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The Double

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by José Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa (Translator)
 

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The inspiration for the major motion picture "Enemy" starring Jake Gyllenhaal and directed by Denis Villeneuve
 
Tertuliano Máximo Afonso is a divorced, depressed history teacher. To lift his spirits, a colleague suggests he rent a certain video. Tertuliano watches the film, unimpressed. But during the night, when he is awakened by noises in his

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The Double 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ponderous, lacking punctuation, long paragraphs, and yet this kept my interest to the end. I was expecting more from a great author. Still, this was far better than most contemporary fiction.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The lonely depressed divorced history teacher rents a video to find a supporting actor that looks exactly like him. He then starts his search to find the actor. It turns out we have no idea why this history teacher is lonely and depressed because he does have a friend and also he has a pretty young girlfriend who is crazy about him. Why is he so embarrassed that he has a double. There is a line about it in the book, but it doesn't seem reason enough to reach the level of embarrassment he has which causes him to agree to be so weak. Also, why doesn't he immediately call his mother and find out if perhaps he was a twin. Why are the doubles both so threatened by each other and aren't they alittle curious about each other lives, like family backgrounds, experiences etc... Later they play cruel games with each others lives with irreversable consequences for themselves and those closest to them. All that being said, it is difficult to discount this book and say it wasn't good. There is so much thought that eminates from the pages. If one could just go along with the reactions of the main characters as being appropriate, which is difficult, then the book is astonishing. Although repetitive, which was on purpose, it did get much, however, the book was still very well written. The are meaningful subtle clues that told the reader this would mean something later. So ones mind would double while they were reading to try and predict what would happen next. There were many interesting things in the book such as having the other doubles profession be that of a supporting actor, the mother as Cassandra, the way the plot unfolds and more. It is worth the read if you read alot. If you only read one book a year, I would say to pass it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This novel is one of the greatest novel by saramago if not the greatest. The story is thrilling and once again he explores human psichology through his characters and questions the role of an individual in society.
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Jessiyari More than 1 year ago
Im always recommending this book because i love it so much! However, i do recommend it to people with similar tastes as mine who would appreciate the book. I understand that this is not a book for everyone as the author has a unique writing style, something that to me was refreshing and i loved the ending. This was the first book i read about 3 years ago when i first joined a book club and we all enjoy reading and analyzing it!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Not as great as All the Names or Blindness, but perhaps on par with The Cave. I wasn't very intrigued by the description but due to my love for his other books, I decided to give it a try. The beginning, like the Cave, is rather slow and but the pay off at the end is amazing. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to Saramago lovers and newcomers alike.