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Elefantens rejse In King Jo o III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present an elephant named Solomon The elephant s journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholar

  • Title: Elefantens rejse
  • Author: José Saramago
  • ISBN: 9878703047027
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1551, King Jo o III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present an elephant named Solomon The elephant s journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people Out of this material, Jos Saramago has spun a novel already heralded as a triumph of language, imagination, and humor El Pa s.SolomoIn 1551, King Jo o III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present an elephant named Solomon The elephant s journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people Out of this material, Jos Saramago has spun a novel already heralded as a triumph of language, imagination, and humor El Pa s.Solomon and his keeper, Subhro, begin in dismal conditions, forgotten in a corner of the palace grounds When it occurs to the king and queen that an elephant would be an appropriate wedding gift, everyone rushes to get them ready Subhro is given two new suits of clothes and Solomon a long overdue scrub.Accompanied by the Archduke, his new wife, and the royal guard, our unlikely heroes traverse a continent riven by the Reformation and civil wars They make their way through the storied cities of northern Italy Genoa, Piacenza, Mantua, Verona, Venice, and Trento, where the Council of Trent is in session They brave the Alps and the terrifying Isarco and Brenner Passes they sail across the Mediterranean Sea and up the Inn River elephants, it turns out, are natural sailors At last they make their grand entry into the imperial city The Elephant s Journey is a delightful, witty tale of friendship and adventure.

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    1. Petra X on said:

      This is the story of the book. Knowing it will not spoil the enjoyment of it one whit, if you do choose to read it.The story is based on the Portuguese King Joao III's gift of an elephant to the Archduke Maximillian and the delivery of the gift from Lisbon to Vienna. The major characters are the elephant Solomon and his mahour Subhro. The story is of the King, what happens on the journey to the officers who escort the elephant and at the end of the journey, the Archduke. Maximillian arrogantly r [...]

    2. Fionnuala on said:

      a fall from grace can come very swiftly, or, as the Romans used to say, the Tarpeian Rock is close to the Capitol. That idea, though not that exact expression, was in my mind from the beginning of The Elephant's Journey.A very likeable character called pêro de alcáçova carneiro features impressively in the early pages of this tale. He is secretary of state to the king of Portugal and his thinly veiled ironic responses to the monarch’s rather dim questions cause the reader to worry for his s [...]

    3. William1 on said:

      Here is a wonderful story, especially, I think, if you have a deep connection to animals. It is the story of Solomon the Elephant and his keeper, Subhro, and their journey as a gift from King Joao III of Portugal to his cousin Archduke Maximillian (Hapsburgs) in 1540 or so. The voice is third-person historical and wonderfully relaxed and unrushed. It is a novelist's voice embellishing on historical fact:It's hard to understand just why the archduke Maximilian should have decided to make such a j [...]

    4. Nikos Tsentemeidis on said:

      Αυτό που ξεχώρισα στο βιβλίο ήταν το εξαιρετικό χιούμορ του Σαραμάγκου κατ’ αρχάς και κατά δεύτερον ο πολύ άμεσος προς τον αναγνώστη τρόπος αφήγησης. Το ταξίδι του ελέφαντα γράφτηκε 10 χρόνια μετά το Νόμπελ και λίγα χρόνια πριν το θάνατο του συγγραφέα και στο οποίο βγάζει μ [...]

    5. Ahmed on said:

      إذا فهذا هو ساراماجو , من فاض ذكره وارتفع اسمه ليناطح السحاب , إذا هو ساراماجو . من وضع إسمه فى مصاف العظماء , أعتقد أنه يستحق , ويستحق أكثر .هذا هو أول لقاء معه والأكيد أنه لن يكون الأخير (شكلها هتكون فاتحة خير ان شاء الله بصوت حزلقوم) عمل عادى لكنه قوى , أكيد لن يُسجل ضمن أعظم ما ك [...]

    6. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      Do You Know the Way to Pan José?I'm afraid whatever subtlety and charm this novel supposedly has was lost on me.I normally like to read an author's work chronologically, rather than jump in at the end and work backwards or around. I broke my rule in this case, and now I'm left wondering why Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize. Is this, his last novel before he died in 2010, another case of the Nobel Curse, where you never write another decent work after you get the big one? Help me decide whic [...]

    7. Riku Sayuj on said:

      Saramago was having some snacks at a restaurant, when he noticed some engravings of an elephant on the walls. He enquired about it and was informed about an elephant, back in the sixteenth century, who had journeyed across the continent and through the peninsula and then passed on into legend. Saramago felt there was material for a story there and set out to investigate a bit about the historical details of this long journey. The result is this book. It was supposed to be a charming little novel [...]

    8. Mohamed Shady on said:

      أحيانًا بتكون عبقرية الفكرة تكمن فى بساطتها ده الحال فى رواية "مسيرة الفيل" للعظيم "ساراماغو" معلومة بسيطة مرّت عليه قدر يحولها لرواية إنسانية عبقرية من الدرجة الأولى المعلومة هى إن ملك البرتغال أهدى ولى عهد النمسا فى عام 1561 فيل ضخم اسمه "سالومون".أنا متخيل ساراماغو بيسمع الف [...]

