and authorial asides directed squarely at the reader. That means no hyphens, no semicolons and no"tion marks, either. The breakdown of order, the process of the progression of the blindness the inevitability of it is the main thrust of the novel, with the characters doing what they must to survive. So does the samaritan. Saramago uses only commas and periods to punctuate his sentences. You never quite feel you can see what's going on, you feel that your viewpoint is constrained in fact, you feel partially blind. Reminiscent of John Wyndham, in fact: total breakdown of society in the face of inexorable disaster. Inside, replay in Baseball? the criminal element among the blind hold the rest captive: food rations are stolen, women are raped. The following morning, the doctor goes blind.
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A parable of loss and disorientation, of man's worst appetities and hopeless weaknesses, is one of the most challenging, thought-provoking, and ultimately exhilarating novels published in any language in recent years. That afternoon, the wife goes blind. The developments within this oddly anonymous group - the first blind man, the old man with the black eye patch, the girl with dark glasses, the boy with no mother, and the dog of tears - are as uncanny as the surrounding chaos is harrowing. I first saw Blindness mentioned a couple of years ago, in one of Robert Silverberg's columns for Asimov's. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven strangers through the barren streets. I meant to get hold of a copy Nobel Prize-winning speculative fiction seeming too good a chance to pass up but somehow forgot and it was only when a customer came in before christmas to request a copy that I remembered ere's something more, though.