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El cuento de la isla desconocida/ The Tale of the Unknown Island (Narrativa (Punto de Lectura)) [Paperback]

By Jose Saramago, Pilar Del Rio (Translator) & Manuel Estrada (Illustrator)
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Exquisitely written, this short story is a delicious introduction to Saramago s work. In an imaginary kingdom, a noble and persistent man requests that the king grant him one of his ships to search for an unknown island. If he has his wish fulfilled, the man will sail in search of the unknown island of his dreams. Saramago uses this backdrop for a harsh fable about modern man; he shows us that dreaming is perhaps the real way towards happiness.
Description in Spanish: Un suceso historico, la intencion de un noble portugues de ser autorizado por el rey para utilizar una de sus carabelas en la busqueda de la isla desconocida, le sirve al autor de pretexto para realizar una fabula descarnada del hombre moderno. ...un dulce y sutil cuento sobre el amor y la busqueda de la identidad personal.-The Washington Post Book World Saramago nos muestra que sonar, a veces, es el verdadero camino hacia la felicidad.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   73
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5" Height: 7.5"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 10, 2002
Publisher   Punto de Lectura
ISBN  8466318461  
ISBN13  9788466318464  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! JOSE SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Jose Saramago was born in 1922.

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Reviews - What do customers think about El cuento de la isla desconocida/ The Tale of the Unknown Island (Narrativa (Punto de Lectura))?

Pepe Batres (Chicago)  Jul 31, 2005
A must read for all Saramago and Iberic lit enthusiasts. It took me 1 hour to read it from cover to cover for the first time. I took a lot longer the second time. Saramago packs so much message in such a short tale it's nuts. Definitely two thumbs up.
Muy buen cuento, Algo extraño para ser de Saramago.  Apr 14, 2004
Bueno, Que saramago es un escritor muy especial, Con un ojo bionico que transpasa muchas barreras. No lo he descubierto yo.

Este libro, es un cortito cuento. Muy interesante.
Con moraleja. Aunque no tan clara.

Basicamente, una descripcion de como la gente, sueña con objetivos. Y en cuanto estan encaminados hacia estos. Se asustan. Y buscan diferentes pretextos para escapar.

Un buen cuentito , Recomendado, para todos aquellos que estan en duda si seguir sus sueños del corazon.
O si seguir los del bolsillo, de las comodidades y del confort. (que no te deja pensar.).

Comprenlo, aguante saramago. Un Grande.

Leandro Gonzalez.
Miami , Florida. (pero nacido en argentina).

about Saramago's Una Isla Desconocida  Nov 12, 2003
Besides clearly stating a critique of beaurocracy I think Saramago goes deeper to tell us other things. No man is an island said once John Donne. Is he or is he not? On the one hand man seems complete in itself, he and he alone posseses the mental energy to materialize his own dreams. On the other hand we see that once man has the basic elements to achieve his dream he starts destroying it by creating all sorts of pretexts and obstacles that interfere with its realization. Man asked the King for a ship to go in search of his island, once the King has granted him his wish, man is suddenly seen defeating his own perseverance and ilusion as he expresses doubt and fear of possible disasters that the realization of the dream may bring to him. Then there is the cleaning woman who firmly trespassed "the decision door" of the palace demonstrating her will to change HER reality and it is ultimately this woman who encourages the man to continue in his quest..So, Donne's appreciation stands solidly. Man is THE unknown island, yet in a very short, fast reading book (very unlike Saramago, since his books are usually quite lengthy)we are drawn to realize how very much we still need each other when achieving anything.
Very Clever  Jul 2, 2000
I read this book in it's original language - Portuguese - but I think the messages would be equally clear in any language. It's a very short story, or almost a fable, which very cleverly masks a critique of the way bureaucratic rulers deal with their "subjects". Looks like its for kids on the surface, but it's not!

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