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I should preface this review with a disclaimer that I both love Jose Saramago and magical realism Adore both, actually Do not judge my nerdiness I will loudly and proudly shout to the line behind me at the book store that I cannot wait to read about a magical mountain range And when the manager has to come over and escort me to the door with my purchases, I ll shout even louder about how much I admire the tale of an old village woman who lived to be 250 And when the manager tells me I cannot come back, well then I ll probably just go to my car, because what a jerk.Like all of Saramago s books, this one starts with a puzzling anomaly in the normal, regimented, and dull life of an unassuming nobody living in a large, identity robbing city Then the next two thirds of the book provide extremely detailed subtleties into the nature and personality of the protagonist and his environment This section is so beautifully written, but it almost seems like he loses the story Until bango The last, gripping 75 pages or so where the entire plot erupts into action sequences and discoveries What is so brilliant about Saramago is he does not spell anything out directly You need to really absorb the first sections of the book to figure out the full meaning and unravel the plot.In this book, not only was the ending fast paced, it was also murderous and malicious and filled with grief and sex More explicit than I anticipated and keeping me up late at night with my lamp burning Loved it And the translator must be a genius with words because translating a book where you have to dig up persipacity is cuckoo bananas I highly recommend The Double if you like Saramago If you generally don t care for his stuff, then no way will you like this one At least that s my prediction because it s 100% his style the whole way through. Tertuliano Maximo Afonso Is A History Teacher In A Secondary School He Is Divorced, Involved In A Rather One Sided Relationship With A Bank Clerk, And He Is Depressed To Lift His Depression, A Colleague Suggests He Rent A Certain Video Tertuliano Watches The Film And Is Unimpressed During The Night, Noises In His Apartment Wake Him He Goes Into The Living Room To Find That The VCR Is Replaying The Video, And As He Watches In Astonishment, He Sees An Actor Who Looks Exactly Like Him Or, Specifically, Exactly Like The Man He Was Five Years Before, Moustachioed And Fuller In The Face He Sleeps BadlyAgainst His Own Better Judgement, Tertuliano Decides To Pursue His Double As He Establishes The Man S Identity, What Begins As A Whimsical Story Becomes A Dark Meditation On Identity And, Perhaps, On The Crass Assumptions Behind Cloning That We Are Merely Our Outward Appearance Rather Than The Sum Of Our Experiences Infuriating Incredibly hard to read This was a self inflicted punishment by an insipid reader trying to introduce himself to a compulsively revolting writer Saramago, who is, like his name suggests, a mago , or wizard, pretty much singlehandly diminishes the joy that reading brings, making it all one self assured, self serving CHORE.Man, I hated this book The story could be a novella, would be an amazing and silly and cool one at that, but in novel form, well all Saramago does is throw words strips and strings of consciousness all very art noveau But is this a contribution to our literary canon It is a step backwardThe protagonist is boring, has a boring life, has boring things happen to him The plot is intriguing to just say something nice about it this man finds his double The double, a figure just as unlikable as its model, then tries to live the protagonist s life It ends at a terrible point the dark ambiguity wins Yipee See, am an expert at finding the silver lining.I recommend this solely to my enemies It s that lame. Simdi bu kitapta benim icin 5 yildizin yetmedigi kitaplardan biri oldu Bir kere Saramago yu artik tanidim Bazi kitaplari var ki hikaye on planda, K rluk gibi Her ne kadar bir Tuna Kiremtci olmasada vasatin ustu bir edebiyatla mesaj kaygisi gutmeden sadece hikayeyi anlatip gectigi kitaplar var Her kitap insana birseyler katar ancak bu gibi kitaplar ancak tamamini okuyup bitirince bir anlam kazaniyor.Bir de klasik Saramago diyebilecegimiz, ona zg , bir sayfa bile degil bir paragraf okusak hemen bu Saramago diyebilecegimiz kitaplari var Paragraflar zaten 5 6 sayfa suruyor Her satiri insana birseyler katabilecek kadar degerli, karamizah dolu, elle tutulup isirilabilecek yogunlukta bir edebiyat ve olaylara inanilmaz farkli bakis acilariIste bu klasik Saramago Bu kitapta da hikaye oldukca muhim ve enteresan elbette ancak bana kalirsa uslup ve o buram buram karamizah hikayenin cok cok onunde Hani hic sevmem boyle soylemeyi ama anlatilmaz okunur diyeyim Zira daha basit nasil tarif edebilirim Saramago yu bilemiyorum Hikaye ise su bir adam var adi Tertuliano Maximo Afonso Bu ismi bu uzun haliyle bin defa tekrarlamis yazar Hic Maximo diyip gecmemis mesela Kitaptaki tum karakterler icin boyle bu durum isimler hep uzun uzun Bir gun matematik ogretmeni adini hic ogrenemiyoruz meslektasinin kendiside tarih ogretmeni tavsiyesiyle kotu bir film izliyor ve hayati degisiyor Filmde bir figuranin tipatip kendisi oldugunu farkediyor Ve kafayi bu adama takiyor Oynadigi butun filmleri izliyor, film sirketinden turlu numaralarla adini adresini ogreniyor Ve en sonunda bu ikizden bile ote kopyasiyla tanisiyor Ve cok garip ve tahmin edilemez bir finalle kitap bitiyor Kitabin icerigi ise hayattan gozlemlerle dolu Hergun karsilastigimiz insanlarla bu kitapta tekrar karsilasiyoruz Ancak bu sefer Saramago nun gozlukleri var gozumuzde Tertuliano Maximo Afonso, annesi, kiz arkadasi, is arkadaslari, yoneticileri, mahalledeki dvd film kiralayabildiginiz dukkandaki kasiyer adam ve ona yardim eden kiz, film sirketindeki kadin Saramago was a unique literary magician, and this is one of his most hauntingly memorable books This one is a real slow burner, which demands great patience of its reader, but like so many of Saramago s books it is full of dry humour The first part of the book might even be described as dull, as the long and apparently rambling sentences, conversations without quotes, and occasional asides from his omniscient narrator set up a picture of an unsympathetic and drab antihero, a depressed