Lilac and Flag ( Into Their Labours #3)
As Dickens and Balzac did for their time, so John Berger does for ours, rendering the movement of a people and the passing of a way of life in his masterwork, theInto Their Labourstrilogy. With Lilac and Flag, the Alpine village of the two earlier volumes has been forsaken for the mythic city of Troy. Here, amidst the shantytowns, factories, and opulent hotels, fading heri...more
There is the contrivance of the mythical city of Troy which felt forced, as did the sort of meta-story effect told by the old woman. There is still a lot of beauty and detail, but the first two books seem like a case of writing what you know and finding the myth within, and this book feels like a myth imposed. I'm disappointed to finish the series this way, but you can't win them all.
I should also confess a prejudice about char ...more
Zsuzsa/Lillà e Sucus/Bandiera vivono a Troia, si incontrano e si innamorano.
Berger inventa nomi meravigliosi per i suoi personaggi e per i suoi luoghi - sono posti che assomigliano a tutto il mondo e non appartengono a nessuna terra.
Mito, epos, amore, di questo sono piene le pagine di questo raro romanzo.
This was a completion of a beautiful trilogy of life in France. Lilac and Flag parallels Helen of Troy-greek stories, it was about love, it was a fable, a legend. In some of my reading I like to explore the boundaries of human nature, yet I have come to realize there really are no boundaries. France, a beautiful and amazing country entered into my fiction reading and carried on to make next choice after this which was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo.
Finished reading 'Lilac and Flag' first published in 1992 - I think it was a kind of prototype for John Berger's later 'King : A Street Story' in 1999 - a fantastic tale from a disintegrating Europe told by a dog called 'King', a companion of the homeless
Later he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter. Since then, his production has increa ...more