The Double

Kobo ebook | October 3, 2005

byJose Saramago, Margaret Jull Costa

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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 apartment, he goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video. He watches in astonishment as a man who looks exactly like him-or, more specifically, exactly like he did five years before, mustachioed and fuller in the face-appears on the screen. He sleeps badly.

Against his better judgment, Tertuliano decides to pursue his double. As he roots out the man's identity, what begins as a whimsical story becomes a "wonderfully twisted meditation on identity and individuality" (The Boston Globe). Saramago displays his remarkable talent in this haunting tale of appearance versus reality.

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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 apartment, he goes into the living room to find that the VCR is replaying the video. He watches in ast...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:October 3, 2005Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0547538871

ISBN - 13:9780547538877

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing plot, difficult writing style If you've never read a Saramago novel before than you should be aware that he doesn't like pauses in his writing. That often means long sentences, page-long paragraphs (typically a few pages long actually) and no chapters. The effect can be somewhat overwhelming and unfortunately it would sometimes detract from what would otherwise be a smart and intriguing plot. I really felt for the characters more than I expected and was drawn in to the conflict between them. There are some really great ideas at play here and it was a great read by the end, I just wish it had been presented in a different format (i.e. in digestable paragraphs).
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In my Top 5 of all time favourites! This is a fantastic book. I found the premise to be quite original. Deeply thought provoking on many levels. The writing style is a bit odd and I thought that I would not enjoy the book because of it, but once I got used to it, the story itself is very powerful.
Date published: 2015-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant The Stone Raft is good enough to restore ones faith in the power of literature. Jose Saramago seems to have remembered that the basis of any great novel is the story. And this is a great story. One day, the Iberian Peninsula shears off from the European continent and begins to drift across the Atlantic Ocean. A diverse group of Portugese and Spaniards wander across the "island" searching for answers as to why this has occured. What they find are the answers to many important and difficult questions. Fortunately, the "point" of the story never gets in the way of what is a great adventure. Touching, gripping, eye opening and hugely entertaining, this is one of the best novels I have read in years.
Date published: 2000-07-20