King: A Street Story

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Pantheon Books, 1999 - Fiction - 189 pages
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In this book you will be led to a place you haven't been, from where few stories come. You will be led by King, a dog--or is he a dog?--to a wasteland beside the highway called Saint Valery. Here, at the end of the twentieth century, among smashed trucks, old boilers, and broken washing machines, live Liberto, Malak, Jack, Corinna, Danny, Anna, Joachim, Saul, Alfonso, and Vico and Vica.
Listen to King's voice as he tells a different kind of story: twenty-four hours pass and lives are lived. It is good to have survived another winter, for now it is spring, when the nights, though cold, are no longer harsh enough to kill. The wet season is over, and with it the hopelessness of damp. Today the sun will shine: of what else will the day be made?
King is at once a furious homage to the homeless and a lyrical meditation on language and experience. The bitter yet celebratory prose speaks to us all.

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User Review  - kirstiecat - LibraryThing

A fascinating on the street from the perspective of a dog. He is in his own way a literary version of a street photographer...a well written adventure and a different take on life. Read full review


User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

As usual from Berger (Isabelle, 1998, etc.), a deceptively simple tale—here, about a day in the life of a homeless couple and their German Shepard, on whom they rely—turns into a thing of eloquence ... Read full review


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About the author (1999)

John Berger is a novelist, storyteller, poet, screenwriter, and art critic. He is the author of many works of fiction and nonfiction, including To the Wedding, the Into Their Labours trilogy (Pig Earth, Once in Europa, and Lilac and Flag), About Looking, Ways of Seeing, and G., for which he won the Booker Prize. Berger lives in a small rural community in France.

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