The Tale of the Unknown Island

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Random House, Nov 30, 2011 - Fiction - 42 pages
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'A man went to knock at the king's door and said, Give me a boat. The king's house had many other doors, but this was the door for favours (favours being offered to the king, you understand), whenever he heard someone knocking on the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear...'

Why the petitioner required a boat, where he was bound for, and who volunteered to crew for him and what cargo it was found to be carrying the reader will discover as this short narrative unfolds. And at the end it will be clear that what night appear to be a children's fable is in fact a wry, witty Philosophical Tale that would not have displeased Voltaire or Swift.

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User Review  - shabacus - LibraryThing

This is a great little book, and one that I very much enjoyed reading. The style was simple and straightforward, hearkening (it seemed) from an oral tale tradition which made it quite engaging. I did ... Read full review

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User Review  - gbill - LibraryThing

“The Tale of the Unknown Island” is a very short story that reads as a fairy tale; it’s about a man who wants a boat and is adamant about going off in search of an unknown island despite the doubts of ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Jos Saramago is one of the most important international writers of the last hundred years. Born in Portugal in 1922, he was in his sixties when he came to prominence as a writer with the publication of Baltasar and Blimunda. A huge body of work followed, translated into more than forty languages, and in 1998 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Saramago died in June 2010.

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