Daily Archives: March 9, 2015

** Skylight by Jose Saramago


Skylight is the early work of Jose Saramago and describes the lives of neighbors in a modest apartment building, from the couple grieving their dead daughter to the lodger who makes friends with his cobbler-philosopher landlord, to the mistress of a businessman who supports herself and her mother from his handouts. The characters are finely drawn, especially the women, and the atmosphere of enforced respectability of the times wonderfully rendered, but I found the story somewhat circumscribed and dated.

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