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    Summary A Viagem do Elefante [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante Characters ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ José Saramago This is the story of the book Knowing it will not spoil the enjoyment of it one whit if you do choose to read itThe story is based on

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    Summary A Viagem do Elefante [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante a fall from grace can come very swiftly or as the Romans used to say the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol That idea though not that exact expression was in my mind from the beginning of The Elephant's JourneyA very likeable character call

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    [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante Here is a wonderful story especially I think if you have a deep connection to animals It is the story of Solomon the Elephant and his keeper Subhro and their journey as a gift from King Joao III of Portugal to his cousin Archduke Maximillian

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    [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant when he noticed some engravings of an elephant on the walls He enuired about it and was informed about an elephant back in the sixteenth century who had journeyed across the continent an

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    José Saramago ☆ 7 Review Characters ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ José Saramago Summary A Viagem do Elefante Do You Know the Way to Pan José?I'm afraid whatever subtlety and charm this novel supposedly has was lost on meI normally like to read an author's work chronologically rather than jump in at the end and work back

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    Summary A Viagem do Elefante José Saramago ☆ 7 Review [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante Yes this is a book of historical fiction It is based on a true event in history “In 1551 King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present an elephant named Solomon The elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna

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    [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante shortly after he began writing the elephant’s journey in 2007 josé saramago was stricken with pneumonia and would conclude the year hospitalized in lanzarote from complications a mere day after his discharge the followin

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    Summary A Viagem do Elefante José Saramago ☆ 7 Review Characters ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ José Saramago It pains me a bit to give a Saramago book such a low rating but of the seven of his that I've read this was clearly the one I liked the least It's not that I disliked it 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 read I had to knock it down to two as I

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    Characters ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ☆ José Saramago José Saramago ☆ 7 Review [PDF/EBOOK] A Viagem do Elefante 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 I saw him clearly sitting in an old comfortable chair in a dimly lit room talking in a gravelly voice telling the story of Solomon the elephant a wedding gift from a king to an archduke and the long journey that brought him from Portugal through the Alps and finally to Vi

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Summary A Viagem do Elefante

Characters · A Viagem do Elefante ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Elefantin matka on tosipohjainen ja samalla sadunomainen kertomus Salomo elefantin ja sen hoitajan Subhron matkasta Lissabonista Wieniin Portugalin silloisen mahtavan siirtomaavallan kuningas Juhana III oli 1500 luvun puolivälissä tuottanut Intiasta elefantin Lissaboniin Vuonna 1551 hän keksii antaa sen kihlajaislahjaksi vaimonsa serkulle Itävallan arkkiherttua Maksimilianille Ja siitä alkaa Salomon ja Subhron vaellus halki Portugalin ja Espanjan yli L. a fall from grace can come very swiftly or as the Romans used to say the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol That idea though not that exact expression was in my mind from the beginning of The Elephant s JourneyA very likeable character called p ro de alc ova carneiro features impressively in the early pages of this tale He is secretary of state to the king of Portugal and his thinly veiled ironic responses to the monarch s rather dim uestions cause the reader to worry for his safety we see him being thrown from the nearest high rock if he doesn t soon mend his ways Although p ro is a master of nuance the eual of many a great Shakespearian character he doesn t merit a capital letter in this story characters names are rarely written with capitals in Saramago s books Nevertheless the reader begins to hope in the early pages that p ro will play a capital part in the tale But Saramago uickly dampens any such hopes concerning the very patient and clever p ro whom we may not see again although perhaps we will because life laughs at predictions and introduces words where we imagined silences and sudden returns when we thought we would never see each other again With such convoluted phrases does Saramago challenge all of our presumed ideas about narrative and its conventions from the very beginning of this story he takes common notions clich s almost such as the assumption that events may be predicted or predictable and uickly turns them and us inside out and upside down The reader is wrong footed from the start here not knowing who the main character will be in this account of the gifting of an elephant by the king of Portugal Dom Jo o the third to his cousin Maximilian the second of Austria in 1552If p ro can be dropped so easily we wonder what fate awaits subhro the clever mahout who tends the elephant and whom the reader begins to see as the main character if of course the wise elephant called Solomon is not himself the main character soon after the dispensable p ro is left behind by the story in Lisbon along with the king an eually dispensable character it seems for there is a welcome democracy in this tale at least at times 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 Our subhro enjoys his status high above the army of accompanying soldiers like a capital on the top of a column But since he is as clever as p ro he doesn t take his temporary preeminent situation for granted fearing every day and every step of the journey that he will eventually be toppled and end up where he really belongs in the dust or the snow whichever applies One particular slow day on the hazardous journey a daydream temporarily carries subhro far off into the land of heroic deeds where he imagines himself being lauded by the entire Austrian court but soon reality revealed itself to him exactly as it was himself hunched on the elephant s back almost invisible beneath the snow the desolate image of the defeated conueror demonstrating yet again how close the tarpeian rock is to the capitoline hill on the latter they crown you with laurels and from the former they fling you down all glory vanished all honour lost to the place where you will leave your wretched bones So the uneasy feeling the reader experienced at the beginning of this tale is confirmed by Saramago s own words a fall from grace can come swiftly and no one no matter how impregnable their position can be certain of avoiding such a fall Saramago wrote this book uite late in his life and I wondered if he had doubts or regrets about what he had achieved in his writing career or if he worried about the security of his position as the leading Portuguese writer of the twentieth century I didn t wonder for long as he went on to say The skeptics are uite right when they say that the history of humanity is one long succession of missed opportunities Fortunately thanks to the inexhaustible generosity of the imagination we erase faults fill in lacunae as best we can forge passages through blind alleys that will remain stubbornly blind and invent keys to doors that have never had locks Saramago is very good at inventing keys and with them he opens a succession of doors in the narrative I imagine him blithely doing the same throughout his lifeThe uotes I ve included demonstrate many interesting features of Saramago s style but this one in particular his ability to move seamlessly from he to they to you to we and back again And the we is sometimes the narrator and the reader sometimes the narrator and the characters so that we the readers eventually become 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 It must be said that history is always selective and discriminatory too selecting from life only what society deems to be historical and scorning the rest which is precisely where we might find the true explanation of facts of things of wretched reality itself I say to you it is better to be a novelist a fiction writer a liar Perhaps not an outright liar but clever and inventive when it comes to filling in lacunae while describing the beauty of the mountains through which the elephant travels and clearly never having visited the location as any writer worthy of the name would surely do he implies Saramago wriggles neatly out of any precise description words fail me he says instead with his tongue placed firmly in his cheekSo 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 ViennaSaramago delivers the goods to adopt his own clich he plays with clich s when it suits him This book is a feast of verbal treats from the end to the beginning where like Tristram Shandy the 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

