Book of the month – Blindness by José Saramago

I use Grammarly’s free plagiarism checker because “The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.” ― William Shakespeare, Othello

When I got up this morning, I almost wore my full-length Canada Goose jacket. Christmas lights have begun popping up around our neighbourhood. Shops and department stores seem to have miraculously flipped their shelves overnight. It’s official – the holiday season is right around the corner.

Baby, it’s cold outside.

Even though there are only 50 days until Christmas, and that’s kinda scary, this is a time of celebration for book lovers. Why? Because all our favourite literary prizes are awarded in October and November!



First and definitely foremost, the heart-melting Alice Munro became the first Canadian and only the 13th woman to win the Novel Prize for Literature. I heard the breaking news on my drive to work, and then CBC’s phone interview with Munro that morning, and I was in tears.  I was moved and touched by what an intelligent, accomplished, sweet, and humble woman she is. It was a huge day for Canadian writers and a huge day for women around the world. I have only read The Lives of Girls and Women, but have committed to reading much more of her work in 2014. What do you recommend?

As if we didn’t already have enough to celebrate, five days later Canadian-born Eleanor Catton wins the Man Booker Prize. Two details make this year’s award is even more interesting: Catton is only 28 (the average age of UBC members) and her novel is 832 pages – the longest ever to win the prize. Additionally, Catton is a finalist for the Governor-General’s Literary Award, which will be on November 13th.

And tomorrow, my favourite award, the Giller Prize, is awarded to a Canadian author of a novel or short story. There is some serious talent on this year’s shortlist and I am just dying to hear who wins!

Deep breath. Literary award season is almost over.

We were reading some heavy stuff this past month – Arundhati Roy’s Man Booker-winning The God of Small Things was a tough one to get through, for many reasons. Thankfully Alex wrote a fabulous blog post on why reading challenging books is good for you, and that gave me the motivation to finish our October pick, even though I found it difficult. It was a nice reminder to push myself more, so thanks, Alex!

I am super excited about our November pick because it’s totally different from what we’ve been reading lately. Yvonne chose Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago’s Blindness, a dystopian novel translated from Portuguese. It’s also a major motion picture starring Julianne Moore and Mark Ruffalo, so hopefully the UBC will have another movie night.

Before I let you go, I just wanted to share with awesome Christmas gift idea with you. If you know any book lovers, writers, journalists or grammar freaks, this will most definitely be a hit.

Grammar Grumble Mugs

Happy 50 days until Christmas!


About Julia Kent

Julia is an outgoing and energetic writer and food blogger from Halifax. Five years ago, Julia started The Unputdownable Book Club and her food blog, The Domestic Blonde. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, Julia currently works in Ottawa in public relations. As a former broadcast journalist and with a background in musical theatre, she is a natural presenter. In her free time, she recipe-tests, reads, runs, hosts a podcast called Young PR Pros, watches bad television and plays competitive soccer. She’s addicted to Canadian Living and Chapters Indigo. Her favourite books include A Thousand Splendid Suns, Pride & Prejudice and The Book of Negroes. Twitter: @kentjulia
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One Response to Book of the month – Blindness by José Saramago

  1. Pingback: Book of the Month – The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer | The "Unputdownable" Book Club

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