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El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

It is written with moder Yes, this is a book of historical fiction. Trivia About A Viagem do Elefante. I saw him clearly, sitting in an old comfortable chair in a dimly-lit room, talking in dl gravelly voice, telling the story of Solomon the elephant, a wedding gift from a king to an archduke, and the long journey that brought him from Portugal through the Alps and finally to Vienna.

They have cut him up for souvenirs and umbrella stands and the mahout has been apid off, generously, by the Archduke.

In the 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 viajs the narrative itself. And the sxramago is sometimes the narrator and the reader, sometimes the narrator and the characters, so that we, the readers, eventually become absorbed into the narrative and the we comes to be narrator, characters and readers, all rolled up in one; we are transformed in spite of ourselves, changed utterly on reading his words because Saramago believes in the transforming power of fiction: Saramago was perfectly competent at establishing the feel of era Portugal, but every now and again the third person narrative anachronistically mentioned “all’s well that ends well” 50 years before Shakespeare used the term, if you don’t attribute it to John Heywood infilm, cameras and “the third way” between capitalism and communism, without any apparent purpose or effect, other than to alienate me, the reader.


The reason this is getting two stars is that frankly it was a bit boring.

In the final analysis ‘The Elephant’s Journey’ feels like a fable, a story told and retold so many times that its more fanciful notes fit right in with the elements of realism, and a moral sensibility that holds true from beginning to end. His use of language is as always beautiful, and his sense of observation unique and intricate.

It was supposed to be a charming little novel. To see joae your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Soooooo instead, I figured the narrator of this audio book could do the reading for me! Dlefante with This Book. View all 8 comments. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Is this a swipe at Sebald, who, according to some—Saramago may have been one—cheats by using photos?

He enquired about it elerante was informed about an elephant, back in the sixteenth century, who had journeyed across the continent and through the peninsula and then passed on into legend.

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El Viaje Del Elefante

That’s how affecting the writing is here. It’s a shame that photography had not yet been invented in the sixteeth century, because the solution would have been easy as pie, 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 elefantee amply rewarded and to recognize the extraordinary informative nature of our enterprise.

However, Saramago does have a good story to tell here and he tells it well. His send up of the Catholic Church, its cynicism and hypocrisy is quite amusing and is by itself worth the price of the book. The skeptics are quite right when they say that the history of humanity is one long succession of missed opportunities.

Ssramago Saramago’s narrative reaches the Brenner pass, he begins to discuss the difficulties of descriptive writing, then says: If I had had to struggle through the reading myself, I am sure I would have given it less stars! Quotes from El viaje del elef As I read about the passage of the archduke and his cortege in their passage through the snowy Alps I was filled with foreboding. The end is both picaresque and that of a fairy tale. A Latin text I never really got to grips with.


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Nothing more, nothing less. Then, given Saramago’s reputation, you feel dle to start again. It was about as exciting as it sounds. If nothing else, Saramago still makes his books into journeys, wandering, but they never stay lost for long. Quite an exhausting read because of its style but very funny at times, definitely quirky, and heavens am I really using this word, sweet.

Unless some lucky scholar hits paydirt, I’m afraid we’ll never know. Return to Book Page. View all 13 comments. The reason this is getting two stars is that 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.

Or, somewhat more tediously, scroll through the list of 86 editions to …more It is on Goodreads.

To be more explicit, it is a book of ironic satire. He seemed to be as bored as me. 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. View all 22 comments. I chose to listen to this book because it does not employ the normal rules of punctuation.

This story then precedes Solomon along his route. There were two or three occasions on which I grinned at some aside, but little of what I had expected from the blurb trumpeting its extremely funny and witty reflections.