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  • Personally I think it was an excellent book showing the true reactions of human nature

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      Translated from Portuguese by Geovanni Pontiero, Blindness is now a full length movie starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo.

      The Blindness novel starts straight in the story with the origin of the plot within the first pages of the novel. Blindness is the story of an unexplained mass disease of blindness affecting nearly everyone and the nature of human beings that soon follows. The novel follows the lives of a bunch of characters who are among the first to be infected including a doctor and


      his wife (who escapes the disease by unexplained reasons), several of the doctor’s patients, and others, thrown together by chance. This group lends each other a hand to survive the horrible disease. The sudden impact and unexplained origin of the blindness causes mass panic, and the social order declines rapidly as the government’s attempts to stop the disease have no affect.

      The novel follows the experiences of the doctor and his wife in the filthy, overcrowded asylum where they have been sentenced to live until ...


      • the government finds a cure. Hygiene and living conditions decline extremely fast in a very short period, as does the society outside.

        When food starts getting scarce and more people are crammed into the asylum, things start going horribly wrong for the inhabitants. Soldiers are orderd to shoot on sight if a blind internee crosses the boundaries.

        Conditions eventually decline even further, as an armed gang takes control over food deliveries, demanding jewelry and women to satisfy their needs. Faced with death by starvation, the

        blind in the asylum fight and burn down their makeshift prison, to find that the army has fled the asylum and made their escape only to turn blind themselves.

        Finally the story continues with the lives of the doctor and his wife where they have to find food, shelter and clothing. And as suddenly as the blindness came, it leaves. Jose Saramago also wrote a sequel called “Seeing” starring the doctor’s wife.

        Personally I think it was an excellent book showing the true reactions of human nature.




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