The Stone Raft by Jose SaramagoThe Stone Raft by Jose Saramago

The Stone Raft

byJose Saramago

Paperback | February 1, 2001

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When the Iberian Peninsula breaks free of Europe and begins to drift across the North Atlantic, five people are drawn together on the newly formed island-first by surreal events and then by love. 'A splendidly imagined epic voyage? a fabulous fable' (Kirkus Reviews). Translated by Giovanni Pontiero.
JOSE SARAMAGO (1922-2010) was the author of many novels, among them Blindness, All the Names, Baltasar and Blimunda, and The Year of the Death of Ricardo Reis. In 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
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Title:The Stone RaftFormat:PaperbackDimensions:300 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:February 1, 2001Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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ISBN - 10:0156004011

ISBN - 13:9780156004015

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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

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When the earth suddenly cracks open and the Iberian Peninsula splits from Europe and drifts off into the Atlantic Ocean, people escape the coastal areas to roam, incoherent, across the island. A group of strangers end up in the home of Maria Guavaira: Joaquim Sassa, who found himself in Maria's bed; Joana Carda, who cut the earth in two; Jose Anaico, the king of the starlings; and Pedro Orce, who can make the earth tremble with his feet. At once a grand adventure and an apt political story about ever changing Europe, The Stone Raft is an absorbing novel. José Saramago is a Nobel Prize-winning author.

Editorial Reviews

In this charming Portuguese political fable by the author of The Gospel According to Jesus Christ, pandemonium occurs when the Iberian peninsula breaks loose (literally) and goes charging off into the North Atlantic. Bureaucrats fret because the errant land mass is speeding straight toward the Azores; the Government of National Salvation plots to avoid impending disaster, but the former peninsula has its own agenda. Meanwhile, five Iberian residents separately experience assorted phenomena they believe are connected to the rupture. (One makes an ineradicable line in the earth, another becomes a human seismograph, another unravels a neverending sock, etc.) Through a series of coincidences and the efforts of a mute and nameless dog, the five find each other and begin a gypsy-like peregrination to make sense of the peninsula's fractious behavior. At times an unexpected darkness intrudes on these proceedings-Saramago heckles his characters occasionally for no discernible reason-and the conclusion seems abrupt, its somber notes ringing false. However, the political reaction to this geological mishap is marvelously amusing-and greatly enhanced by the author's nimble prose and random metaphysical touches.