To the Wedding

ISBN: 0747525749
ISBN 13: 9780747525745
By: John Berger

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Reader's Thoughts

Lynne Norman

Beautifully written and like nothing else I've read before, 'To The Wedding' still, unfortunately, failed to connect with me emotionally. Whilst I found it an accessible enough read, the strange narrative style - no punctuation to indicate speech, jumping between storyteller and subjects - meant that I had to work too hard to keep track of the plot to invest in the characters. I'm afraid I didn't 'get' why the tale was told by an old blind peddlar, who had nothing whatsoever to do with the people concerned. I also found it hard to distinguish one voice from another - they all sounded very similar. I did enjoy the description of the wedding itself and there were moments when I did feel genuinely moved - particularly by the grieving parents - but overall it's not a book that resonated with me.


I picked this for book club since the guy at Diesel raved about it. Usually I like Diesel's recommendations...a lot. I didn't get what all the hype was about. I just did not feel these characters at all. I didn't even finish the book because I didn't think it was worth my time and it's not a very long book or difficult to read. My book club felt the same way. Whoa! I see no other reviewer feels the way I do. Maybe I should re-read it and finish it this time.


Ten huwelijk is een moderne vertelling rondom de onvergankelijke thema’s als liefde, dood, schuld en boete. Een prachtige roman over een gedoemde liefde. Al maakt Berger het de lezer niet makkelijk door voortdurend van tijd, plaats en verteller te wisselen. De wirwar van verhaallijnen die hier een gevolg van is, ontneemt de lezer soms het zicht op de schoonheid van het verhaal. Maar wie volhardt, wordt beloond met een grootse viering van het leven.Zie voor een uitgebreidere recensie:

Ferhat Karaağaç

Masalsı bir anlatımı var kitabın. Dibine kadar gerçekçi, vurucu sahneleri de .. Alt metinde, hangi karaktetle özdeşleştirirsen özdeşleştir kendini, direnme eylemi yatıyor. Gino, Ninon direniyor...!

Leni Rayburn

The structure of the novel is unique; the omniscient "frame narrator" tells the story of Nonin & her beloved Gino & their circuitous path to marriage. This narrator, peddler of religious medals is only peripheral to the story he tells. Nonin & her mother are also characters who "see" the stories of others. In the telling of her beautiful country wedding, he weaves in the story of Nonin's last days & the loving devotion of her husband.

Patricia Florio

This was an interesting book. I did get confused at times the way the book was laid out and the story told by the blind man. I guess you could say he was an unreliable narrator. But he seemed to have a handle on the town's story, which was of a wedding, one that couldn't be stopped by the AIDS virus. I admired the determination of the groom to marry the love of his life over his future wife's health controversy.

Joe Williams

I can't add much to what's already been said both good and bad about this book. Parts of it were wonderful: Jean in the shack by the river, giving the boys motorcycle rides. What did it mean? I don't care; it was fun to read. Parts were almost haunting. Poetic? Almost lyrical?The shifting perspective was jarring but enjoyable. I appreciated the attempt. What will I remember about this book in six months? I don't know but I enjoyed it.This book was a book-club selection and it will be interesting to hear what others have to say about it.

Randy Cauthen

This book kicks ass.One of the best, most moving novels I've read in years. I was choked up through the whole last 30 pages. Go read it.

Linda Knight

I think the after effects of this book will continue to grow on me for some time - a really beautifully written narrative that floats and collides, weaving characters, histories, times in the telling of a wedding. I love Berger's academic texts, and was keen to read a work of fiction. It was really a wonderful experience.


I'm sure some people loved this book (like the woman who wrote the foreword in my copy) but I just didn't 'get it'!I didn't like how it was written and the words just didn't flow for me. The lack of punctuation was odd and with some sections I didn't even know who was speaking. I even checked to see if the author was foreign and it may have just been a bad translation.I've been generous and given it 3 stars because I guess I'm a romantic and I approved that Ninon & Gino got together in the end but on the whole I didn't really get the point of the story.

Owen Curtsinger

Every time I pick up a John Berger novel, I think that I'll love it, but every time I try to read a John Berger novel, I can never finish; I get lost and confused by the seemingly irrelevant snippets of images that bubble up. Adding to that is the feeling that the narrative style is so soft that it doesn't drive with a serious plea for the reader to try and make sense of any of those images. The result is that certain elements and images will pass by unnoticed until I've realized that I've read six pages without really being able to recall what's happened.I really want to like his novels, and I know I could if I was in the right mindset, and I've tried several times with his "most accessible" novels, but the magic hasn't happened yet.


A beautifully written tale, melancholic, non-linear tale of a young girl discovering she has AIDS, her resistance to marrying her lover, her parents' grief as they travel across Europe to her wedding and the fragility of human relationships. The narrative structure is interesting, told through the 'eyes' of a blind Greek market trader, and the reader never really knows whether what they are being told is real or a figment of the Greek's imagination.Either way, Berger weaves a moving story full of incredible imagery and almost-poetic prose. The final scene, the wedding of the title, is fantastically realised, and the way he flits between the wedding and Ninon's fate is utterly masterful.Highly recommended but be warned; it is difficult to get your head around to start with.


Poetic, lyrical in some ways...completely emotional. Probably the best review of this book is on the back cover, a quote from Michael Ondaatje "Wherever I live in the world, I know I will have this book with me." It's important to carry around the books you love and this one definitely made an impression on me both times I read it.


Such a special book. It's hard to have your heart in the right place as a storyteller, to love people and hate what we do to the world and to each other. Berger deftly maneuvers to create this perfect melancholic space to hold the kind of joy he wants to summon. It's a rite of renewal in the form of a book. Sometimes Berger misses with his novels, maybe even most of the time, but when he hits he hits.


This was one of the worst reads I've had in a long time. It was slow, difficult to tell who was narrating, and did not provide you enough insight into any of the main characters for you to care about then, and then it got super depressing. Ick.

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