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Posted May 8, 2003
I was duped into reading this book by the caché its having won the Nobel gave it. What a waste of money! If the subject is Jesus Christ, I expect to be offered something more than someone´s imagination by way of edification, and Saramago has done no meaningful research, that I can detect. Mary Magdalene is once again cast as a prostitute, a historical error promulgated by one of the early popes. Mary, Jesus´ mother, is little more than a resigned baby machine. Saramago´s male chauvinism is even more offensive than the Church´s, since secular works have as their mission intellectualism. Some of the questions Saramago raises are sound, but overall, he renders the impression that he is gaining a predictable audience by bashing an easy victim: Christianity in general, and the Roman Catholic Church specifically.
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