Vienna The major characters are the lephant Solomon and his mahour Subhro The story is of the King what happens on the journey to the officers who scort the Travis elephant and at thend of the journey the Archduke Maximillian arrogantly renames the lephant from Solomon to Suleiman and the mahout to an inappropriate FritzThe nd is both picaresue and that of a fairy tale It is two years after the AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 elephant has arrived in Vienna and he has died They have cut him up for souvenirs and umbrella stands and the mahout has been apid off generously by the Archduke The last we see of Subhro he has reclaimed his name is riding off on a mule on a journey he never completes trailing a donkey who bears a wooden box containing all the possessions that mahout possessesA short while later the letter announcing the death of Solomon reaches King Joao III and his wife The king was very sad but the ueen refusing to be read the contents of the letter locked herself in her room and spent the rest of the day in tearsIt is a beguiling book the language is so beautiful it is witty and humouros but it is not a great book just a reallynjoyable one A fine one to finish a year of reading onNotes on reading the book view spoilerSaramago s The Elephant s Journey is a lot readable than Livius Hannibal coming over the Alps A Latin text I never really got to grips with Not that I ve The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? ever got to grips with Saramago s writing styleither it s audio or forget it for meSo far the writing is charmingly amusing sly and pointed and wonderful in it s own right never mind the story which I am also njoying hide spoiler. Inventadas ue nos faz viver simultaneamente na realidade na ficção; um olhar sobre a humanidade The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online em ue a ironia o sarcasmo marcas da lucidez implacável do autor se combinam com a compaixão solidária com ue o autor observa as frauezas humanasEscrita dez anos após a atribuição do Prémio Nobel A Viagem do Elefante mostra nos um Saramago Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet em todo o seusplendor literário.