Bento's Sketchbook

by John Berger.

A compelling mix of journal, reminiscences, sketches, and art theory.

Bento's Sketchbook

I bought this book on a hunch, having seen the artist John Berger in a TV interview. I thought he sounded interesting.

It's a strange but compelling book. A mix of journal, reminiscences, sketches, and art theory. The title is inspired by the lost sketchbook(s) of the seventeenth-century philosopher Baruch Spinoza-generally known as Benedict (or Bento) de Spinoza.

I enjoyed the book a lot, reading it in one sitting. In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I immediately ordered a second copy for a friend for their birthday.

Postscript (March 2015): I have just re-read Bento's Sketchbook. It is still very enjoyable.

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