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A Fortunate Man

Cabinet fortunate sm“Landscapes can be deceptive. Sometimes a landscape seems to be less a setting for the life of its inhabitants than a curtain behind which their struggles, achievements and accidents take place. For those who, with the inhabitants, are behind the curtain, landmarks are no longer only geographic, but also biographical and personal.” The opening of John Berger‘s book A Fortunate Man (The Story of a Country Doctor). Set in the Forest in the 1960s, it tells of Dr John Sassal and gives a real glimpse into Forest life and what was changing at that time. Fascinating. The grainy black-and-white pictures by Jean Mohr are so atmospheric. In my mind this book connects with my earlier post  ‘Essence of Library’ as it talks about how universal ideals (in this case of social health care) play out locally. I am looking for a second-hand copy to include in the cabinet. 

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