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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The Tale of the Unknown Island by José Saramago

Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources. It is a forest that sails and bobs upon the waves, a forest where, quite how no one knows, birds have begun to sing, they must have been hidden somewhere and suddenly decided to emerge into the light, perhaps because the wheat unkhown is ripening and needs harvesting.

She needn’t have worried. The hhe moved away from the door, a signal for the other supplicants finally to approach, there is little point in describing the ensuing confusion, with everyone trying to get to the door first, but alas, the door was once more closed.

A man requests the king of his country to give him a boat so he can go in search for “the unknown island”. Refresh and try again. And the seams are like or sinews of the sails, thought the cleaning woman, glad to find she was picking up the art of seamanship so quickly.

See 1 question about The Tale of the Unknown Island…. So, paradoxically, there is no point to inquiry. Throughout the trip the two reveal feelings for each other and, perhaps, though it is not certain, they discover the unknown island. The moonlight was falling directly on the cleaning woman’s face, Lovely, really lovely, thought the man, and this time he didn’t mean the caravel.

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.

The izland in the sky was dying down, the waters grew suddenly purple, now not even the cleaning woman could doubt that the sea really is dark, at least at certain times of the day. The fact that there was no gunpowder in the gunpowder locker, just a bit of black dust in the bottom, which she at first took to be mouse droppings, did not bother her in the least, indeed there is no law, at least not to the knowledge of a cleaning woman, that going in search of an unknown island must necessarily be a warlike enterprise.

It is conclusive, but the message comes suddenly and made me wonder if it was originally intended to be a novella.

During the following passages the man’s quest to know himself expands into greater introspection. The king’s house had many other doors, but this was the door hnknown petitions.


View all 3 comments. Our caravel’s really lovely, said the woman.

Then she rolled up her sleeves and started scrubbing the deck. We saw a niche begging to be literally explored. Sep 24, s. He was a member of the Portuguese Communist Party. The man at the wheel watched this exodus in silence, he did nothing to hold back those who were abandoning him, at least they had left him the trees, the wheat and the flowers, as well as the climbing plants islahd were twining round the masts and festooning the ship’s sides. 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. Articles lacking sources from September All articles lacking sources Pages to import images to Wikidata Articles containing Portuguese-language text All stub articles. Margaret Jull Costa Translator. They didn’t know who they were dealing with. View all 35 comments.

Return to Book Page. They banged the bronze doorknocker again to summon the cleaning woman, but the cleaning woman wasn’t there, she had turned and left, with her bucket and her broom, by another door, the door of decisions, which is rarely used, but when it is used, it decidedly is.

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Now one can understand the thoughtful look on the cleaning woman’s face, for it was at that precise moment that she had decided to go after the man as he set off to the port to take possession of the boat.

The Tale of the Unknown Island

Since the king spent all his time sitting at the door for favors favors being offered to the king, you understandwhenever he heard someone knocking at the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear. He brings the floor cleaner from the Castle of the King to help him in his journey.

Log of the S. Selected pages Title Page. The other lockers, she soon discovered, were empty. The harbormaster said, I wouldn’t recommend it, I’m a sea captain myself and I certainly wouldn’t venture out to sea in just any old boat, Then give me one I could venture out in, no, not one like that, give me a boat I can respect and that will respect me, That’s sailor’s talk, yet you’re not a sailor, If I talk like a sailor, then I must be one.

He couldn’t understand what these sailors were doing there, the same ones who had refused to embark with him to go in search of the unknown island, they probably regretted the crude irony with which they had treated him. References to this book The Power of Grammar: He had wished her sweet dreams, but he was the one who spent all night dreaming. Portugal, on the other hand, was a united kingdom with relatively few internal problems and enemies.


She held the candles, one in each hand, he lit a match, then, protecting the flame beneath the dome of his cupped fingers, he carefully applied it to the old wicks, the flame took, grew slowly like the moonlight, lit the face of the cleaning woman, there’s no need to say what he thought, She’s lovely, but what she thought was this, He’s obviously got eyes only for the unknown island, just one example of how people can misinterpret the look in another person’s eyes, especially when they’ve only just met.

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It saaramago only when she actually boarded the ship that she understood the seagulls’ anger, there were nests everywhere, many of them abandoned, others still with eggs in them, and a few with nestlings waiting, mouths agape, for food, That’s all very well, but you’re going to have to move house, a ship about to set sail in search of the unknown island can’t leave looking like a henhouse, she said.

Saramago was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in Since the king spent all his time sitting by the door for favors favors being done to the king, you understandwhenever he heard someone knocking on the door for petitions, he would pretend not to hear. The only person who was not particularly surprised was the man who had come to ask for a boat. Then, of its own accord, the caravel turned its prow toward land, entered the port and drew alongside the quay, You can leave, said the man at the wheel, and they immediately all trooped off, first the women, then the men, but they did not leave alone, they took with them the ducks, the rabbits and the chickens, they took the oxen, the donkeys and the horses, and even the seagulls, one after the other, flew off, leaving the boat behind, carrying their nestlings talee their beaks, something never seen before, but there’s always a first time.

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He wondered if she would already be asleep, if it had taken her long to fall asleep, then he imagined that he was looking for her and couldn’t find her anywhere, that the two of them jowe lost on a vast ship, sleep is a skilled magician, it changes the proportions of things, the distances between them, it separates people and they’re lying next to each other, brings them together and they can barely see one another, the woman is sleeping only a few yards away from him and he cannot reach her, yet it’s so very easy to go from port to starboard.