Editorial Reviews. Review. “A man went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give The Tale of the Unknown Island – Kindle edition by José Saramago, Peter Sis, Margaret Jull Costa. Download it once and read it on your Kindle. The Tale of the Unknown Island [Jose Saramago, Peter Sis, Margaret Jull Costa] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A man went to knock at. By Jose Saramago Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature,; Sunday 27 . What unknown island, asked the king, trying to suppress a peal of.

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José Saramago. Tale of the Unknown Island

At that moment, the sky clouded over and it began to. The cleaning woman could contain herself no longer, As far as I’m concerned, that’s the boat for me, And who are you, asked the man, Don’t you remember me, No, I don’t, I’m the cleaning woman, Cleaning what, The king’s palace, The woman who opened the door for petitions, The very same, And why aren’t you back at the king’s palace cleaning and opening doors, Because the doors I really wanted to open have already been opened and because, from now on, I will only clean boats, So you want to go with me in search of the unknown island, I left the palace by the door of decisions, In that case, go and have a look at the caravel, after all this time, it must be in need of a good wash, but watch out for the seagulls, they’re not to be trusted, Don’t you want to come with me and see what your boat is like inside, You said it was your boat, Sorry about that, I only said it because I liked it, Liking is probably the best form of ownership, and ownership the worst form of liking.

To love is probably the best way of having. Io intanto ho riscoperto quella incantata di Francesco … http: The Power of Grammar: She threw the empty nests into the water, but left the others where they were for the moment. Saramago’s writing style is not for everyone. They both laughed, then fell silent, after a while, one of them suggested that perhaps they should go to sleep, Not that I’m particularly sleepy, and the other agreed, No, I’m not either, then they fell silent again, the moon rose and continued to rise, at one point, the woman said, There are bunks down below, the man said, Yes, and that was when they got up and went below decks, where the woman said, See you tomorrow, I’m going this way, and the man replied, I’m going this way, see you tomorrow, they did not say port or starboard, probably because they were both new to the art.


There he finds, much to his amazement, that the journey of exploration has started even before he has set the sails on the ship.

A fable to jsoe read at one sitting. The man who was to be given a boat read the visiting card, which bore the word King underneath the king’s name, and these were the words the king had written as he rested the card on the cleaning woman’s shoulder, Give the bearer a boat, it doesn’t have to be a large boat, but it should be a. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Pursue your dreams despite obstacles. View all 35 comments.

A man went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give me a boat. The cheers from the crowd drowned out the man’s words of thanks, besides, judging from the movements of his lips, he might just as easily have been saying, Thank you, my lord, as Don’t worry, I’ll uhknown, but everyone clearly heard what the king said next, Go down to the docks, ask to speak to the harbormaster, tell him I sent you, and that he is to give you a boat, take my card with you.

In the rush to leave, the sacks of islanf had. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Nor, therefore, can the obstacles which might be encountered, and consequently the eventual costs involved be assessed. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it. The blaze in the sky was dying down, the waters grew suddenly purple, now saramavo even the cleaning woman could doubt that the sea really is dark, at least at certain times of the day.

It took them less than a quarter of an hour to go round the whole ship, a caravel, even a converted one, doesn’t really allow for long walks. The Tale of the Unknown Island Harvest book. His works, ttale of which can be seen as allegories, commonly present subversive perspectives on historic events, emphasizing the human factor rather than the officially sanctioned story.

The woman turned back, Oh, I forgot, and she took two candle stumps out of her apron pocket, I found them when I was cleaning, but I don’t have any matches, I do, said the man. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

The Tale of the Unknown Island

Our caravel’s really lovely, said the woman. Retrieved from ” https: The king hesitated for a moment, the fact was that he did not much care to expose himself to the air of the streets, but then, he reflected, it would look bad, unworthy of his majestic self, to speak to one of his subjects through a crack in the door, as if he were afraid of him, especially with someone else listening in to the conversation, a cleaning woman who would immediately go and tell all and sundry who knows what, Wide open, he ordered.

He could see animals wandering the deck too, ducks, rabbits, chickens, the usual domestic livestock, pecking at the grains of corn or nibbling on the cabbage leaves that a sailor was throwing to them, he couldn’t remember bringing them on board, but however it had happened, it was only natural they should be there, for what if the unknown island turned out to be a desert island, as had so often been the case in the past, it was best to play it safe, and we all know that opening the door to the rabbit hutch and lifting a rabbit out by the ears is always easier than having to pursue it over hill and dale.


Saramago’s house in Lanzarote is also open to the public. When the man looked up, this time, one imagines, in order to say thank you for the gift, the king had already withdrawn, and only the cleaning woman was there, looking at him thoughtfully. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. However, in the case of the man who wanted a boat, this is not quite what happened.

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Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in This story is classic Saramago with all of his talents and motifs on displays. They went up to the quarterdeck, the man still protesting at what he called her madness, and there the cleaning woman opened the package he had brought, a loaf of bread, hard goat’s cheese, olives and a bottle of wine.

Selected pages Title Page. It looks like a caravel, said the man, It islad more or less, agreed the harbormaster, it started life as a caravel, then underwent various repairs and modifications that altered it a bit, But it’s still a caravel, Yes, tue pretty much kept its original character, And it’s got masts and sails, That’s what you need when you go in search of unknown saramagi.

View all 6 comments. She needn’t have worried.

That said, this is still worth reading, and is very uplifting and enjoyable. During the following passages the man’s quest to know himself expands into greater introspection.

A man went to knock at the king’s door and said, Give me a boat. Thus, torn between his own irresistible curiosity and his displeasure at seeing so many people gathered together all at once, the king very ungraciously fired off three questions one after the other, What do you want, Why didn’t you say what you wanted straightaway, Do you imagine I have nothing better to do, but the man only answered the first question, Give me a boat, he said.