Review: John Berger’s “To the Wedding”
What with the Greek odyssey-style narrative, and the wedding theme, this was the perfect read for the week of the Big Greek Farm Wedding. I’d read Berger’s art criticism before, but had never come across his novels: now I understand the high praise he’s received from various co-readers of mine. To the Wedding is of how to love Ninon, a 23-year-old nymph of a woman dying of SIDA (AIDS) in the mid-1990s. Ninon’s lovers are her Italian husband-to-be Gino, her French father Jean Ferrero, and her Czech mother Zdena. A slim but by no means slight novel, simply beautiful, in fact. Do read it. Well recommended.
Where it came from: Gift from MOD
Time and manner of reading: Library and bed reads
Where it went: CP
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to: Readers after the beautiful and contemplative
Also reading: Rabbit #4; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Seven Sisters of the Pleiades by Munya Andrews; The Golden Dress by Marion Halligan