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To the Wedding Paperback – March 19, 1996
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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"To the Wedding" is narrated by a blind Greek street-peddler. He sells tamata, small metal charms supposed to bring relief to those who suffer. One day, a man stops at the stall to buy a tama for his daughter. "Where is she suffering?" the peddler asks. "Everywhere," the father replies. He buys a tama and goes on his way. The street peddler never meets him, or his daughter, again. But he tells us a story about the girl, Ninon, and the preparations for her marriage to a man called Gino.
This is a love story, but it is also much more. The more I reflect upon it, the more I get out of it, and I'm sure I would gain an even deeper appreciation upon reading it a second time. It explores what it means to love someone, the relationship of sex and love, and different ways to approach life in the face of knowledge of one's own mortality. If you know you are going to die in only a few years, what do you do? How do you live your life in the time between now and then? And is love in the present dependent on the possibility of having a future, or is it unconditional, in the moment?Read more ›
The couple decides to marry but before they do human weakness steps in and irrevocably alters the future they had planed. Neither conventional wisdom nor anyone who knows either member of the couple believes the wedding should take place. The bride to be is amongst those who wish to see the union forever cancelled. Gino is the only person willing to see through what his love for this woman has become for him, a commitment without condition.
The Author surrounds this couple with all the variants of marriage. He includes the innocent moments that lead to the first shared intimacies, and he has the unions that have failed to overcome the difficulties they encountered. Throughout this process he forces the reader to make some difficult observations either personally or through a given character they may identify with. The Wedding that is supposed to take place is like a vortex drawing all the participants and observers to the main event, the core. When all the players have made their own journeys, Gino is no longer the odd man out.Read more ›
Berger weaves the longings and fears of people, like you and I, wrestling with living, meeting and knowing, carving some faith out of this world. I purposely abstain from telling the story in concrete terms. I leave it to you to discover it and paint their lives with your own colors.
This is about a story of faith, faith on love and its simplicity and depth. Faith on another whose faith is offered to us. Berger's narration is a lesson to every writer who ever long to disappear behind his or her words. A gift to every reader hungering for the beauty and warmth of true language. In times, like ours, when self-reflection is invaded by the jargon of self-help, and everyone seems to sound like everyone else--pain a! nd experience stripped from their detail--John Berger gives us people with souls and doubts and joys of their own.
If this book doesn't make you better, it sure will make you kinder.
PS: You can find my in-depth review at mysticsoftheordinary.com
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I think this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read. But it is not about what you think. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jerry Mosing
Loved this book, especially the second half, pure poetry, wonderful descriptions, touching ending. Stay with it, it's worth it.Published on August 11, 2014 by Pthree
I have just finished reading this book about a young woman who is planning to get married. Something is wrong. She is not well. Read morePublished on November 24, 2013 by josephine briggs
I'm conflicted. The book was very well written with similes and metaphores fresh and vibrant. It was "hard to read" because the narrator was clairvoyant and spoke in the... Read morePublished on August 29, 2013 by LZSOB
John Berger is one of the best unknown writers on the planet. This book shows him in his element, writing about France and Italy in a way only he can. Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by Blusuede
This is an amazing novella about love and heartbreak,
more poetry than traditional narrative.
It is a story of the blooming of love between a man
and a woman. Read more
Berger's To the Wedding magically extends the author's critical vision which he has elaborated in both Ways of Seeing and On Looking. Read morePublished on November 17, 2005 by Mark DeRespinis
I am going to be the lone voice in the wilderness... I could not get into this book, could not make it past the first thirty pages. Read morePublished on July 1, 2002 by Leigh Munro
This book is both beautiful and devestating. It is lyric and direct. Heart wrneching and hopeful. This book is contradictory and yet realistic in its contradictions. Read morePublished on January 27, 2002 by Erin