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Blindness

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

10 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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I loved the premise of Blindness. It had a great flow to it, excellent character development (though highly unconventional), and a story that kept one guessing most of the way through.
Though the ending was somewhat predictable, some of the scenes completely off base o...
I loved the premise of Blindness. It had a great flow to it, excellent character development (though highly unconventional), and a story that kept one guessing most of the way through.
Though the ending was somewhat predictable, some of the scenes completely off base on human reactions, and the action often simplistic, the story itself had a cohesiveness that keep me locked in the whole time. Some have described the story as if it were an interpretation of a painting, attributing many facets to it that were not obvious. Maybe I am just shallow, but though it was a great read, I would not rank it up there with "War and Peace"!
I read the book in two sittings, and will do it again. That said, the style of writing best associated with an internet chat room, missing all writing conventions except periods for the end of a sentence, makes the book difficult to read. Though, as you become accustomed to the style it gets easier, it creates confusion as you often find yourself rereading parts to figure out who was speaking, and trying to decide if it was a thought or a spoken word. The minimum amount of paragraphs, even though action, conversations and thoughts among many people take place in one paragraph, make following the threads of the story difficult. Many have said that this was intentional, and maybe it was, but I fail to see how it would have hurt the story to follow normal writing rules. Unfortunately, the sequel "Seeing" is done the same way, and makes even less sense!
All that said, if you like apocalyptic science fiction with an intellectual bent, this is a great book to work your way through. It even has a slight feel of Asimov to it.

posted by Jessi-21 on September 11, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

I did not like this book!

I'm actually surprised that everyone gave it such good reviews. The translation was awkward, which made it very hard to read.


I also kept waiting for someone to be a little more self sufficient! They all walked around like sheep and did nothing to help themselves....
I'm actually surprised that everyone gave it such good reviews. The translation was awkward, which made it very hard to read.


I also kept waiting for someone to be a little more self sufficient! They all walked around like sheep and did nothing to help themselves. They relied on the only sighted person in the story. It was frustrating!
They couldn't cook because there weren't any microwaves? Ahhhh...what did we do before microwaves? The whole book was like that! Sorry, I just was surprised at how weak it was. Good idea that fell flat.

But, what do I know, he won a nobel prize for it!

posted by CPSinPhilly on February 4, 2011

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  • Posted December 18, 2011

    Awkward translation

    A friend recommended this book to me. The premise of the story is interesting and one I would normally like. However, the translation is not very good. The phrasing is awkward and there is not a good use of punctuation. Some of the sentences are more like paragraphs. I found it hard to follow. I rarely put a book down once I start it, but I put this one down after only about 30 pages. I may pick it up again when I have more patience to wade through it because I do think the story sounds really intriguing.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 20, 2013

    Finished, but was a challenge

    This book was a challenge to finish, and then at the end I thought, "Wow! That was weird!" I do not recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    No

    BOOOOO

    1 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 24, 2014

    Sasha

    Clide im back sorry please be here please please please....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Not to My likeing

    Boring. I didn;'t even finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Awful!!

    Not enough punctuation and way too much excrement. Interesting premise, but just punishment to read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2009

    Not as good as others

    This book just didn't capture my attention. I was hoping for a great read after all of the reviews of this book. It just never materialized for me. It is just an OK book in my eyes.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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