Recommended: The Double by Jose Saramago

This was my second book by Saramago and again I find myself reading it as much for the author as for the story. I love getting lost in his digressions and asides, in the way he makes conversations flow, in the furious arguments his characters carry on inside their heads. He makes the most out of the plot device but in many ways its more about the ingredients than the dish, including the savory confrontations with ‘common sense’ and the narrator who pretends to be ‘merely transcribing the thoughts’ of the characters. it’s the kind of b book you don’t want to end and yet the ending is perhaps the most delicious course in this masterful meal.

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