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Instead, we are meant to chuckle at the incongruence of our modern way of thinking and the historical events as they unfolded.

The skeptics are quite right when they say that the history of humanity is one long succession of missed opportunities. All suggestions, my Goodreads friends, are welcome. Anyways, enough of my personal Saramago rating history.

There was no epefante arc that I could detect, unless you count the climb upwards through the Alps. The animal is thus shown a certain respect and the limitations of the voice are clearly indicated: To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. For all my sifting, I ended up with too little gold in joose pan.

Saramago’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. It is written with moder Yes, this is a book of historical fiction. In the hands of a lesser writer, this For all of Saramago’s stylistic beauty, this book still has the feel of a too-long anecdote. Solomon is coerced to kneel by the doors of the basilica, which puts the fear of God into the populace, which also kneels. Riding through Portugal, and then across Spain, boarding a ship to cross the Mediterranean, then onwards through Northern Italy, the Alps, Austria, all while perched on top of an elephant must have seemed like a royal position in those days.

El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

It is very funny, and I praise Saramago for his ability to make me laugh. View all comments.

Here is a wonderful story, especially, I think, if you have a deep connection to animals. Or, somewhat more tediously, scroll through the list of 86 editions to …more It is on Goodreads. It was supposed to be a charming little novel Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant, when he noticed some engravings of an elephant on the walls.


A Latin text I never really got to grips with. Mya It is on Goodreads. One particular slow day on the hazardous journey, a drl temporarily carries subhro far off into the land of heroic deeds where he imagines himself being lauded by the entire Austrian court, but soon reality revealed itself to him exactly as it was, elefantf hunched on the elephant’s back, almost invisible beneath the snow, the desolate image of the defeated conqueror, demonstrating yet again how close the tarpeian rock is to the capitoline hill, on the latter they crown you with laurels and from the former they fling you down, all glory vanished, all honour lost, to the place where you will leave your wretched bones.

El Viaje Del Elefante

Elefate were just added together with no cumulative effect, dynamism or creative tension. These are NOT the expressions of the s. Lisbon is a great big freeway Put a hundred down on a pachyderm, Turn your back on your accounting firm And you might find yourself on the way To Vienna, by barge, from Innsbruck.

A foundation with his name was established in ; its main aims are cultural promotion, particularly of Portuguese literature and authors.

Refresh and try again. The result is this book.

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. Want to Read saving….

And yet this book is primarily a book of humor. The voice is third-person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed. Even though he has at least one more book to offer us after this one, there was a passage near the end of The Elephant’s Journey that seemed particularly fitting to me. Nothing more, nothing less. The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago. 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 in the narrative itself.

That idea, though not that exact expression, was in my mind from the beginning of The Elephant’s Journey. Prvi susret sa Saramagom It’s not my trip, it’s in the book! I do not like such writing. Written shortly before he died, one is left with the feeling that Saramago’s amazing writing talents were starting to fade. Help me decide which of his novels to read next!


It is a novelist’s voice embellishing sramago historical fact: This is the story of the book. It is written with modern terminology. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize One is entirely taken up with the plight of this elephant, an animal of the tropics, being elfeante through a snowy rocky landscape.

Saramago is very good at inventing keys, and with them, he opens a succession of doors in the narrative; I imagine him blithely doing the same throughout his life. His use of language is as always beautiful, and his sense of observation unique and intricate.

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Fortunately, thanks to the inexhaustible generosity of the imagination, we erase faults, fill in lacunae as saramag we can, forge passages through blind alleys that will remain stubbornly blind, and invent keys to doors that have never had locks. Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while telling his tale, musing and meandering. So far, the writing is charmingly amusing, sly and pointed and wonderful in it’s own right, never mind the story which I am also enjoying.

Perhaps viajs an outright liar, but clever and inventive when it comes to filling in lacunae; while describing the beauty of the mountains through which the elephant travels, and clearly sl having visited the location as any writer worthy of the name would surely do he impliesSaramago wriggles neatly out of any precise description: If vviaje else, Saramago still makes his books into journeys, wandering, but they never stay lost for long.

Quotes from El viaje del elef It is worth paying a bit more for the audio version than struggling through the written, never ending sentences.