Item description for Todos Los Nombres by Pilar del Rio Jose Saramago...
Don Jose is a lonely, humble, and insignificant government worker at the office of vital statistics. As an innocent pastime, he starts collecting news about the rich and famous. When he notices gaps and contradictions in the lives of these public figures, he decides to fix them by registering fantasy events in the record books.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.45" Width: 5.13" Height: 0.73" Weight: 0.82 lbs.
Publisher Alfaguara, S.A., Madrid
ISBN 8420430714 ISBN13 9788420430713
Reviews - What do customers think about Todos Los Nombres?
Una gran novela psicol�gica Jul 23, 2004
?Ser? la obsesiva dedicaci?n met?dica de los cient?ficos y artistas ?quienes al fin y al cabo no son m?s que coleccionistas de conocimiento y manifestaciones humanas? una completa p?rdida de tiempo?... recomiendo leer este libro para encontrar respuesta a esta pregunta.
Jose Saramago is one the most important writers in the 20th Century. His 'Memorial do convento', 'O ano da morte de Ricardo Reis', 'O evanghelo segundo Jesus Cristo', and 'Ensaio sobre a cegueira' are true literature classics, both in depth and form. Those novels were almost all-embracing, covering an incredible diversity of subjects in the space of 300-400 pages. Now, with 'Todos os nomes', Saramago probes deeper into one of those subjects that are so dear to him: how to defeat death. Probably because of this, 'Todos os nomes' has a simple plot, but is highly philosophical and symbolic.
Saramago's theme in 'Todos os nomes' is best stated as a question: When do people truly die? Saramago seems to be saying that, in the world of the living, the dead must also have a place, and it is our duty to remember them. Therein also lies our dignity. In this enterprise, ironically, individual names don't matter; they are all, in the final analysis, the same because everybody (the famous and the not-so-famous) is equal in death.
Even though I enjoyed 'Todos os nomes', I found some sections verbose and trivial because too much time is spent in relating things that don't add much to the main theme. In those cases, it seemed as if Saramago didn't have a clear idea of where he was heading to in the narrative. But the main character of 'Todos os nomes', Sr. Jose (incidentally, the only character that has a name in the novel), is truly engaging, probably because in his obsessive nature he has an intense internal life that reminds us so much of ourselves.
Perhaps 'Todos os nomes' is not one of Saramago's best novels. It is, however, one that deserves attention, particularly from those interested in Saramago's worldview.
One exhausts superlatives Dec 28, 1999
This is one of the most engrossing, absorbing and challenging books I have read this year. The deceptive simplicity of the plot, which I do not wish to give away, is belied by the fabulous richness and complexity of the language Saramago uses. It deals with such diverse themes as loneliness, obsession, self-doubt, personal development and fruition with a mastery I have rarely seen equalled. An excellent book, and a deserving Nobel-Prize winner.
Mas alla de un acercamiento May 7, 1999
El autor en este libro, a través de su estilo, lleva al lector a explorar el mundo de la duda dentro de un contexto social en el que los actos se encuentran ¨predeterminados¨. El ir y venir del personaje y del lector hacen de esta obra todo un deleite espiritual.
Excelente Tecnica Descriptiva con Habilidad y Vocabulario Mar 16, 1999
Jose Saramago da sin duda alguna una muestra de su habilidad descriptiva a la misma vez que nos presenta un vocabulario extenso y bien planteado. Es especial la forma en que cambia de tercera persona a primera persona y viceversa, dandole un toque genial a su redaccion.