Death with Interruptions

by Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt | September 2, 2009 | Kobo Edition (eBook)

Death with Interruptions is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 2.
Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question -- what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death?
 
On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration-flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home-families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots.

Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?

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Published: September 2, 2009

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547391609

ISBN - 13: 9780547391601

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from pay attention! This book was difficult to stay focused on, but i still enjoyed the concept and hidden truths. To be perfectly honest i feel like i should read it again because i believe it would be easier the second time through, so all i can say is your gonna have to pay attention or else your gonna come out feeling like you missed something. good ending also.
Date published: 2010-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Read This Book and Fall in Love with death! OK, Death with Interruptions takes a few pages to get going, but once it does this novel is quirky, witty and profound, all at the same time. It explores what happens if death, personified as a woman, refrains from doing her job. No matter their circumstances, people simply do not die. Of course, there are implications for families of the aged, funeral directors, life insurance companies and “eventide homes” but the implications of eternal life do not appear as one might expect. Further, it is in human relationships, especially those of death herself, that the novel has its greatest appeal . . . but I don’t want to give away the ending. Read it and enjoy it.
Date published: 2009-10-27

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Death with Interruptions

by Jose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa

Format: Kobo Edition (eBook)

Published: September 2, 2009

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0547391609

ISBN - 13: 9780547391601

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Nobel Prize-winner Jose Saramago's brilliant new novel poses the question -- what happens when the grim reaper decides there will be no more death?
 
On the first day of the new year, no one dies. This of course causes consternation among politicians, religious leaders, morticians, and doctors. Among the general public, on the other hand, there is initially celebration-flags are hung out on balconies, people dance in the streets. They have achieved the great goal of humanity: eternal life. Then reality hits home-families are left to care for the permanently dying, life-insurance policies become meaningless, and funeral parlors are reduced to arranging burials for pet dogs, cats, hamsters, and parrots.

Death sits in her chilly apartment, where she lives alone with scythe and filing cabinets, and contemplates her experiment: What if no one ever died again? What if she, death with a small d, became human and were to fall in love?