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To the Wedding By John Berger,

  • Title: To the Wedding
  • Author: John Berger
  • ISBN: 9780679767770
  • Page: 446
  • Format: Paperback
  • A blind Greek peddler tells the story of the wedding between a fellow peddler and his bride in a remarkable series of vivid and telling vignettes As the book cinematically moves from one character s perspective to another, events and characters move toward the convergence of the wedding and a haunting dance of love and death.
    To the Wedding A blind Greek peddler tells the story of the wedding between a fellow peddler and his bride in a remarkable series of vivid and telling vignettes As the book cinematically moves from one character s p

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    1. It s 1995 and Ninon will die The beautiful young woman who s just started her sexually active life has contracted HIV, then still a medical mystery But the man who loves her, Gino, marries her and cares for her Though she tries to free him of what she sees as the burden, the tragedy of herself, he won t hear of it The marriage feast is ecstatic, gloriously happy The writing, its interplay of a dozen or so voices, reminds me at times of William Faulkner s, As I Lay Dying A lean and shattering tal [...]

    2. I have great admiration for John Berger A Renaissance man I consider him to be a member of my imaginary family Reading his books has been and remains a formative experience for me And a constant source of inspiration and pleasureThis novel is a pilgrimage, a ceremony and a choreography It culminates into a wedding dance where love defies death, life defies death Like a Szymborska poem

    3. QUESTIONE DI SGUARDILa scrittura di Berger mi ha subito avvolto, familiare, ma senza privarmi di stupore.Questa volta mi ha sollevato e trasportato in un viaggio alla fonte del mito e del tempo Un viaggio fatto di nomi epici scelti con cura Di geografie dello spazio e della mente sapientemente intrecciate Sono entrato in appartamenti fatti apposta per lunghe chiacchierate e ho conosciuto gente che non avr mai il futuro per cui altri hanno sacrificato tutto il passato Ho attraversato spiagge diss [...]

    4. Check , one friend has read it, none have written about it.True he s won the Booker, which could explain it But on the other hand, surely one has a heart for his subsequent actions Upon discovering that the Booker is a prize generated from slave money, he gave half of it to the Black Panthers The other half was, I believe, earmarked for a project for farm labour in Europe If all Booker prizer winners are guilty of sharing in the spoils of slavery, surely he comes off best of them.Is it for the r [...]

    5. To the Wedding is a small book that addresses the large issues of love, divorce, disease, separation and ideology common to late twentieth century life, in tenderly observant prose John Berger, author of G, Pig Earth and many other novels, understands small kindnesses, great compassion and the joys of a shared life, not only between lovers but amongst a community A blind Greek storyteller relates a new tale he s heard about the wedding of a young girl, Ninon, and her beloved Gino, whose passion [...]

    6. POV shifts, time shifts, first person to third person in conversations I lived in Seattle from 1980 1995, a quite enjoyable time when Seattle was still rich in creativity and yet understated So there were Rainier beer commercials that were just out there, a thrill to watch but often not able to comprehend Many suggested that the writers sequestered, lit a joint, and then wrote the commercial THAT is what this book felt like Only those commercials were much MUCH better

    7. Kitab n ilk 30 sayfas ok zor Anlatan karakter paragraf boyutunda de i iyor kim nerede , imdi kim konu uyor her ey birbirine kar yor.Ard ndan konu ve co rafyalar tek bir y ne do ru birle ip akmaya ba l yor Anne Baba k z na, ili kiler a ka, ya am l me ve Po Nehri Akdeniz e kavu uyor.Berger yine k k ayr nt lar b y t yor, b y k olaylarla k k eylerin ba lant s n kuruyor.Okuman zla ilgili tek tavsiyem bir oturu ta bitirecek ekilde okuman z olsun Yoksa kald n z yeri hat rlamak olduk a zor oluyor.Sonu o [...]

    8. A sublime, moving and tender novel about love, life, hope, consolation and the soon foreseen death of the bride due to AIDS The main storyline of this small novel tells the story of the two parents of the bride estranged for many years travelling To the Wedding the novel finishes at the wedding celebration.One small example of the many jewels in this novel The mother of the bride meets a co passenger in a bus The co passenger says that the bridegroom has never learned to count The mother interru [...]

    9. Mind blowingly GREAT 6 stars or 7 Can t believe it took so long to find it, since I know Ways of Seeing genius On to the other essays, grateful

    10. I have read Berger as a source for my art History degree and found his writing insightful and thought provoking but he does need work to get to the gist of his criticsm I ve never read his fiction.The rhythm of this book is a bit difficult to start with Other readers have found it hard to get into I would recommend reading this in as short a space of time as possible This helps to keep the rhythms and stories fresh in your mind so you don t have to work to pick up the thread again.So having said [...]

    11. With music, hope too enters the body This is a quick read about a wedding, told from various perspectives, and as it unfolds you realize that events are not as happy as a wedding would typically be I wasn t really into it, with the quick snippets of thought and changing narration, until Zdena connects with a man on the bus, and suddenly it became this touching connected story Life depends on it none of us can stop You pick up something here, you take something there, you wake up with an idea, yo [...]

    12. Another review called this book lyrical fiction and I think that s appropriate because it contains many beautiful descriptions and analogies Unfortunately, it jumps around between storylines, characters and times quickly and without warning Because of that, it s the kind of book I would have put down because I don t like stories that are so dis jointed I stuck with it only because I have the audio version and I need something to pass time on my commute to work In the end, I realized that the who [...]

