Joost Robben Robben itibaren Chinamamidipalli, Andhra Pradesh 534275, Hindistan
A very difficult book. In his telling of a story in which a plague of blindness descends upon the world, Jose Saramago is unrelenting. He follows the story of the first people to suffer not only unexplainable blindness, but the ensuing consequences as they are quarantined in an asylum. The asylum becomes a microcosm of the world as it falls into anarchy and despair. Unrelenting, unrelenting, unrelenting. It is a remarkable piece of writing. I was left shaken, with more questions than answers. At its root is an invented scenario which, in the hands of a lesser writer, would have come across as a cheap and obvious contrivance. I am still not sure what to make of it. But it was an unusual journey.