Editorial Reviews. Review. “A man went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give The Tale of the Unknown Island – Kindle edition by José Saramago, Peter Sis, Margaret Jull Costa. Download it once and read it on your Kindle. The Tale of the Unknown Island [Jose Saramago, Peter Sis, Margaret Jull Costa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A man went to knock at. By Jose Saramago Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature,; Sunday 27 . What unknown island, asked the king, trying to suppress a peal of.
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At first glance, it would seem that the person to gam most from this article in the regulations was the king, given that the fewer people bothering him with their various tales of woe, the longer he could spend, undisturbed, receiving, relishing and piling up favors.
The man moved away from the door, a signal for the other supplicants finally to approach, there is little point in describing the ensuing confusion, with everyone trying to get to the door first, but alas, the door was once more closed. The cheers from the crowd drowned saramagi the man’s words of thanks, besides, judging from the movements of his lips, he might just as easily have been saying, Thank you, my lord, sraamago Don’t worry, I’ll manage, but everyone clearly heard what islnd king said next, Go down to the docks, ask to speak to the harbormaster, tell him I sent you, and that he is to give you a boat, take my card with you.
Saramago had a gift for delivering such potent messages in such a simple manner, saramsgo a vast array of complex ideas into a simple parable that easily penetrates to your heart. Briefly, perhaps my briefest yet: The king, occupied as usual with yale favors being offered him, would take a long time to reply, and it was no small measure of his concern for the happiness and well-being of his people that he would, finally, resolve to ask the first secretary for an authorita tive opinion in writing, the first secretary, needless to say, would pass on the command to the second secretary, who would pass it to the third secretary, and so on down once again to the cleaning woman, who would give a yes or a no depending on what kind of mood she was in.
A isoand went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give me a boat. Saramago’s writing style is not for everyone. A steamship’s siren let out a potent growl, such as leviathans must have made, and the woman said, When it’s our turn, we won’t make josr much noise about it.
José Saramago. Tale of the Unknown Island
My library Help Advanced Book Search. Although they were still in the harbor, the water lapped slightly as the steamship passed, and the man said, But we’ll certainly sway about a lot more.
In the rush to leave, the sacks of earth had. At that moment, the sky clouded over and it began to. Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in September Learn how and when to remove this template message.
Ixland man has no idea that, even though he has not yet started recruiting crew members, he is already being followed by the person who will be in charge of swabbing down the decks and of other such cleaning tasks, indeed, this is the way fate usually treats us, it’s there right behind us, it has already reached out a hand to touch us on the shoulder while we’re still muttering to ourselves, It’s all over, that’s it, who cares anyhow.
It’s lovely, said the man, but if I can’t get enough crew members to work it, I’ll have to go back to the king and tell him I don’t want it any more, Honestly, the first obstacle you come across and you lose heart, The first obstacle was having to wait three days for the king and I didn’t give up then, If we can’t find sailors willing to come with us, then we’ll have to manage alone, Gale mad, two people on their own couldn’t possibly sail a ship like this, why, I’d have to be at unjnown helm all the time, and you, well, I couldn’t even begin to explain, it’s madness, We’ll see, now let’s go and eat.
Thus, torn between his own irresistible curiosity and his displeasure at seeing so many people gathered together all at once, the king very ungraciously fired off three questions one after the other, What do you want, Why didn’t you say what you wanted straightaway, Do you imagine I have nothing better to do, but the man ths answered the first question, Give me a boat, he said.
But what about the unknown island, asked the man at the wheel, The unknown island doesn’t exist, except as an idea saramagi your head, the king’s geographers went to look at the maps and declared that it’s been years since there have been any unknown islands, You should have stayed in the city, then, instead of hindering my voyage, We were looking for a better place to live and talf to take advantage of your journey, You’re not sailors, We never were, I won’t be able to sail this ship all alone, You should have thought of that before asking the king to give it unknow you, the sea won’t tue you how to sail.
The Tale of the Unknown Island
Since the king spent all his time sitting at the door for favors favors being offered to the king, you understandwhenever he heard someone knocking at the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear, and only when nose continuous pounding of the bronze doorknocker became not just deafening, but positively scandalous, disturbing the peace of the neighborhood people would start muttering, What kind of king is he if he won’t even answer the dooronly then would he order the first secretary to go and find out what the supplicant wanted, since there seemed no way of silencing him.
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So, paradoxically, there is no point to inquiry. Saramago is Portuguese; Coelho is Brazilian.
Just a great read, even if Mr. Sep 03, Mike Puma rated it really liked it Shelves: They didn’t know who they were dealing with.
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When the cleaning woman asked him through the crack in the door, What do you want, the man, unlike all the others, did not ask for a title, a medal, or simply money, he said, I want to talk to the king, You know perfectly well kf the king can’t come, he’s busy at the door for favors, replied the woman, Well, go and tell him that I’m not leaving here until he comes, in person, to find out what I want, said the man, and he lay down across the threshold, covering himself with a blanket against the cold.
The king’s house had many other doors, but this was the door for petitions. The search for the unknown island has particular resonance for a Portuguese author whose ancestors were responsible for the European discovery of half of the world.
The story, while being a joy to read, is a bit too short and feels as if it could have been much greater. A tiny book; 51 tiny pages with illustrations. There wasn’t a crumb of bread or cheese left, not a drop of wine, they had thrown the olive stones into the sea, the deck was as clean as it had been when the cleaning woman had wiped a cloth over it for the last time. Trivia About The Tale of the U He could see animals wandering the deck too, ducks, rabbits, chickens, the usual domestic livestock, pecking at the grains of corn or nibbling on the cabbage leaves that a sailor was throwing to them, he couldn’t remember bringing them on board, but however it had happened, it was only natural they should be there, for what if the unknown island turned out to be a desert island, as had so often been the case in the past, it was best to play it safe, and we all know that opening the door to the rabbit hutch and lifting a rabbit out by the ears is always easier than having to pursue it over hill and dale.
He had a unique style, and a sweet simplicity that reminds me of a more intellectual and literary version of Paulo Coelho. There are about reviews that summarize the plot and, since The Tale of the Unknown Island is anyways an allegory, I’ll simply skip to the meaning. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. He brings the floor cleaner from the Castle of the King to help him in his journey.