history teacher who watches a video recommended by a colleague and sees a bit part actor who is his exact likeness As in his modern parables Blindness, Seeing and Death at Intervals, Saramago takes an implausible scenario and slowly and inexorably explores the consequences this one is apersonal story.The last 100 pages or so are absolutely gripping and the denouement is very clever many readers may not get that far, but those who do may find the book unforgettable. . .. review in English below Depois de ter visto o filme baseado neste livro Enemy, realizado por Denis Villeneuve e protagonizado por Jake Gyllenhaal , tinha mesmo de o ler, at porque a hist ria n o me parecia nada saramaguiana.A verdade que o filme bastante fiel ao livro com algumas adapta es actualidade, como o uso da internet , embora inclua alguns elementos n o presentes neste a quest o das aranhas, relacionada com o papel das mulheres O final do filme deixado mais em aberto do que o do livro e deu azo a interpreta es mais psicol gicas e filos ficas, como o facto de view spoiler os dois homens serem afinal a mesma pessoa hide spoiler The thought of having a doppelg nger freaks me out, if I had one, I would rather not know Even somebody bearing a strong resemblance to one s self is weird enough, but an actual replica with the same moles, the same scars, and the same voice No thanks I am me, and I want to keep it that way If only History professor Tertuliano M ximo Afonso returned the video tape to the shop and forgot all about what he witnessed on screen But he couldn t, a curiosity built up inside him Just who is that man who looks like my identical twin I want to know who he is I must find him.Made in our own image, the double can incarnate our evil deeds, or kindly take our place in order to perform a seemingly impossible task, it is one of the most complex and richly told fables Jos Saramago is clearly influenced by the old tales Whether a different version of Christ s Passion, or an account of the universal scourge of being sightless, Saramago has found in these primordial narratives fodder for his own fictional world One I would say he excels at The main character, Tertuliano, becomes obsessed with the idea of meeting the person he takes to be his double, a bit part actor called Antonio Claro After obsessively viewing dozens of other movies by the same production company, he gets results by discovering his name And ponders on his next move This would lead to a chain of events that not only desn t go according to plan, but opens up a whole other set of possibilities that spells danger for the people he most cares about, including his girlfriend, Maria da Paz.I loved Saramago s story, the way it delved deep into my consciousness, resulting in a finale that sat well with me What I didn t particularly like was Tertuliano himself, a guy who meandered through life feeling like someone owed him a favour He believes he is depressed No He wants to be depressed Why A nice girl who is far too good for him, a decent well payed job Put the violin away To me he just appeared to be a bit of a drip The long continuous sentences and detailed faintly comic descriptions of Tertuliano s comings and goings started to annoy me after a while, Saramago may be a Nobel laureate who feels obliged to write like a Prose experimentalist filling the pages with hardly any paragraph breaks, but for hapless reader it s a bit like Marmite Thankfully, from my own perspective this is something that wasn t new, as there was so much still to look forward to later in the novel, his writing style eventually didn t bother me And after the point of no return, when the Identicals finally meet, I loved every minute right through to it s conclusion, it just took a while to get off the ground There s nothing particularly new in positing a logical world and then introducing an absurd element which leads to an unravelling of identity It s true that he takes the story in some unexpected directions, but that s to be expected, it keeps you on your toes His history teacher becomesdecisive,alert to the world around him,committed to his life in the shadow of his doppelg nger His depression is a thing of the past He simply hasn t the mind any to wallow in pity knowing he s out there The actor Antonio Claro starts off as the innocent party only to growinto a menace the longer the story progresses I had absolutely no idea what was likely to happen from one moment to the next Isn t that such a wondrous feeling to possess whilst reading a novel One of the other pleasures of the book is the way Saramago faithfully follows the relentless logic of the situation he has devised When the two men meet, it is at once apparent that they are indeed doubles Down to the moles on their forearms and the date of their birth Immediately, existential questions are raised Which of them, Tertuliano worriedly wonders, is the original and which the duplicate No answers there When it turns out that Claro was born a half hour before Tertuliano, it somehow becomes inevitable that one of them will have to be destroyed Having been born on the same day, they both want to know, of course, if they are destined also to die on the same day.The novel isn t without it s issues, Saramago probably showing off a bit as he doesn t bother with quotation marks to denote when people are speaking, and he doesn t break up conversations aside from inserting commas in between each person s statements but this aside I found much to enjoy.He certainly wasn t a writer shy of confidence within himself, and he maybe one of the masters of the Long Sentence to the annoyance of some, but from a psychological and moral standpoint he simply sucked me in. Quantum Physics of IdentityOnly a common sense with the imagination of a poet could have invented the wheelNot a bad self referential summary of Saramago s The Double This book is common sense and imagination applied to human identity and the result is a literary wheel turning round and round in the minds of two apparently identical individuals Is one merely a copy of the other Are their fates entangled like quantum particles Do they become parts of the other simply by knowing of the other s existence How random is life anyway Once again Saramago creates a situation in which to explore the oddness of being alive and knowing it.