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A Fortunate Man: The Story of a Country Doctor (Vintage International) Paperback – 1 Sep 1997
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"In 1967 A Fortunate Man marked the most significant step forward in the collaboration of a writer and photographer since Let us Now Praise Famous Men by Walker Evans and James Agee. Incredibly, it still does . . . A masterpiece" (GEOFF DYER)
"It's one of my favourite books in the world, an ongoing inspiration as to how books should be written (and photography used)" (ALAIN de BOTTON)
"A genuine tour de force . . .The intimate portrait of one man and his microscopic world reveals the faults and strains of a whole society" (OBSERVER)
"I only wish I could do justice in a few words to the richness that makes this book so compelling" (GUARDIAN)
"John Berger 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" (SUSAN SONTAG)
"A book about caring that will make you care, and a book about deep healing that may heal your soul. It is also, almost 50 years on, uncannily timely" (SIMON GARFIELD)
"This disturbingly beautiful book will continue to haunt you long after you have set it aside" (RICHARD HOLLOWAY)
"This extraordinary book unravels the tangled branches of the everyday to reveal the brightness within. It inspires me to think more slowly, more deeply, to wear acquired knowledge lightly, to open my senses more fully to the wonders in the plain and close-at-hand" (JAMES MEEK)
"A masterpiece of witness; a three-way meditation on humanity, society and the value of healing" (GAVIN FRANCIS) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Berger's exploration of what it means to heal, now inducted into the Canons series nearly fifty years after its first publication --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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John Berger writes about a living, real person. In his own career of a rather isolated rural doctor John Sassall reveals his own hopes, pains, sufferings, struggles as a human being ,similar to his patients. He interacts with them in a deep psychological and human contact not far away from being compassion and love in a deep sense. Freud used the same word -love- as the feeling developing in the patient-psychoanalyst relationship. Some very few professionals know exactly what it is and are able to use it (M.Balint, is an excellent writer regarding medical profession) and here is where Bernanos priest can also be compared with Berger's GP, where both men act and work in a philosophical level: compassion and love, almost sacred words part of Christianity and St. Paul's message.
(Did we all, adults , forgot "our" doctor of our childhood ? They are now disappeared, but not the beautiful memories, of simple long illnesses, warm bed ridden days, Mother worried, some soft menthol perfumes, and the arrival of Our doctor, his kindness, his tenderness, his warmth.-) Here, we find Doctor Sassall, becoming part of the families, visiting and taking care of young lives in distress, of very seriously ill people, of persons in their last minutes of live and giving them the necessary treatment, responsibility, attention, comprehension.
But ,together with those excellent photos by Jean Mohr, there is still an interwoven development of all these items plus the doctor's personality, as an essay inside a book ,the whole perhaps pretending to be an interesting investigation on life. But "Sassall needs his unsatisfied quest for certainty and his uneasy sense of unlimited responsibility": just as the author. Therefore after a little more than the half of this book,John Berger suddenly changing voice and style, starts developing his own ideas in a long non-transparent endless monologue.
I read this book for the first time, years ago and was impressed by the beauty of the first part. To day I will still talk about a very good book on the "love your neighbor" admiring concept -specially nowadays- and with a certain poetical and beautiful essence.
Just not perfectly finished , but dignified and useful for the soul benefit! One of those rare books that makes you face humanity with a little more love..I very much recommend it !
City and the village is clear, whilst the close relationship between the Doctor and his community, and the private
nature of a deeply committed individual is described sensitively.
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