King.

King The Terrain is used as a dump Smashed lorries Old boilers Broken washing machines Rotary lawn mowers Refrigerators which don t make cold any Wash basins which are cracked There are also bushes and sma

  • Title: King.
  • Author: John Berger
  • ISBN: 9783596148318
  • Page: 125
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Terrain is used as a dump Smashed lorries Old boilers Broken washing machines Rotary lawn mowers Refrigerators which don t make cold any Wash basins which are cracked There are also bushes and small trees and tough flowers like pheasant s eye and viper s grass In John Berger s powerful novel King, the Terrain is also home to a small community of the dis The Terrain is used as a dump Smashed lorries Old boilers Broken washing machines Rotary lawn mowers Refrigerators which don t make cold any Wash basins which are cracked There are also bushes and small trees and tough flowers like pheasant s eye and viper s grass In John Berger s powerful novel King, the Terrain is also home to a small community of the dispossessed Here, a stone s throw from a highway somewhere in France, in shelters constructed out of detritus, live Jack and Marcello, old Corinna and Liberto, Joachim and Anna, and Danny and Saul Here also live Vica and Vico, an elderly couple and couples are a rarity among the homeless and their dog, King It is King who narrates this day in the life narrative, and Berger has endowed him with the ability to understand and be understood Lying beside the chestnut brazier, something came to me between the ears the world is so bad, God has to exist I asked Vico what he thought Most people, he said quickly, would draw the opposite conclusion What makes King such a singular creation is that despite his philosophical bent and communicative skills, there is nothing anthropomorphic about him He thinks, behaves, and reacts like a dog, albeit a dog who ponders the existence of the Almighty Animals are not sentimental, and neither is Berger His human characters are irrevocably damaged, their lives verge on the unbearable, and their attempts to create family and community at the edges of society are eventually thwarted There can be no happy ending to this street story, but Berger is after something bigger than making his readers feel good Instead he shines a spotlight on a world we would prefer to ignore, using the love that Vica, Vico, and King feel for each other to illuminate a humanity that is all too often overlooked King is not an easy book to read, but it is impossible to forget Alix Wilber

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    1. John Peter Berger was an English art critic, novelist, painter and author His novel G won the 1972 Booker Prize, and his essay on art criticism Ways of Seeing, written as an accompaniment to a BBC series, is often used as a college text.Later he was self exiled to continental Europe, living between the french Alps in summer and the suburbs of Paris in winter Since then, his production has increased considerably, including a variety of genres, from novel to social essay, or poetry One of the most common themes that appears on his books is the dialectics established between modernity and memory and loss, Another of his most remarkable works has been the trilogy titled Into Their Labours, that includes the books Pig Earth 1979 , Once In Europa 1983 Lilac And Flag 1990 With those books, Berger makes a meditation about the way of the peasant, that changes one poverty for another in the city This theme is also observed in his novel King, but there he focuses in the rural diaspora and the bitter side of the urban way of life.

    2. When I received this book from a friend, he warned me that the end was devastating. In its way, it is. But the entire thing is a work of wonder. Empathy doesn't get much more exacting than this, and the late John Berger brought precisely the right touch to the proceedings.

    3. John Berger has a sparse, uncomplicated, writing style, and the matter-of-fact way he discloses unexpected details can be devastating. For example, on the second page you are jolted with this:"A month ago a gang of kids poured petrol over an old manwho was sleeping in a street behind the Central Stationand then they threw a match on to him. He woke up in flames."The book chronicles the events of a single day in the life of a homeless couple called Vica and Vico, as seen through the eyes of King [...]

    4. Rating this book caused me a lot of internal conflict. And now here it is with its not-so-fancy two-star rating and you're probably wondering, "Well, Charlie, you obviously weren't impressed, so why the conflict?"My explanation is this:Berger is an amazing writer. Some of the lines in this book are so beautifully written that I wish I'd kept King at its original three-star rating. But the problem is that when all was said and done, the quality of the writing didn't knock me over more than the ch [...]

    5. From the perspective of a dog, Berger offers a view of the world from the bottom. King, a street dog, has found his home among the marginalized who have built a small makeshift neighborhood in the un-"developed" space adjacent to a freeway. Beyond creating a narrative that focuses mainly on what King sees, hears, and smells along with his daily telepathic conversations with Vica and Vico, his owners so to speak, Berger weaves a pointed criticism of the modern dog-eat-dog society. In this piece o [...]

    6. My friend Colleen gave this book to me. The narrator, a dog in England, describes his relationships with the people he lives with - a group of homeless folks squatting on land between a motorway and the sea. Very interesting. Memorable line occurs on page 73, when the character Vico, commenting on pillars carved into the likeness of naked women, said, "They were a signof a confident civilization which displayed in public art what it liked to enjoy in secret." I thought this book was rich in both [...]

    7. I felt that this book got better towards the end. It took a while for me to feel much connection with the characters, even by the end I felt more of a connection with the concept of their home rather than the people themselves I think. It wasn't necessarily a book that I always wanted to pick up, but there were some lovely poetic paragraphs throughout. The end was both emotive and made me think - both good things!

    8. For those who've read Pig Earth and Once in Europa, this is a dark extension of the story of Europe's transformation over the course of the 20th century. In his haunting, lyrical way, Berger manages to tell the story of a squatter community on the outskirts of a coastal city from the point of view of a dog. A sad and disturbing story, perhaps even more timely as temporary encampments grow up to house refugees - but, as always, beautifully told.

    9. düğüne kadar olmasa da incelikli, yürek burkan bir hikayesi var. bana trt'nin ömür dediğin programını anımsattı okurken. düşüş, yok oluş, çaresizlik ve pişmanlık gibi yaşlılığa özgü olumsuz duygular iyi ifade edilmiş.

    10. A piece of post-apocalyptic poetry, King gives us a glimpse into the souls of shanty-town dwellers and their tugs of war between what they once savored and what they now endure. Narrated by a dog, King peels away artifice to serve us the heart of Saint-Valery's denizens.

    11. A fascinating read.fe on the street from the perspective of a dog. He is in his own way a literary version of a street photographera well written adventure and a different take on life.

    12. About a homeless camp in some European city, possibly Lisbon, told from the point of view of a dog. Great dog!

    13. Dog poetry. If I liked poetry I would probably like this book whole lot more. Although it's fun to imagine a dog with a british accent.

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