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Hold Everything Dear by John Berger
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Aug 19, 2008

Recommended for: Chris and Jim

I think, though I'm probably wrong, this is a mediation on freedom. It's the more lucid and realistic novel I've read of Berger's (though I've only read one other , which is probably my favorite book ever). His landscape isn't much sullied, or gloified, by the unconcious. This is how the realist poet should write; it attempts to understand the sadness and sometimes desperate empathy people usually keep hidden without talking about it directly. Isn't that the job of a minimalist, mostly because it so accurately reflects real life? How do we bring to the forefront real change, or should we? Berger aptly states, "Survival is the worst part of the human condition." Is fear the only thing catapulting us toward change? Is freedom any good if we are always afraid?

Someone please tell me because I'm still searching for answers to Berger's questions.
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