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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I broke my rule in this case, and now I’m left wondering why Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize. 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. 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 conqueror, 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.

It’s not that I disliked it. It is written with moder Yes, this is a book of historical fiction. 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.

The voice is third-person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed.

Return to Book Page. The longest I recorded before I stopped counting was 12 pages. Written shortly before he died, one is left with the feeling that Saramago’s amazing writing talents were starting to fade.


El Viaje Del Elefante

Saramago felt there was material for a story there and set out to investigate a bit about the historical details of this long journey. View all 3 comments. As I read about the passage of the archduke and his cortege in their passage through the snowy Alps I was filled with foreboding.

It is two years after the elephant has arrived in Vienna and he has died. When Saramago’s narrative reaches the Brenner pass, he begins to discuss the difficulties of descriptive writing, then says: However, Saramago does have a good story to tell here and he tells it well. Estamos regidos por D. This has the clever effect of slowing the reader down, almost as a caesura in verse, making one concentrate more intently on how the language is deployed. 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.

The reason this is getting two stars is that 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. Do you know the way He seemed to be as bored as me. For this reason, The Elephant’s Journey is probably not for everyone.

They are not meant to be. I say to you, it is better to be a novelist, a fiction writer, a liar. Paragraphs and rules of punctuation help a reader understand what is being said. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

The story is of the King, what happens on the journey to the officers who escort the elephant and at the end of the journey, the Archduke.

Our subhro enjoys his status, high above the army of accompanying soldiers like a capital on the top of a column. To be more explicit, it is a book of ironic satire. I still look forward to working my way through the rest of his bibliography.


They have cut him up for souvenirs and umbrella stands and the mahout has been apid dle, generously, by the Archduke. This book is a feast of verbal treats from the end to the beginning where, like The Hose and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentlemanthe 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 Instead, I was surprised to find a joyous and lighthearted tale of adventure filled with humor.

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So far, the writing is charmingly amusing, sly and pointed and wonderful in it’s own right, never mind the story which I am also enjoying.

View all 22 comments. See 1 question about El Viaje Del Elefante…. This is the story of the book. 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. There were rarely two paragraphs on the same page. Saramago was both a Communist and a famous atheist.

El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Oxford-Weidenfeld Translation Prize To ask other readers questions about El Viaje Del Elefanteplease sign up. It was supposed to be a charming little novel Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant, when he noticed some engravings of an elephant on the walls.

A Latin text I never really got to grips with. I do not like such writing.

The result is sqramago book. This story then precedes Solomon along his route. Lists with This Book. I’m afraid whatever subtlety and charm this novel supposedly has was lost on me. Then, given Saramago’s reputation, you feel tempted to start again.

Want to Read saving…. I chose to listen to this book because it does not employ the normal rules of punctuation.