I am among those likely to say, I have not seen the movie but I have read the book! Yes, I have this long-standing love affair with the written word. In the good books of the world, I find my so-called "metaphysics in a teacup". Yeah, some would ask, why read fiction to think about the world?
As for me, I read for the dazzle it brings to my imagination, I devour the pages for the verbal splendour, to get lost in the nimble narrative like a restless river that seeks the open sea. But more than that -- to seek wisdom within the treasures of the breadth of human experience in space and time....to attempt to lead, if only deep within, what they call the life of the mind which to me, is appallingly exciting.
While our primal needs are for food, clothing and shelter -- I have long ago determined that books, travel and entertainment are for keeping JOY alive.Now as to books -- Other than fiction, I read biographies, ethics, anthropology, art criticisms, thelogy and metaphysics. I read the Bible and am in awe of the Almighty's monologue in the Book of Job.
I read Homer, Shakespeare, Hemingway, Joyce, Kafka, Steinbeck, Kundera, Salinger, Nabokov, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis. I love the book by Eli Wiesel and those penned by Gabriel Marquez. I also go for other contemporary writers -- even the really goofy series on shopaholics and just-not-in-to-yous. My muse -- e.e. cummings, and T.S. Elliot. I love an Edna St. Vincent Millay and savor a Maria Rainier Rilke. Well, all these over the years and not too many at the same time.
As a young girl growing up in a poor family from countryside
Yes, I am getting to be a bit techy but when it comes down to it -- I am such a bookworm, more than anything. And yep I do google and yahooo...)))))) but my undying quote would still be "to die, to sleep... perchance, to dream..." (Hamlet, Shakespeare) !