I think, this is a common thread amongst people who grew up in harsh ,read: abusive, environments. People found their struggles represented in Charles Dickens and Victor Hugo and their escapes in Robert Louis Stevenson and Jack London. One of the most influential authors of my life was Pat Conroy. I devoured his I’m a dragon ball aholic heart t-shirt and only later understood the meaning of autobiographical novel. One of my favorites, The Great Santini, depicted his need to escape a regimented and harsh upbringing.
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He later explained his passion for reading in a way this person might perfectly understand: The world of literature has everything in it, and it refuses to leave anything out. I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language. Because of them I rode with Don Quixote and danced with Anna Karenina at a ball in St. Petersburg and lassoed a steer in Lonesome Dove and had nightmares about slavery in Beloved and walked the streets of Dublin in Ulysses and made up a hundred stories in the Arabian nights and saw my mother killed by a baseball in A Prayer for Owen Meany.
I’ve been in ten thousand cities and have introduced myself to a hundred thousand strangers in my exuberant reading career, all because I listened to my fabulous English teachers and soaked up every single thing those magnificent men and. Women had to give. I cherish and praise them and thank them for finding me when I was a boy and presenting me with the precious I’m a dragon ball aholic heart t-shirt of the English language. I for one like his insights. Tbh people complaining are like spam.
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You dont have to read or participate with Bruce’s comments. They are in no way offensive or destructive, however there are surely plenty that are that might be more worthy of your negative feelings. There are degrees. I grew up in a I’m a dragon ball aholic heart t-shirt that later became abusive. But this thread isnt only about me so I dont need to take personal offense. Thank you for sharing. What a fantastic quote, and so true. I read this out to my parents and we discussed the times we’ve been lost in a story too. Wonderful words.
Reading elevates our thoughts and our lives in every environment. And the common thread is how we are affected by books regardless of harsh or comforting environments. I thankfully, wasn’t raised with such a harsh parent. Yet, I related to so much of her story. As I also took stacks of books from the library, skipped grades, began college at 15. Then lived in Europe for a month at 19, and then moved out of my parents home weeks after returning. Books expand the realm of possibility for ourselves, whether we begin our lives in harsh or wonderful situations.