Two Visions of Blindness by Jose Saramago

This week Sandy Nawrot of You’ve GOTTA Read This announced her retirement from book blogging to pursue other  interests.  Sandy found my blog back when she first started, said hello and then found herself involved in a bunch of crazy little projects.  So to celebrate her retirement, I thought I’d run one of our collaborations, this one done for Book Blogger Appreciation Week back in … Continue reading Two Visions of Blindness by Jose Saramago

The Alienist by Machado de Assis

Machado de Assis’s 1882 novella, The Alienist, is very funny in the same way that Nikolai Gogol’s novel Dead Souls is funny.  Neither book contains outright jokes, per se, but each satirizes society in such a fashion the the reader ends up laughing at the overall situation. I might argue that they are funnier in telling someone about them than they are in reading them, but both are … Continue reading The Alienist by Machado de Assis