A city is hit by an epidemic of "white blindness" which spares no one. Authorities confine the blind to an empty mental hospital, but there the criminal element holds everyone captive, stealing food rations and raping women. There is one eyewitness to this nightmare who guides seven... read more
José Saramago's Blindness starts out with one man spontaneously going blind in the middle of rush hour. Confused and scared, a crowd gathers, their frustration forgotten, and one man offers to drive him home. Once he has the blind man home, he proceeds to steal the first blind man's car. Not... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
José Saramago's Blindness starts out with one man spontaneously going blind in the middle of rush hour. Confused and scared, a crowd gathers, their frustration forgotten, and one man offers to drive him home. Once he has the blind man home, he proceeds to steal the first blind man's car. Not long after, the car thief goes blind while trying to hide the car. Then a wave of spontaneous blindness follows. The first blind man goes to an ophthamology clinic–everyone there is eventually struck blind.
It is at this point that the narrative begins to follow the doctor at the clinic and his wife. Informed by the ministry of health that they must vacate their house and move to a quarantine, the doctor's wife decides to join her husband even though she is not blind herself. Inside this quarantine, the situation quickly turns dire as their supplies begin to run low and the criminal element takes over, demanding sex for food. Eventually the quarantine burns down and the blind internees escape into the city, finding that the whole world has turned blind.
Now the group from the first ward must stick together to survive, and they learn how to cope as a group with the doctor's wife as the leader. They attempt to find their old homes, but find that many of their residences have been taken over by others or that there is no sign of their families or friends. Eventually they get back to the doctor's residence and decide to stay there as a family. In the end they all regain their sight as quickly as it was lost, leaving them to ponder the things that they learned about themselves and about humanity during their time blind.
“"bir parça kuru ekmekten yayılan nefis koku yaşamın özü, hatta ta kendisi sayılabilirdi."”
“"Tüm anlatıların evrenin yaratılış anlatısına benzediğini, o sırada kimsenin orada olmadığını, olaya kimsenin tanık olmadığını ama herkesin ne olup bittiğini bildiğini söyleyeceğiz."”
“"If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals."”The doctor's wife
“"Fighting has always been a form of blindness."”The doctor
“"...nor I your face."”The doctor's wife
“"Inside us there is something with no name, that something is what we are."”The girl with the dark glasses
“"The door is the outstretched hand of the house"”Narrator
“"There are no blind people, only blindness."”The doctor
“"Do not lose yourself."”The writer
“"When is it necessary to kill? When something that is alive is already dead."”The doctor's wife
“When what is still alive is already dead. She shook her head and thought, And what does that mean, words, nothing but words.”
“It is clear that here no one can be saved, blindness is also this, to live in a world where all hope is gone.”
Inside us there is something that has no name, that something is what we are.Highlighted by 67 Kindle customers
I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.Highlighted by 64 Kindle customers
The good and the evil resulting from our words and deeds go on apportioning themselves, one assumes in a reasonably uniform and balanced way, throughout all the days to follow, including those endless days, when we shall not be here to find out, to congratulate ourselves or ask for pardon, indeed there are those who claim that this is the much-talked-of immortality,Highlighted by 59 Kindle customers
if, before every action, we were to begin by weighing up the consequences, thinking about them in earnest, first the immediate consequences, then the probable, then the possible, then the imaginable ones, we should never move beyond the point where our first thought brought us to a halt.Highlighted by 57 Kindle customers
we were already blind the moment we turned blind, fear struck us blind, fear will keep us blind,Highlighted by 56 Kindle customers
If we cannot live entirely like human beings, at least let us do everything in our power not to live entirely like animals,Highlighted by 56 Kindle customers
With the passing of time, as well as the social evolution and genetic exchange, we ended up putting our conscience in the colour of blood and in the salt of tears, and, as if that were not enough, we made our eyes into a kind of mirror turned inwards, with the result that they often show without reserve what we are verbally trying to deny.Highlighted by 51 Kindle customers
Then, as if he had just discovered something that he should have known a long time ago, he murmured sadly, This is the stuff we're made of, half indifference and half malice.Highlighted by 46 Kindle customers
We all have our moments of weakness, just as well that we are still capable of weeping, tears are often our salvation, there are times when we would die if we did not weep,Highlighted by 43 Kindle customers
The sceptics, who are many and stubborn, claim that, when it comes to human nature, if it is true that the opportunity does not always make the thief, it is also true that it helps a lot.Highlighted by 28 Kindle customers
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