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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A Latin text I never really got to grips with. It would certainly seem so but this is speculation. It is a beguiling book, the language is so beautiful, it is witty and humouros but it is not a great book, just a really enjoyable one. To ask other readers questions about El Viaje Del Elefanteplease sign up. Estamos regidos por D.

One bit of interesting subtext occurs when the Archduke and his cortege make their way through the dangerous Brenner Pass. His send up of the Catholic Church, its cynicism and hypocrisy is quite amusing and is by itself worth the price of the book. Fortunately, thanks to the inexhaustible generosity of epefante imagination, we erase faults, fill in lacunae as best we elefnte, forge passages through blind alleys that will remain stubbornly blind, and invent keys to doors that have never had locks.

Saramago’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. Our subhro enjoys his status, high above the army of accompanying soldiers like a capital on the top of a column.

If I thought they were all like this, I wouldn’t read any more but they can’t possibly be so I’ll give him another chance. Saramago was perfectly competent at establishing the feel of era Portugal, but every now and again the third person narrative anachronistically mentioned “all’s well that saamago well” 50 years before Shakespeare used the term, if you don’t attribute it to John Heywood infilm, cameras and “the third way” between capitalism and communism, without any apparent purpose or effect, other than to alienate me, the reader.


El Viaje Del Elefante by José Saramago

It must be said that saramagl 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.

There were rarely two paragraphs on the same page. Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders iose point to point while telling his tale, musing and meandering. Maximillian arrogantly r This is the story of the book. Her intonations were perfect.

It’s not my trip, it’s in the book! If I had had to struggle through the reading myself, I am sure I would have given it less stars! Those who like their tales straight and to the point should pass this one by, as it will be more frustrating than rewarding. View all 13 comments. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while tell 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.

El Viaje Del Elefante

The narrator was excellent. O que eu gostei deste livro: The voice is elefantw historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed. In the middle of the story he may take a few sentences to ruminate whimsically about the nature of royalty or the use of specific language or even his own role in the narrative itself.

I normally like to read an author’s work chronologically, rather than jump in at elefantf end and work backwards or around. The Elephant’s Journey by Jose Saramago.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This book is a feast of verbal treats from the end to the beginning where, like The Life 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 This is tough to review.

Instead, we are meant to chuckle at the incongruence of our modern way of thinking and the historical events as they unfolded. Help me decide which of his novels to read next!


I loved the elephant, but even for him, it was no hero’s journey though thankfully the denouement wasn’t like slaughter for elephants. As the story ends and we are drifting off to sleep, grandfather Jose quietly steps out of the room and closes the door behind him.

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 josee, demonstrating yet elerante 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.

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 eelefante no elefnte to deliver the goods, or in this case, to take the elephant to Vienna.

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

The reason this is getting two stars is that frankly it was a bit boring. That’s how affecting the writing is here. Want to Read saving…. View all 11 comments.