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Characters · A Viagem do Elefante ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB O on elefantin hoitaja Subhro Hän on kuin prisma jonka läpi kaikki näkyy toisaalta elefantin tuntemukset ja kokemukset toisaalta tämä mukamas sivistynyt Eurooppa jonka omituisuudet hän ulkopuolisena näkee muita selvemmin Subhron kautta Saramago saa tilaisuuden tehdä herkullista pilaa katolisesta kirkosta kuninkaallisten oikuista ja politiikan kiemuroistaSaramagon elämänmyönteisin leikkimielisin humoristisin ja taianomaisin kirja Los Angeles Times. shortly after he began writing the elephant s journey in 2007 jos saramago was stricken with pneumonia and would conclude the year hospitalized in lanzarote from complications a mere day after his discharge the following january he resumed efforts on the novel completing it in august 2008 hence the book s dedication for pilar who wouldn t let me die a tribute to his wife and translator of his works into spanish saramago would go on to finish another novel cain to be published in english in 2011 before he passed away on the cusp of summer earlier this year at the age of 87 the elephant s journey is saramago s fictionalized account relating the true tale of an elephant given to archduke maximilian as a wedding gift from his uncle king jo o III of portugal and its triumphant voyage upon foot and ship from lisbon to vienna in 1551 how saramago became inspired to tell this particular story is as serendipitous as any of the fantastic plots he is famous for having created following a guest lecture at the university of salzburg saramago s inuisitive nature evident during a chance dinner at an austrian restaurant called the elephant provided enough fodder for his imagination to begin churning he writes certain unknown fates came together that night in the city of mozart in order that this writer would ask what are those carvings over there those carvings illustrated the elephant s remarkable sixteenth century journey across europe and thus with the aid of some research saramago s fifteenth novel was born based in historical fact though it may be the elephant s journey is uintessential saramago storytelling at its finest the book was aptly rendered from the portuguese by margaret jull costa the eighth consecutive novel of his she has translated in addition to her award winning english adaptations of fernando pessoa javier mar as and e a de ueiroz many of the elements that have made his fiction so widely beloved are present and as such both neophyte and devotee will find the book deeply rewarding while the protracted picturesue sentences and lack of traditional punctuation that mark saramago s singular style are of course present notable herein is his decision to forego the capitalization of proper nouns unless they occur at the beginning of a sentence perhaps because he chose to recast historical figures and places beyond the realm of recorded fact solomon the elephant later renamed suleiman is richly conceived as is subhro the elephant s mahout much of the charm of aaramago s characters rests in the lifelike manner in which he portrays them often full of wisdom and hospitality yet just as likely to commit an act of folly or selfishness his narration of their lives often reflects this duality what a strange creature man is so prone to terrible insomnias over mere nothings and yet capable of sleeping like a log on the eve of battle as with every novel saramago often veers briefly from the narrative to muse upon the far reaching ramifications of human nature history culture government and religion strong in his convictions however often mischaracterized by the international press he seldom strays into moralizing but instead offers seemingly simple observations and truisms of everyday life people say a lot of things and not all of them are true but that is what human beings are like they can as easily believe that the hair of an elephant marinated in a little oil can cure baldness as imagine that they carry within them the one solitary light that will lead them along life s paths even through mountain passes one way or another as the wise old hermit of the alps once said we will all have to die the elephant s journey finds saramago at his most playful and lighthearted though self described as a pessimist little trace of his contrarian tendencies is to be found the overarching sense of adventure is what dominates the story and however much hardship was endured whether by sailing to italy or crossing the austrian alps the characters remain mostly good natured aware as they are of both the import and novelty of their attempted feat even the occasional aside directed at the reader remains upbeat and spirited it s hard to understand just why the archduke maximilian should have decided to make such a journey at this time of year but that is how it s set down in history as an incontrovertible documented fact supported by historians and confirmed by the novelist who must be forgiven for taking certain liberties with names not only because it is his right to invent but also because he had to fill in certain gaps so that the sacred coherence of the story was not lost it must be said that history is always selective and discriminatory too selecting from life only what society deems to be historical and scorning the rest which is precisely where we might find the true explanation of facts of things of wretched reality itself in truth i say to you it is better to be a novelist a fiction writer a liar or a mahout despite the hare brained fantasies to which either by birth or profession they seem to be prone after nearly a full calendar year and some 1800 or so miles over land and sea the elephant and his entourage finally arrive in vienna with their destination reached pachyderm procession and reader alike are enjoined in an exultation that from the onset may have seemed somewhat unlikely the elephant s journey is a fantastic story of determination and like so many of his novels succeeds on many a level saramago of all his many gifts for telling a compelling tale ought to be remembered for his grace his inimitable humor and the resplendent humanity he brought to each of his works the portuguese government declared two days of mourning upon his death in june and some 20000 people attended his funeral while a controversial figure to many he left behind an acclaimed and accomplished body of work including nearly two dozen works of poetry drama short stories essays journalism diaries a libretto and a children s book all of which have yet to be translated into english jos saramago was long an important and respected figure in international letters and with his death the world has lost a literary great the epigraph for the elephant s journey could not be any succinctly or aptly put in the end we always arrive at the place where we are expected the sceptics are uite right when they say that the history of humanity is one long succession of missed opportunities fortunately thanks to the inexhaustible generosity of the imagination we erase faults fill in lacunae as best we can forge passages through blind alleys that will remain stubbornly blind and invent keys to doors that have never even had locks

