Raised From the Ground

Raised From the Ground

eBook - 2012
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A multigenerational family saga that paints a sweeping portrait of twentieth-century PortugalFirst published in 1980, the City of Lisbon Prize-winning Raised from the Ground follows the changing fortunes of the Mau Tempo family-poor landless peasants not unlike Saramago's own grandparents. Set in Alentejo, a southern province of Portugal known for its vast agricultural estates, the novel charts the lives of the Mau Tempos as national and international events rumble on in the background-the coming of the republic in Portugual, the two World Wars, and an attempt on the dictator Salazar's life. Yet nothing really impinges on the grim reality of the farm laborers' lives until the first communist stirrings. Finally available in English, Raised from the Ground is Saramago's most deeply personal novel, the book in which he found the signature style and voice that distinguishes all of his brilliant work.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9780547840444
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource (365 p.)


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Apr 01, 2013

Very disappointing since I expected great things from the winner of the nobel prize for literature. Characters are all painted with a depressing tint and their woeful stories do not have even a hint of hope or joy.Could not bring myself to go beyond the first 100 pages.

Jane60201 Mar 26, 2013

Saramengo's writing is as lyrical yet sly as usual. Unlike his other books, this one is particularly sad as he describes a life much like the slaves in the American South.

madison382 Jan 24, 2013

I reallly like Jose Saramago writing, but this novel was very hard for me to get into, I tried on 2 different occasions and the second time I could only through half of the book.


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