Bento's Sketchbook (Vintage International) Paperback – 30 Aug 2016
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I admire and love John Berger's books. He writes about what is important, not just interesting. In contemporary English letters, he seems to me peerless; not since Lawrence has there been a writer who offers such attentiveness to the sensual world with responsiveness to the imperatives of conscience. He is a wonderful artist and thinker. --Susan Sontag --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Storyteller, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, John Berger is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years. His many books include Ways of Seeing, the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours, Here Is Where We Meet, the Booker Prize-winning novel G, and, most recently, the Man Booker-longlisted From A to X. He lives in France. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The book is constructed of three elements: Berger's drawings; quotations from the works of Spinoza; and Berger's prose reflections, which revolve around the art of perception and the practice of drawing, the lives of persons he has met and others he has encountered only in paintings or the pages of books. Stitching these disparate elements together is the armature of Berger's view of the world, which is profoundly political and yet humane; and Spinoza's conviction that the world is a single timeless substance, in which all experience is potentially available simultaneously. The result is a meditation on human experience that approaches certain religious perspectives without explicitly invoking the divine.
'Bento's Sketchbook' is a relatively brief book, but the mosaic or collage structure, which forces the reader to move between reading and seeing and thinking, encourages a slow encounter and frequent pauses for reflection. Berger is less impressive as a draughtsman than as a writer; but there is a resonance between text and images that amplifies both.
Not perhaps the place, then, to begin with Berger. But readers already familiar with the cast of his mind will find this a characteristic and satisfying book.
- This book does both.
Wow. Another masterpiece of observation, drawing and emotional consciousness.
Truly through the door of human perception.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I kinda fell in love Berger! This book is so brilliant! Easy to buy and quick service received within days of purchase! Highly highly recommend! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jodders
As another reviewer has said - "self indulgent, patchy and pretentious". I was drawn in by a quick peek and the loose sketches, but note that the reviewers review the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Shuttleworth
it's OK. Berger's other books are much more memorable. the drawings + dialogues are interesting to some degree, but not uber inspiring. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2013 by cj