Saramagos novel is a delightful creation of characters with universal appeal. Library Journal, starred review A masterly creation. Independent The rescue of this novel from oblivion is something to be grateful for. Times Literary Supplement Lisbon, late 1940s. The inhabitants of a faded ...
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Saramagos novel is a delightful creation of characters with universal appeal. Library Journal, starred review A masterly creation. Independent The rescue of this novel from oblivion is something to be grateful for. Times Literary Supplement Lisbon, late 1940s. The inhabitants of a faded apartment building are struggling to make ends meet: Silvestre the cobbler and his wife take in a disaffected young lodger; Dona Ldia, who used to work the streets, is now kept by a businessman with a roving eye. The cultivated family of Dona Cndida, come down in the world, keep to themselves with their books and music. Emilio the humble salesman has a Spanish wife whos in a permanent rage; Claudinha the beautiful young typist has a boss who lusts for her; Justina and her womanizer husband live at war with each other. Happy marriages, abusive relationships, jealousy, gossip, loveSkylight is a portrait of ordinary people painted by the master of the quotidian, a great observer of the immense beauty and profound hardship of the modern world.from via
An Amazon Best Book of the Month, December 2014: Anyone who has ever lived in an apartment building is familiar with the unique intimacy that such dwellings unintentionally provide. You may never see your upstairs neighbor, but you know that he wakes up at 6am sharp, grinds his coffee beans, and has a parrot that knows how to say a few choice curse words. Sometimes you know far more--stories pieced together by casual encounters in common areas, or bits of conversations overheard through too-thin walls. . . In the previously unpublished novel, Skylight, the late, great Jos Saramago gives us unfettered access to the lives of several tenants in a Lisbon apartment building in 1940lives that intersect and sometimes clash in shocking ways. Saramagos gift for penning well-drawn female characters is on full display here, as is his mastery of illuminating the extraordinary in the mundane. But Skylight is also a very philosophical novel in Saramagos signature style, one in which the characters wrestle with profound questions, questions the reader will grapple with long after the last page is turned. Erin Kodicek