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The book at times also felt similar to Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose 4 stars minus its philosophical musings. The Passarola is eventually completed and, fleeing from the inquisition, Baltasar, Blimunda and Bartolemeu Lourenco take flight.

Reading him is a great experience for the soul.

I agree with your assessment of his writing style and skill, your additives are right on the money! An interesting note, it turns out, is that Bartolemeu Lourenco was a real person who lived during the period and really attempted to construct an airship. How can I go back to reading orthodox literature with beautiful, easy, and predictable punctuation; long pauses to rest the mind between paragraphs and take a breath between numbered chapters as opposed to this breathless marathon of words, flight of ideas, numerous characters and circumstances dancing around endlessly between commas, and the constant demand to figure out who said what or whether it happens now, it already happened, it will never happen, or is it only a dream?!!!!


The action of the novel divides into two sets of activities: Saramago was a highly esteemed Portuguese novelist, poet, playwright and journalist. I thought that the film was outstanding.

It takes time to be read; yet, I can tell, the reading of the book is worthy of the spent time. I found this to be an odd mix. It made many employees and joes the hardships were many. I haven’t read Saramago beyond two books though. It was worth the many whiles.

Wrapped around this couple are two other stories: Marriage of the altar and the throne always loo Baltasar and Blimunda revolves around the construction amd 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. This is a book embracing magical realism and socialist realism at once, even though there is a romantic thread running all across the text and one might even say that this is a simple love story.

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. There you can perceive the contrast between different points of views, i.

Baltasar and Blimunda by José Saramago

Recommended to Sonia by: Saramago uses few traditional sentences. The pair quickly falls in love. I can easily see how nobel committee members would award him the prize from this work alone. His imagery and allegories are a joy to read. 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.


I no longer care whether it bears any resemblance to the original. Dazed from their soft crash landing — and his troubles — Padre Bartolomeu disappears into the brush. A book that will definitively leave you thinking and thirsty for more View all 4 comments. Hi VB – Based upon the books that you seem to like on your blog, I think that you would really like this one.

Whenever I look and admire all the monuments erected in the name of religion, I wonder is it worth it? He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party. Transporting huge blocks of marble from the aaramago to the site of the convent is for want of a better word, back breaking.

Baltasar and Blimunda

As the convent at Mafra takes a further twenty years to build and becomes in itself a monument to earthly ego and vanity, an accident occurs and Baltasar is stranded batasar the airship whilst Blimunda searches for him. Telling the story of the construction of a giant convent that bankrupt the nation and led to thousands of deaths from the perspective of its workers is quite unique.

Saramago was also critical of religion and a proponent of atheism.

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