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It was The Cay meets Lord of the Flies written for grown-ups by a great philosophical writer. I loved thinking about the book; I loved talking about the book. I just didn’t look forward to reading the book – Saramago’s characteristic lack of hard stops or quotation marks made me struggle a bit. Wasn’t bad in the theoretical, but really slowed down my reading – and not always in a good way. So let’s say 3 1/2 of 5 stars.