    13. I couldn t resist this book when I saw that Michael Ondaatje had written the following endorsement for it A great, sad, tender lyric, a novel that is a vortex of community and compassion that somehow overcomes fate and death Wherever I lie in the world, I know I will have this book with me The book is indeed special and at times stunning, but it was hard for me to get past Berger s style To me it seemed a bit too mannered, too deliberate.

    14. Such a special book It s hard to have your heart in the right place as a storyteller, to love people and hate what we do to the world and to each other Berger deftly maneuvers to create this perfect melancholic space to hold the kind of joy he wants to summon It s a rite of renewal in the form of a book Sometimes Berger misses with his novels, maybe even most of the time, but when he hits he hits.

    15. I am in awe Some people will think this novel melodramatic, or even operatic I don t It is perfect I had read Berger s nonfiction but never this novel I will never forget the scene, near the end, when Jean, the signalman and Ninon s father, goes into the store to buy his daughter perfume I thought I had finished the book, all broken inside myself, when I turned the page and learned that all royalties went to the Harlem United Community AIDS Center Pieces shattered further.

    16. John Berger s fiction is sometimes a bit too mannered for me, too deliberately artistic To the Wedding comes perilously close to that edge but I read it in one long sitting and by the end to employ an apt clich it took my breath away I was stunned by its beauty.

    17. This was one of the worst reads I ve had in a long time It was slow, difficult to tell who was narrating, and did not provide you enough insight into any of the main characters for you to care about then, and then it got super depressing Ick.

    18. If I tell you this book revolves around the wedding of a woman who has AIDS If I invite you to imagine her Do you think about the woman or the virus Do you give her hopes, dreams, and aspirations Do you ask when and where and why she wants to be married Do you ask how she plans to style her hair Do you ask how she will dance Or do you inquire as to how she contracted the virus Do you ask how long she has known Do you ask how long she has left Do you wonder about who she has told This book tells [...]

    19. i need to read it again, or at least sit with it a little before committing to a rating and review, but i can definitely say i loved it it s also an incredibly emotionally weighty book for me i remember the day i found out john berger wrote fiction as well as theory this book specifically was recommended by a friend of mine who d also been a friend of his, and i waited so long to read it that when i finally started i swallowed it whole in less than 24 hours every word felt so special the richnes [...]

    20. A stunningly beautiful meditation on love and death told in multiple voices, like a choir The sensual details are intoxicating, as is Berger s tenderness and hope for us frail humans, even in the face of a terrible, unchangeable fate.

    21. Reading John Berger always feels like a rare privilege To the wedding is not a straight story chronologically told, but an almost impressionistic, wrenching tale of two young lovers Ninon has captured HIV and wants Gino to leave her But while she is wrestling with the death she carries, Gino persists and persuades her to marry him knowing they might perhaps just count on two or three years We are going to live the years with craziness and cunning and care All three The three Cs Matteo, the boxer [...]

    22. To the Wedding is a fictional romance set in Europe Things have been going fine for Ninon and she s just met Gino, a man with whom she starts a romantic relationship Everything is beautiful and her future seems endless until she discovers that she has contracted HIV from a previous one night stand Ninon wants Gino to leave her, until he decides to marry her anyway So begins the journey to the wedding.I have to say, this book has it s flaws.At first I thought that the pace of this book was extrem [...]

    23. I first encountered John Berger when a poetry professor assigned Ways of Seeing To the Wedding similarly is a novella that relies heavily on the powers of imagery and perspective indeed, the story is first narrated by a blind merchant I read another review of To the Wedding that describes the story as cinematic, and I d agree with that I don t know enough about movie directors to draw an apt comparison, but I hope it will be sufficient to say that it could be a movie shown at IFC The way the sto [...]

    24. Listening night after night to rembetika is like being tattooed His writing style was hard for me to get into for a while and I almost put the book down 30% in It turned out to be a rare case where I m happy I followed through.The book is charmingly timeless I didn t know much about Berger and for a while I thought it was written in the first half of the century because of its experimental and unorthodox tone multiple narrators, stream of consciousness esque monologues, disregard for syntax when [...]

    25. Beautifully written and like nothing else I ve read before, To The Wedding still, unfortunately, failed to connect with me emotionally Whilst I found it an accessible enough read, the strange narrative style no punctuation to indicate speech, jumping between storyteller and subjects meant that I had to work too hard to keep track of the plot to invest in the characters I m afraid I didn t get why the tale was told by an old blind peddlar, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the people concerne [...]

    26. SPOILER ALERT I ve had this book on my shelf for several years and finally got around to reading it The setting is Europe at the turn of this century and the main event happens in Italy I had a hard time getting into the book but, I hung in there, and it did get better as it progressed I wasn t sure which character s narrative I was reading at times because it jumped around so much It isn t a light read because it s such a sad story about a young lady with AIDS who is determined not to marry her [...]

    27. A beautifully written tale, melancholic, non linear tale of a young girl discovering she has AIDS, her resistance to marrying her lover, her parents grief as they travel across Europe to her wedding and the fragility of human relationships The narrative structure is interesting, told through the eyes of a blind Greek market trader, and the reader never really knows whether what they are being told is real or a figment of the Greek s imagination.Either way, Berger weaves a moving story full of in [...]

    28. Berger s writing style reminds me a lot of that of Michael Ondaatje, who incidentally writes a little recommendation for this book on the back cover Just so beautifully poetic, and I feel as if he captures that European rhythm so well, I feel as if this was translated from another language And it was so oddly timeless too, I kept forgetting that this was supposed to be in a modern day setting My favourite part of the book were the bits where you got to see Ninon s character, and I almost wish Be [...]

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