José Saramago narra el insólito viaje del elefante Salomón a través de la Europa del siglo XVI. Una aventura épica llena de humanidad, humor y sabiduría. El viaje del elefante (Spanish Edition) [José Saramago] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A mediados del siglo XVI el rey Juan III ofrece a. Buy El Viaje Del Elefante by Jose Saramago from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic fiction.

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That is what I think. 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. Want to Read saving…. E,efante skeptics are quite right when they say that the history of humanity is one long succession of missed opportunities.

This novel was relentlessly linear. View all 8 comments.

View all 7 comments. Even though he has at least one more book to offer elefange after this one, there was a passage near the end of The Elephant’s Journey that seemed sarsmago fitting to me.

That’s how affecting the writing is here. If nothing else, Saramago still makes his books into journeys, wandering, but they never stay lost for long. The longest I recorded before I stopped counting was 12 pages. Saramago uses a run on sentence style, stringing long passages together with commas, and disdaining standard capitalization. His use of language is as always beautiful, and his sense of observation unique and intricate.

Even joes I enjoyed it overall, I did find myself occasionally wishing he would get back to the point again, much like a grandson may feel about his overly verbose grandfather. 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.


View all 11 comments. I broke my rule in this case, and now I’m left wondering why Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize View all 22 comments. They have cut him up for souvenirs and umbrella stands and the mahout has been apid off, generously, by the Archduke.

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. Written shortly before he died, one is left with the feeling that Saramago’s amazing writing talents were starting to fade. Want to Read Currently Reading Read.

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

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

El Viaje Del Elefante

To be more explicit, it is a book of ironic satire. Saramago was both a Communist and a famous atheist. It is two years after the elephant has arrived in Vienna and he has died.

Viwje instead, I figured the narrator of this audio book could do the reading for me!

El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

He enquired about it and was informed about an elephant, back in the sixteenth century, who had journeyed across the continent and through the peninsula and then passed on into legend. Quite an exhausting read because of its style but very funny at times, definitely quirky, and heavens am I really using this word, sweet. A fine one to finish a year of dle on. For this reason, The Elephant’s Journey is probably not for everyone. Return to Book Page.

Notes on reading the book. Knowing it will not spoil the enjoyment of it one whit, if you do choose to read it. So far, the writing is charmingly amusing, sly and pointed and wonderful in it’s own right, never mind the story which Visje am also enjoying. For all my sifting, I ended up with too little gold in my pan. It’s not that I disliked it. I still look forward to working my way through the rest of his bibliography. It is worth paying a bit more for the audio version than struggling through the written, never ending sentences.


Nothing more, nothing less.

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.

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Saramago’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. His works, some of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story. Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant, when he noticed some engravings of an elephant on the walls. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.