King: A Street Story

King A Street Story With the poetic acuity that renders his work timeless Booker Prize winning author John Berger brings us a hour chronicle of homelessness Beside a highway in a wasteland furnished with smashed tru

  • Title: King: A Street Story
  • Author: John Berger
  • ISBN: 9780375705342
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Paperback
  • With the poetic acuity that renders his work timeless, Booker Prize winning author John Berger brings us a 24 hour chronicle of homelessness Beside a highway, in a wasteland furnished with smashed trucks and broken washing machines, lives a vagrant community of once hopeful individuals, now abandoned by the twentieth century.King, our narrator, is the guardian of a homeleWith the poetic acuity that renders his work timeless, Booker Prize winning author John Berger brings us a 24 hour chronicle of homelessness Beside a highway, in a wasteland furnished with smashed trucks and broken washing machines, lives a vagrant community of once hopeful individuals, now abandoned by the twentieth century.King, our narrator, is the guardian of a homeless couple, stealing meat from the butcher and sharing the warmth of his flesh His canine sensibility affords him both amnesty from human hardship and rare insight into his companions lives Through his senses we see clearly and unsentimentally the dignity and strength that can survive within chaos and pain.

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    1. 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.

    2. 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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!

    7. 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.

    8. 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.

    9. 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.

    10. 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.

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

    12. 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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