Friday, February 10, 2012
The Sanctuary of Reading
Just thought I'd leave you with a few lines from two books that are favourites of mine. The first is "The Shadow of the Wind" by Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
"This is a place of mystery, Daniel, a sanctuary. Every book, every volume you see here, has a soul. The soul of the person who wrote it and those who read it and lived and dreamed with it. Every time a book changes hands, every time someone runs his eyes down its pages, its spirit grows and strengthens....In this place, books no longer remembered by anyone, books that are lost in time, live forever, waiting for the day when they will reach a new reader's hand. In the shop we buy and sell them but in truth books have no owner. Every book you see here has been somebody's best friend. Now they only have us."
"....few things leave a deeper mark on a reader than the first book that finds its way into his heart. Those first images, the echo of words we think we have left behind, accompany us throughout our lives and sculpt a place in our memory to which, sooner or later - no matter how many books we read, how many worlds we discover, or how much we learn or forget- we will return."
The other book is "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy" by Gary D. Schmidt. I love this passage, again about books.
"Turner" he said, "books can be fire, you know." "Fire?" "Fire. Books can ignite fires in your mind, because they carry ideas for kindling, and art for matches."
Ever wonder what books in a bookstore or library do when humans aren't around? .....Check out this YouTube video: