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