Here Is Where We Meet: A Story of Crossing Paths
my favorite quotes:
"If you have to cry, he said, and sometimes you can't help it, if you have to cry, cry afterwards, never during! Remember this. Unless you're with those who love you, only those who love you, and in that case you're already lucky, for there are never many who love yo ...more
In engaging in the delightful fantasy that something like this might be truly possible, I would find myself asking much more considered questions; would find myself expressing all the things I ...more
Though critics can't agree exactly what genre Berger is working in ("autobiographical fiction, fictional autobiography, or maybe a hybrid of breviary, consecration, and ancestor worship," says Harper's), the praise for his writing comes so close to unanimity that classification seems beside the point. It's one thing to earn artistic freedom, something this British author has done with classic works of fiction (the trilogy Into Their Labors) and art criticism (About Looking and Ways of Seeing); i...more
"Life depends on finding cover," the narrator writes. "Everything hides. What has va ...more
The book starts and ends with a talk that the narrator has with his dead mother. At different places in ...more
Ero seduto su una panchina a leggere il mio libro.
Non mi sono accorto che un anziano signore si è seduto accanto a me.
Senza che io dicessi nulla, mi ha raccontato tutto intorno al libro che stavo leggendo, lo conosceva meglio di me che lo avevo in mano.
Mi ha consigliato che musica ascoltare mentre lo leggevo, che pittore ci sarebbe stato bene in copertina, che vino bere per festeggiarne la conclusione...
Parlava con calma, con gentilezza, senza alzare la voce, mi faceva sorrider ...more
Often what emanates from John Berger's work is an ethical force, where creation takes on the role as a binding element which coheres the ...more
All the chapters are set in different cities, and all put the main character in contact with a deceased person from his past. The Cracow chapter is quite good...wouldn't it be wonderful to be able to have another beer, j ...more
Without a narrative structure the book begins to lose itsel ...more
The book is a fiction, wound around the details of the author's life. He meets his dead mother and tells her he working on an autobiography.
She advises him not to, he will get it wrong
I have now finished it.
It is a wonderful, melodic book. A quiet meditation on the unspoken minutiae of the details in our relationships. There is a gossamer melancholy throughout, a sense of the frailty of life and the bonds we form. But this sa ...more
It's been years since I read "Ways of Seeing" for one of my art classes, and when a friend of mine got this for me, I was very excited to see something by Berger again.
It's an incredibly easy / fast read, and very interesting. There's not much subtext - it's pretty much all right there on the surface. Extremely accessible. Definitely makes me want to read more of his fiction.