It is quite unusual to see reflected in the pages of fiction the profound ideas put forth in scholarly nonfiction, to see an aesthetic thesis with political overtones "made flesh," so to speak. This is what I found in "G," and its fellow traveler, "Ways of Seeing," both by the inimitable John Berger.
The novel is written as a series of snapshots in the life of a singular individual born out of wedlock during Victorian times and who comes of age during the lead-up to the First World War. These are interspersed with short expository sections which attempt to explain what happens to the man, and man he most definitely is.
Historical events seem peripheral to the actual human beings who inhabit the pages of this fascinating study of sexual politics on the most intimate of scales.
Even more interesting is how prevailing thought and understanding of larger societal issues pervade both the storyline and its expository foundations, and even the contrast with our current views lends further value to the work as an example of our evolving present circumstances in art and life.
This book won the 1972 Booker, but is too dated to read in the 21st century.
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