Death with Interruptions, published in Britain as Death at Intervals is a novel written by José Original title, As Intermitências da Morte As in many of his other works, Saramago largely eschews traditional forms of grammar and punctuation. As Intermitências da Morte has ratings and reviews. Mohammed said: New review:I gave it another shot and finished after a long struggle. I. Results 1 – 16 of 16 As Intermitencias Da Morte by Saramago, José and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at

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I know Saramago’s writing style can be a challenge, but I was ready for that. Want to Read saving….

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I feel strange giving up at this point, especially because it’s a really interesting story similar vein to a few other books I’ve read recently, but from yet another angle.

It just helps things flow. This joy is short-lived – it soon becomes apparent that the end of death presents unique demographic and financial challenges. I’m thinking of some of James Ellroys’s books.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. JP Peste Somewhere around the middle it was boring, but then, when death becomes the main character, it became one of my favourite books. The style is challenging for another reason – very few paragraph markers, no quote marks, few capital letters.

The progression of the book was extremely weird, it feels quick and intense and interesting and full of story details in two or tree pages, and then it gets extremely dull with obvious details. The conceptualization is over-ambitious.


This joy is short-lived – it soon becomes apparent that the intermihencias of death presents unique demographic and financial challenges. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. But morge again, this is not a science fiction novel, just accept the premise as it is and move on. It’s about the important questions, such as what would happen to the funeral industry and what sort of black market would emerge to smuggle the comatose out of the country.

Read this under the compulsion of a book club, which goes to show you should never join anything. Read more Read less. I’ll try some of his other novels, but I really didn’t get on with this. This was a highly anticipated read for me, but unfortunately around 70 pages in, I folded.

Saramago avoids using quotations to signify speech, instead relying on inline text, and the usage of capitalization to signify the start of a new speaker’s words.

Views Read Edit View history. This is not one of those cases. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. She announces, through a missive sent to the media, that her experiment has ended, and people will begin dying again.

The gift of immortality has its issues: The Catholic Church feels threatened by this new turn of events, as the end of death would call into question one of the fundamental foundations of their dogma: The text was extremely hard to follow.

What’s the Name o The book might strike you as a short easy read, but it’s definitely not. The incapacitated are brought over the borders of the country, where they instantly die, as death has not ceased working elsewhere.

De los libros mas feos que he leido. For much of the book, it’s rather like watching a swarm of insects reacting to the events, until the very end where we zone in on a couple of characters. Funeral workers, on the other hand, fear the opposite problem: Instead of adding to the experience of reading it hinders the experience. At every turn, Saramago presents us with a joke smashed by rambling anecdote, an observation drowned by irrelevance or a plot twist stifled by non sequitur.

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I absolutely hated it. To add salt to the wound, If the intellectual and literary inferiority of this novel is not enough to make you suffer through reading it, the English translation makes it even worse; overly complicated sentences, very long at times, and very short at others, bad punctuation, For me it’s far from the merit and any more than useless descriptions, and sloppy sentences demanding for interpretations which have nothing.

As Intermitências da Morte

Each chapter was like a 20 page run on sentence. The complete cessation of dying leads to a growing fear among healthcare workers that the system will collapse under its own weight: Initially, the people of this country celebrate their apparent victory over mankind’s longtime foe. The reason I’ve stopped?

The formatting is different–it was hard to follow who’s speaking sometimes, and the author has a penchant for very long sentences. As one egregious example; Saramago, after describing a border standoff over the exportation of the comatose, takes a whole page to explain why he took so long and finally settles on a single word; context.