    9. Chrissie on said:

      Yes, this is a book of historical fiction. It is based on a true event in history:“In 1551, King João III of Portugal gave Archduke Maximilian an unusual wedding present: an elephant named Solomon. The elephant's journey from Lisbon to Vienna was witnessed and remarked upon by scholars, historians, and ordinary people.” , this being a direct quote from the book description.And yet this book is primarily a book of humor. To be more explicit, it is a book of ironic satire. It is written with [...]

    10. jeremy on said:

      shortly after he began writing the elephant’s journey in 2007, josé saramago was stricken with pneumonia and would conclude the year hospitalized in lanzarote from complications. a mere day after his discharge the following january, he resumed efforts on the novel, completing it in august 2008. hence the book’s dedication: “for pilar, who wouldn’t let me die,” a tribute to his wife (and translator of his works into spanish). saramago would go on to finish another novel (cain, to be pu [...]

    11. Célia Loureiro on said:

      3,5O que esperar de uma obra de um escritor premiado com um Nobel? Já tive algumas experiências com vencedores/indiciados para Pulitzers, Nobels, Booker Prizes, e nem sempre foram agradáveis. Abomino o surrealismo de Murakami. Derrapei no caos de Gabriel García Marquez e ganhei asco à “A Valsa Esquecida” da Anne Enright - uma vez mais, porquê “A Valsa Esquecida” e não, como dizem os franceses do Jeunet, “Yupi-tralala”? Mas o Saramago é diferente, não por ser português, não [...]

    12. أميــــرة on said:

      كتاب (كوكتيل) لساراماجو. انتظرت حتى أنتهي من القراءة علّني أحدد الموضوع الأساسي للكتاب، لكن بلا جدوى. قد يظهر أن موضوع الكتاب هو الواقعة الحقيقية تاريخيًا التي أهدى فيها ملك البرتغال فيلًا لأرشيدوق النمسا بمناسبة زواجه، لكن التفاصيل الأخرى من خيال ساراماجو، وتلك الواقعة ما [...]

    13. Justin on said:

      It pains me a bit to give a Saramago book such a low rating, but of the seven of his that I've read, this was clearly the one I liked the least. It's not that I disliked it. In fact, I was going to go for the third star but when I looked at what rating I had given the other six Saramago books I've read, I had to knock it down to two, as I definitely liked The Cave better and that only got three. Anyways, enough of my personal Saramago rating history. The reason this is getting two stars is that [...]

    14. Inês on said:

      Saramago é também isto: pegar numa viagem que se descreveria numa página e transformá-la num livro. Cheio de apontamentos e divagações que inevitavelmente acabam em frases geniais perdidas no meio de um parágrafo.A forma infantil (mas pertinente) como ele desmonta cada frase feita faz-me sempre sorrir. Mais ninguém chegará a este nível na nobre arte de encher chouriços."É a diferença entre um categórico Levanta-te e um dubitativo E se tu te levantasses. Há mesmo quem sustente que [...]

    15. Maria João on said:

      9,5 de 10*Esta não foi a primeira vez que tentei ler Saramago. Em tempos idos, quando recorria aos empréstimos da biblioteca, tentei mais do que uma vez ler livros do nosso Nobel. Por imaturidade, facilitismo ou simplesmente porque não era a altura, não conclui nenhum deles e fiquei com a imagem de que José Saramago era difícil de ler.Depois de uma visita à (belíssima) Fundação Saramago, decidi que era altura de voltar a tentar e a escolha recaiu neste “A Viagem do Elefante”. Que b [...]

    16. João Fernandes on said:

      Sim, é um elefante. Aparentemente.Achei por bem lembrar que, no Século XVI, em pleno curso dos Descobrimentos, a vala entre o Oeste e o Este, que sabiam da existência um do outro mas pouco comunicavam, como tímidos interesses amorosos, era ainda tremenda.Como tal, não é surpreendente que quando D. João III, rei lusitano, resolve oferecer a Maximiliano II da Áustria, como sinal de amizade e prova da magnanimidade portuguese, o elefante Salomão, que a viagem deste elefante seja inédita p [...]

    17. Fiona on said:

      Others have repeated the story and given the background to Saramago writing this book which is written in long, long sentences with little punctuation and no quotation marks which means you have to really concentrate on conversations to follow who is speaking and when because it might be the elephant or the archduke or the mahout or in fact anybody else, and also because the author just witters on and on, often going completely off piste and crossing centuries in terms of terminology and observa [...]

    18. Hadrian on said:

      For all of Saramago's stylistic beauty, this book still has the feel of a too-long anecdote. You start off fascinated, and you remember Saramago's wry humor and wandering sentences. Then you start to get bored and doze off for about 50-100 pages in the middle, and then you 'wake up' again, start paying attention, and read the fantastic ending, and wonder how you got there in the first place. Then, given Saramago's reputation, you feel tempted to start again. In the hands of a lesser writer, this [...]

