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They were already a couple when they met Father Bartolomeu de Gusmao who in Portugal during his time was the pioneer on “lighter-than-air” airship design. View all 5 comments.

Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

It helped me explore more about Portuguese culture, as well, and intrigued to go even deeper into it. The book at times also felt similar to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose 4 stars minus its philosophical musings. However, when the flow of gold from the Portuguese colony of Brazil started to arrive in Lisbon in abundance, the king changed his plans and announced the construction of a sumptuous palace along with a much enlarged friary.

Still rulers don’t like to give money away, no pension, so the new couple decide to go back to Mafra, Baltasar home town, his good parents and sister live there and greet him with tears in their eyes, after so many long years apart. My 5th Saramago book and I have always been bewildered as ever. Saramago perfectly balanced insatiable hunger for knowledge and questioning the established order of the world with power of love and man’s character to create a powerful and visionary story of the human determination to pursue their dreams, overcome own limitations and rise above dreariness in times when life did not mean too much and people were burning like torches.

Truly one of my most enjoyable reads in a very long time. Also, with his usual ‘non-quotation’ dialogue, it makes it a bit dense and a slow read, but if you like Saramago, you know what to expect.

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Baltasar and Blimunda is a love story so it is a good book for Valentine’s Day. The Moon, from where you came; the Sun, to where you are going. They used kg of gunpowder to blast through the bedrock for the laying of foundations.

To deny the law of gravity, soar where angels tread, look into the face of God? Translated by Giovanni Pontiero. It was worth the many whiles. Perhaps, the longest pages I’ve ever tried abltazar read, but very fulfilling in the end; a 5 star like no other that I’ve rated, ‘Baltasar and Blimunda’ is historical fiction at its base, but a sati 5.

I naltazar the mysticism blended with the vulgar and the realism of Portuguese social life of the late medieval period.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment bwltazar Baltasar and Blimunda revolves around the construction of the monumental monastery in Mafra, an effect of slyness of the Franciscans and vanity of the king of Portugal, Joao V. The basilica was dedicated to Our Lady and to St.

For those new to Saramango, there will be the initial uphill battle of deciphering and decoding sentences four or five pages long, a lack of paragraph indentation and periods, and a plethora of commas separating dialogues, questions, and answers, of one baltazsr various characters— Saramango leaves it up to the reader to identify the speaker.

His language yes in Spanish is some of the best I have read.

I took a long while to finish this book because I have been too busy in the office since one of my subordinates resigned.

The lovers are always at center stage wrapped in Saramago’s language, which ranges from short simple sentences to surrealistic, unpunctuated paragraphs that help to intensify both the action and the setting. As the inquisition blimuda and royalty and religion clash, they pursue his impossible, not to mention heretical, dream of flight.


And with a dash, “How good to have those bliumnda debates on long journey.

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It takes a bit for one to l one’s sea legs in this world. Under Saramago’s acute and often sarcastic eyes I have to admit that I took on a new respect for many of the landmarks that I saw in Europe.

He will not be alive when, and if, the convent is finally completed. Shankar Thanks great review. I also loved the u that the cornerstone of the novel is a love story between two very bkimunda class characters. After traveling to Portugal last year, both books have become even more real after seeing many of the places visited.

However, the portrayal of the royal procession is also a comic masterpiece. This iconoclastic novel, daring in its style and form, full of irony, spares neither the throne nor the altar. Mafra, a small town about 17 miles outside Lisbon, is chosen for the project’s site, at the vlimunda end of the totem pole is an ex, disabled soldier, by the name of Baltasar Mateus, nicknamed “Seven Suns”. Saramago tells us that 40, workers worked night and day so that the Basilica could be finished on D.

Notify me of new comments via email. Memorial del convento I often thought that books can inspire you to travel. Wrapped around this couple are two other stories: Just a moment while we sign you in to boimunda Goodreads account.