José Saramago ☆ 7 Review

Characters · A Viagem do Elefante ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB Igurianmeren poikki Lombardian yli lumisten Alppien ja pitkin Inniä ja TonavaaKuninkaallista lahjaa on saatettava asiaankuuluvan juhlallisesti alkutaipaleella mukana on portugalilainen ratsuväenosasto loppumatkasta itävaltalaiset kyrassieerit välkkyvine rintapanssareineen Ja elefantti saa tietenkin osakseen huomiota kaikkialla missä se kulkee enimmäkseen ihmetystä ihastusta ja auttamisen halua mutta joskus myös taikauskoista pelkoaTarinan keskushahm. Do You Know the Way to Pan Jos I m afraid whatever subtlety and charm this novel supposedly has was lost on meI normally like to read an author s work chronologically rather than jump in at the end and work backwards or around I broke my rule in this case and now I m left wondering why Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize Is this his last novel before he died in 2010 another case of the Nobel Curse where you never write another decent work after you get the big one Help me decide which of his novels to read next PleaseThis novel was relentlessly linear There was no narrative arc that I could detect unless you count the climb upwards through the AlpsThere were rarely two paragraphs on the same page The longest I recorded before I stopped counting was 12 pages Yet there was no apparent need for this longevity Sentences were just added together with no cumulative effect dynamism or creative tensionSaramago was perfectly competent at establishing the feel of 1551 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 in 1546 film cameras and the third way between capitalism and communism without any apparent purpose or effect other than to alienate me the reader There were two or three occasions on which I grinned at some aside but little of what I had expected from the blurb trumpeting its extremely funny and witty reflections For all my sifting I ended up with too little gold in my panNor was there any character development that I could tell I loved the elephant but even for him it was no hero s journey though thankfully the denouement wasn t like slaughter for elephants He seemed to be as bored as me No wonder like Jos himself he died two years after the narrative ended I hope I m spared his fateSOUNDTRACKA Tribute to Jos Saramagohttpswwwyoutubecomwatchv6zaHjMiguel Gon alves Mendes Jos e PilarI have ideas for books but she has ideas for life I don t know which is importantDionne Warwick Do You Know the Way to Pan Jos is a great big freewayPut a hundred down on a pachydermTurn your back on your accounting firmAnd you might find yourself on the wayTo Vienna by barge from InnsbruckHey It s not my trip it s in the bookDo you know the wayrepeat Thanks to Steve for the inspiration This review is dedicated to my school friend Chrispy Chorizo

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  • A Viagem do Elefante
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  • 04 September 2018
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