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Words of a Bibliophile

"It's only words, and words are all I have, to take your heart away." —Bee Gees

Blindness - José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero A harrowing story of how people in a city suddenly go blind one by one in a seeming contagious epidemic. The government puts them in a facility to prevent the blindness from spreading further. The story is told without quotation marks and in long paragraphs that span for pages, enhancing the feeling of panic and disorder. No characters are mentioned by name, only by profession (the doctor, the pharmacist assistant) or identification (the girl with dark glasses, the man with an eye-patch). This is the kind of book that will disturb you, make you wince, cause you to be appalled, make you think about a lot of things from the government to the nature of humans, and in the end, lead you to be grateful that you have a pair of eyes to see.