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Grottan (2000)

av José Saramago

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Informed that his clay pots and jugs are no longer needed, elderly potter Cipriano applies his craft to the making of ceramic dolls, but his family's subsequent successes are compromised by a terrible discovery.
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This is a sardonic condemnation of the commercialization, relentless and dehumanizing technological development, and desensitizing inflexible bureaucracy of capitalism. A potter, his daughter, and his son-in-law live in a small, antiquated village outside the city, where the ever-expanding Center, representing all that is modern, looms. The family depends for its livelihood on the Center, where the potter sells his wares and the son-in-law works as a security guard, awaiting a promotion that will allow the family to move in permanently.

Saramago, as always, treats his characters with irony and tenderness. He also made me laugh out loud with his self-referential observations about writing and narrative, like this one, which is even funnier if you're familiar with his idiosyncratic punctuation and his habit of seemingly irrelevant but often most illuminating digressions:

"The trouble with digressions is the ease with which the digressor can become distracted by diversions, making him lose the thread of words and events, as has just happened to Found [the dog], who caught only the second half of the following words spoken by Cipriano Algor, which is why, as you will notice, they do not start with a capital letter, that's it, I won't go running after her any more, said the potter, obviously he wasn't referring to the above-mentioned capital letter, since he doesn't use them when he speaks, but to the woman called Isaura Estudiosa." ( )
  Charon07 | Jul 16, 2021 |
One would think that reading a book without quotation marks or paragraphs separating speakers would be very difficult and confusing, but this one wasn't. In fact it carried me along quite nicely. Perhaps because the old man and his daughter had lived together long enough that they knew what each other would say and there was no need to separate who said what. Perhaps because their voices were different enough that it was generally obvious who said what. This is not a relationship I have ever experienced, but it is one I almost envy, if 'envy' weren't a pejorative word.
It is a story of common people, villagers, with a simple daily life revolving around their work in their family pottery. Yet Cipriano's regular journeys to the big town show us that this village is on the edge of a zone of environmental destruction caused by the mega-corp that is taking over the city. We don't know where this is located and therefore can easily imagine it is here in our country. We know such a mega-corp. We fear for the continuation of our own village life.
In the first 50 pages I had jotted down dozens of homely aphorisms, charmed by new ways of looking at daily existence. Lo and behold, the author now speaks to the reader (p.56), acknowledging his use of aphorisms and how useless they are in difficult circumstances. I am charmed by the author acknowledging my existence, and, in later passages, taking the time to interrupt his story to explain what he will or will not tell us, meanwhile giving the story time to unfold as it will.
I enjoyed getting to know Cipriano, Marta, and Marcal; their love and support for each other, their good humor in trying times, their acceptance of what the other needs. And even tho I didn't learn enough to become a potter myself, we do learn quite a bit about the steps in creating items from clay the old-fashioned way.
I was, however, very surprised at the ending. Since Cipriano called the repository where he put his reject work a 'cave,' I had imagined people discovering these rejects and cherishing them as unique/quaint/charming. Well, what else could happen to provide a livelihood for this village family? ( )
  juniperSun | Sep 12, 2020 |
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  ScarpaOderzo | Apr 15, 2020 |
Eh. Saramago is a great writer, but this was well-written & tedious. ( )
  tombrown | Feb 21, 2020 |
قريبا جدا يفتتح للجمهور كهف أفلاطون ، وسيلة جذب حصرية ، وحيدة في العالم ، اشتر تذكرة دخولك"
" كنا سنبيع كل ما تحتاج إليه لولا أننا نفضل أن تحتاج إلي ما لدينا كي نبيعه لك "

سنوفر لك مكانا تستمتع فيه بكل مترفات الحياة ، ستأكل وتشرب وتتسلي بما نريدك أن تراه ، ستجرب أمطارا وثلوجا مصنوعة لك بعناية ، حتي الشواطيء فقد اخترعنا نظام استحداث أمواج ورمالا أيضا.. لأن هدفنا متعتك في النهاية.. ولكن لا تنس .. عليك أن تدفع أيها الأحمق وإلا فكيف نستفيد . مهلا هل تريد الخروج من هذا المركز التجاري الجبار ؟ لم ؟ هل سئمت كل شيء هنا ألم يعجبك المسكن المريح ذا الهواء المنقي المكيف خصيصا لأجلك ؟ أم أن شمسنا وأشجارنا الصناعية لم تلق قبولك ؟
حسنا يمكنك الخروج من جنتنا وتستمتع بالطبيعة الغناء وتعمل في أشغال عفا عليها الزمن وأنت الخاسر حتما لأن الناس لم تعد تحب هذه الأشياء المصنوعة بحب حتي لو طورت نفسك من وجهة نظرك طبعا ستهدر طاقتك في الهواء فبضاعتك لا تلق الرواج الكافي ولهذا لن نشتر منك .. انتهت معاملتنا معك .
أنت تعبث بلا جدوي حقيقة
هذا هو ما تتحدث عنه الرواية الرائعة لساراماجو ، هذه الرواية تقرأ علي مهل ، ستشعر قليلا بالملل ولكنك ستستمتع بالحوارات الداخلية الإنسانية لشخوص الرواية والتي يبرع فيها ساراماجو بشدة
فلا يمكن بأي حال من الأحوال أن نتصور أن نتخلي عن إنسانيتنا ونصبح مجرد دمي صلصال متيبسة .. مكبلين إلي حائط كهف لسنا بأموات ولا أحياء ولا نستطيع الهروب من عالم بلا روح .. فهذا هو قمة البؤس

إن حريتنا تكمن في تحررنا من قوالب الدمي والتي تشكلنا فيها وفقا لأهواء آخرين لم يسألوننا عن رغباتنا وأحلامنا الحقيقية

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  Maaly_Ahmed | Aug 23, 2019 |
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The man driving the truck is called Cipriano Algor, he is a potter by profession and is sixty-four years old, although he certainly does not look his age.
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Cipriano Algor would like to go on luxuriating in the tranquility of his bed, to take advantage of that delicious morning sleep, which, perhaps because we are vaguely aware of it, is alway the most restoring.
Moments never arrive either late or early, they merely arrive at the right time for them, not for us, there is no need to feel grateful when what they propose happens to coincide with what we need.
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...very few people are aware that in each of our fingers...there is a tiny brain...the organ which we call the brain...has only ever had very general, vague, diffuse and, above all, unimaginative ideas about what the hands and fingers should do....the fingers are not born with brains, these develop gradually with the passage of time and with the help of what the eyes see....(p.66-67)
only with the invisible knowledge of the fingers will one ever be able to paint the infinite fabric of dreams. (p.68)
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