“Some books are wings….”

In “A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader”, a compilation of thoughts from eminent people about books and reading, we read Rebecca Solinit:

“Nearly every book has the same architecture — cover, spine, pages — but you open them onto worlds and gifts far beyond what paper and ink are, and on the inside they are every shape and power.”

Rebecca goes on. “Some books are wings….Some books are medicine, bitter but clarifying. Some books are puzzles, mazes, tangles, jungles. Some long books are journeys, and at the end you are not the same person you were at the beginning. Some are handheld lights you can shine on almost anything.”

In Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life”, we read: “What a miracle it is that out of these small, flat, rigid squares of paper unfolds world after world after world, worlds that sing to you, comfort and quiet or excite you.”

Roald Dahl writes of the delightful girl, “Matilda”, close to five years young, living in a troubled, uncaring home, who discovers books.

“The books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives. She went on olden-day sailing ships with Joseph Conrad. She went to Africa with Ernest Hemingway and to India with Rudyard Kipling. She travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.”

Peace 😊

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