Blindness

José Saramango’s Blindness was among one of the most memorable books I have ever read. We had a book club then and we read the book. We made comments about how interesting would it be to see it as a motion picture. The prose was so graphic and vividly visual. We felt “dirty” after we finished the book, it was so damn intense. It was nice though we got to discuss about the book afterwards.

And here it comes, this Fall, Blindness will be adapted onto the screen. Julienne Moore will play the role of the doctor’s wife. She’s one of my favs and I was glad that she’s in the picture. The trailer was pretty good, I have to say, it gives me the scary and werid chill that I felt with the book. Apparently Saramango refused to sell the rights of the book for years, fearing that filmmakers would give the book’s violent setting typical Hollywood treatments.

On the movie website, they posted a YouTube clip that shows how much Saramango was touched after seeing the movie. Honestly, I thought putting that on the movie site was a bit hokey, and it gave me a chill. But then again, Saramango was the 1998 Nobel prize winner in Literature, I suppose it’s hard not to exploit that a bit…

As for the sequel, Seeing, I have yet to find the right moment to begin.

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