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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (621 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John Berger Narrator: Alexandra Fuller Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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In To the Wedding, John Berger offers us a sharply modern situation set in the traditionally pastoral and idyllic background of rural Europe. Beautiful, vibrant Ninon falls in love and becomes engaged to a young Italian, Gino, but soon before their wedding she discovers that she has contracted HIV through a brief encounter several years earlier. She tries to break the engagement but Gino, in an act of passionate and redemptive love, insists that the marriage will occur.

The wedding itself, celebrated in a little village on the Po delta, becomes a magical feast in which all the novel's lost and searching souls, including Ninon's grieving father, Jean, and her mother, Zdena, a Slovakian intellectual who left Jean and Ninon many years earlier, are drawn into the joyful circle and regenerated by the power of Gino and Ninon's timeless love. Berger demonstrates that even the cruelest fate can be endured and even transcended through courage, love, and determination. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/19/2014

    " well, i loved the back of this book - it sounded like a great story BUT when I started reading it I just couldn't get into it. I am not sure if it started going back and forth in time but it lost me.....it is now posted on paperbackswap.com "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leni Rayburn | 2/4/2014

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Risa | 1/30/2014

    " a bit hard to stay with (and probably best read in one sitting) BUT so beautifully written - almost poetry. Dealing with imminent death (HIV) from an unusual perspective "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 tammy | 1/30/2014

    " beautifully written, it draws its appeal from the authors wonderful prose and descriptive language. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 morgan machledt | 1/25/2014

    " About living with AIDS and facing the uncertainties of living into one's own dying... I found this book to be stunning. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will2 | 1/20/2014

    " A difficult POV to keep track of but beautifully written. Story of a family coming back together for the poignant, painful wedding of the daughter. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice | 7/28/2013

    " Stunning. So beautiful. A piece of art. In my top five for sure. One of those books that makes me feel better knowing it's in the same room that I am. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 heartful | 11/29/2012

    " One of my all time favourites, a beautiful book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sylvie | 10/26/2012

    " A beautiful and deeply moving book from a very gifted writer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Claudia | 9/29/2012

    " Bittersweet, visceral, and lovely with many poetic and vivid descriptions. Reads like a dream, in a style reminiscent of Virginia Woolf. There are romantic and tragic parts, but they are expressed with simplicity and sincerity. A worthwhile read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anneli | 8/11/2012

    " Another of my "best books of all time" - lyrical, moving and tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Holly | 4/18/2012

    " Beautifully written and heartbreakingly sad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britton | 2/29/2012

    " The man narrator is a blind man, weaving together the stories of several people in an affectionate and slightly detached way. The book works up to a beautiful climax that is full of emotion and imagery. Sad and lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allie | 1/12/2012

    " Really enjoyed this slender novel. Moving and deep, it touched an emotional nerve for me and I found myself in tears at the end. The description on the book sounded overblown to me... but it is actually quite accurate. Ninon and Gino's love story is one that you won't forget for a while! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David Johnson | 10/11/2011

    " The way he collapses time in the final chapter is masterful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sze | 9/7/2011

    " or re-reading i should say. absolutely magical. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aichlee | 4/29/2011

    " i read this when i was into reading beautifully tragic books...it's a good read though. another AIDS-related book to add to my proposed course list... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angel | 12/3/2010

    " He writes like a painter. Little precise dabs and then you stand back and see a complete picture. This is a heart-breaking one. But somehow you end up full of feeling rather than empty. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette | 10/29/2010

    " It's not the story that sticks with me as much as the feeling of overwhelming melancholy that seeped through the pages as I read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monika | 10/22/2010

    " This book was not what I thought it would be after reading the back cover. Better than I expected, although at times I wasn't completely sure whose view point we were getting. Sad but the compassion makes it joyous. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heidi | 9/26/2010

    " Daughter gets AIDS from unprotected sex but find a man who will love her still. Parents devastated. The wedding itself is a celebration of life and her new husband's devotion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Aimie | 8/25/2010

    " Even more incredible the second time around, and it's been 15 years since my first reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monika | 7/8/2010

    " This book was not what I thought it would be after reading the back cover. Better than I expected, although at times I wasn't completely sure whose view point we were getting. Sad but the compassion makes it joyous. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvie | 6/28/2010

    " A beautiful and deeply moving book from a very gifted writer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Heather | 6/25/2010

    " It was written in the first person, but the narrator kept changing. I was not in the mood. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Loucindy | 11/7/2009

    " Reads more like a poem than a novel. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Moxie | 10/14/2009

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Colette | 6/8/2009

    " It's not the story that sticks with me as much as the feeling of overwhelming melancholy that seeped through the pages as I read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Britton | 6/3/2009

    " The man narrator is a blind man, weaving together the stories of several people in an affectionate and slightly detached way. The book works up to a beautiful climax that is full of emotion and imagery. Sad and lovely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rachael | 5/30/2009

    " The language here was beautiful, but for some reason the story just didn't catch with me as well as it could have. I think it's because the point of view wanders, making the intensity of the wedding's tragedy a bit hard to hang on to. Still, really wonderful "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Will2 | 3/25/2009

    " A difficult POV to keep track of but beautifully written. Story of a family coming back together for the poignant, painful wedding of the daughter. "

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