    19. Miguel Lugo on said:

      No voy a hablar de la historia ya que todos pueden saber o imagínese de que trata el libro con tan solo leer la contraportada. Y sí, literal el libro narra todo un viaje de un elefante que más bien fue un regalo. Fue un libro muy difícil de leer para mí, duré más de lo que pensaba y aunque leyera varias páginas en un momento, sentía que no avanzaba y esto se debe a la forma en que está escrito, ya para terminar de leer este libro, no me terminaba de gustar, no sabía que era lo que rea [...]

    20. Rich Stoehr on said:

      I had the strangest feeling while reading The Elephant's Journey - I felt like a child, being told a story by an old and indulgent grandparent. I saw him clearly, sitting in an old comfortable chair in a dimly-lit room, talking in a gravelly voice, telling the story of Solomon the elephant, a wedding gift from a king to an archduke, and the long journey that brought him from Portugal through the Alps and finally to Vienna.Like any good grandfather, Saramago wanders from point to point while tell [...]

    21. Noha Dawoud on said:

      أول روايه أقرأها لساراماجو عجبنى جدا اسلوبه السردى و إنسانيته اللى كانت واضحة اوى فى الرواية.بالنسبة للرواية هيا بتحكى مسيرة للفيل "سالمون" من البرتغال للنمسا,الفيل كان رمز لاوروبا بالصراعات اللى حصلت فيها وسيطرة الكنيسة علي الحكم واستعباد البشر.استمتعت بالرواية وعشقت سال [...]

    22. André on said:

      «D. João, quinto do nome na tabela real, irá esta noite ao quarto de sua mulher, D. Maria Ana Josefa » Não! Livro errado. Recuemos antes 2 séculos na História e que entre em cena «dom joão, o terceiro, rei de portugal e dos algarves, e dona catarina de áustria, sua esposa e futura avó daquele dom sebastião que irá pelejar a alcácer quibir». É sempre uma experiência revigorante voltar a ler um Saramago histórico. Não o das cegueiras, não o das intermitências, nem o dos evange [...]

    23. Tudor Vlad on said:

      This is tough to review. I liked it a lot but it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what made it so enjoyable. Compared with Saramago’s other works that I’ve read (Blindness and Death with Interruption), the subject of this novel isn’t as groundbreaking, and reading just the description, one would even call it dull. It’s basically a journey following two characters, the elephant and his keeper going from Lisbon to Vienna. But it’s Saramago’s writing that makes this book stand out for me ju [...]

    24. И~N on said:

      Прозата на Сарамаго повлича като лавина. Затрупва с мекотата на плавното си преливане, обвива с тънкия си хумор, дърпа на дълбоко с идеите си, пръснати като остри камъни тук там в завличащата маса на течащата история. Задушава на моменти. За това я обичам.

    25. Nuno Miguel on said:

      O primeiro livro de Saramago que li de livre e espontânea vontade, mas que não desiludiu. Apesar de não ser muito extenso, conseguimos notar o estilo único do autor e das comparações entre a época passada e a atual. Recomendo a 100% e abriu-me o gosto para outras obras do mesmo autor.

    26. Jeruen on said:

      Perhaps it's a known fact here that I am a big fan of Saramago's writing. I have read The Cave, Death with Interruptions, Blindness, Seeing, The Notebook, and All The Names. He is indeed one writer that I really came to like, and so I have this standing goal to read every book that he has written and is available in a language I can understand. He wrote in Portuguese, so all I can do is wait until his works get translated.Anyway, this is a short novel (just about 205 pages) about the journey of [...]

    27. Al Sirois on said:

      I wasn't sure I'd be able to read this, since I tend not to be a fan of experimental fiction that lacks quotation marks, it employs run-on paragraphs that go on for pages sometimes and have no breaks for different speakers, it also slams sentences together like this with only a comma to separate them, but don't let that stop you from picking this up, I say give it a chance, if you do it will reward you.Whew! I find writing like that a real effort, and yeah -- when I paged through it and saw what [...]

    28. Mustafa on said:

      Saramago belli temaları olağanüstü yaratıcı bir biçimde yazabilen bir yazar. Üstelik bu temalar hepimizin sorageldiği ama cevabı üzerine pek düşünmediği konular oluyor. Sözgelimi hepimiz, ölümün olmadığı bir dünyanın Nasıl bir yer olabileceğini düşünürüz ama hepsi o kadar. Saramago bunu öylesine güzel bir kurgu ile anlatır ki hakikaten de böyle olabilirmiş dersiniz Ölüm Bir Varmış Bir Yokmuş romanında. Yada Körlük romanını düşünün. Ancak Filin Yo [...]

    29. El Cuaderno de Chris on said:

      José Saramago es uno de mis autores favoritos, cada historia que leo de él me encanta, en esta obra específicamente, se narra el viaje de Salomón desde Portugal hasta Viena, las vicisitudes del camino, las proezas y errores del conarca Subhro. Cargado de ironía y critica, entre risas y algunas veces entre tristes pasajes. Basado en una historia real, y que José con su imaginación: llena, diluye y aclara que ha hecho uso de una libertad que en mi caso agradezco, valoro y me hace respetarlo [...]

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