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I loved the elephant, but even for him, it was no hero’s journey though thankfully the denouement wasn’t like slaughter for elephants. Even though he has at least one more book to offer ciaje after this one, there was a passage near the end of The Elephant’s Journey that seemed particularly fitting to me. If I thought they were all like this, I wouldn’t read any more but they can’t possibly be so I’ll give him another chance.

I read the English translation This book is a feast of verbal treats from sarajago end to the beginning where, like The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemanthe narrative opens with a conversation in a marital bed, a conversation in which a monarch worries that a fall from grace can come very swiftly Lists with This Book. Here is a wonderful story, especially, I think, if you have a deep connection to animals. I chose to listen to this book because it does not employ the normal rules of punctuation.

Solomon is coerced to kneel by the doors of the saramaho, which puts saramagoo fear of God into the populace, which also kneels.

We do not know what he [Solomon] is thinking, but, in the midst of these Alps, we can be sure of one thing, he is not a happy elephant. So, if he is championing the fictional account of this factual journey over the historical one, he does it with an entire army of nods and winks: So far, fritz as subhro is called by the Austrians has been a vital character at every turn, be it dramatic or comic, even at the risk of cutting a ridiculous figure whenever a pinch of the ludicrous was felt to be necessary or merely tactically advisable for the narrative, putting up with humiliations without a word of protest or a flicker of emotion, careful not to let it be known that without him, there would be no one to deliver the goods, or in this case, to take the elephant to Vienna.


In the hands of a lesser writer, this story would either have stagnated or, worse, it would have been utterly mangled by an editor.

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.

I say to you, it is better to be a novelist, a fiction writer, a liar.

Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. The elephant’s journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people. 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.

I hope I’m spared his fate. Especially amusing is the “miracle” cynically wrought in Padua by an ecclesiastic of that city.

El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

He enquired about it and was informed about viqje elephant, back in the sixteenth century, who had journeyed across the continent and through the peninsula nose then passed on into legend. The king was very sad but the queen refusing to be read the contents of the letter locked herself in her room and spent the rest of the day in tears. The voice is third-person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed. As I read about the passage of the archduke and his cortege in their passage through the snowy Alps I was filled with foreboding.

I do not like such writing. Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while telling his tale, musing and meandering.

It is worth paying a bit more for the audio version than struggling through the written, never ending sentences. For this reason, The Elephant’s Journey is probably not for everyone.

Saramago uses a run on sentence style, stringing long passages together with commas, and disdaining standard capitalization. Nor was there any character development that I could tell. It is two years after the elephant has arrived in Vienna and he has died. In fact, I was going to go for the third star but when I looked at what rating I had given the other six Saramago books I’ve readI had to knock it down to two, as I definitely liked The Cave better and that only got three.


Our subhro enjoys his status, high above the army of accompanying soldiers like a capital on the top of a column. She has earned her money.

El Viaje Del Elefante

Soooooo instead, I figured the narrator of this audio book could do the reading for me! For all my sifting, I ended up with too little gold elfante my pan.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. And the we is sometimes the narrator and the reader, sometimes the narrator and the characters, so that we, the readers, eventually josd 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’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public.

Notes on reading the book. In the hands of a lesser writer, saranago For all of Saramago’s stylistic beauty, this book still has the feel of a too-long anecdote. In the final analysis ‘The Elephant’s Journey’ feels like a fable, a story viaue 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.

The Elephant’s Journey doesn’t make me look any less fondly on Jose Saramago, it is simply his book I have liked the least. Eledante to Read saving…. Do you want a sophisticated chuckle? There dlefante no narrative arc that I could detect, unless you count the climb upwards through the Alps. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in That’s how affecting the writing is here.

Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while tell I had the strangest feeling while reading The Elephant’s Journey – I felt like a child, being told a story by an old and indulgent grandparent. Hose is very funny, and I praise Saramago for his ability to make me laugh. View all 3 comments. It was supposed to be a charming little novel. View all 8 comments.