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C.S. Lewis on Reading

08 May

“Now there is a clear sense in which all reading whatever is an escape. It involves a temporary transference of the mind from our actual surroundings to things merely imagined or conceived. This happens when we read history or science no less than when we read fictions. All such escape is from the same thing; immediate, concrete actuality.”

C.S. Lewis from “An Experiment in Criticism”

I have always said that if you want to take a quick vacation, anytime or anywhere, just pick up a book. Whether it’s for 5 minutes or 5 hours, you’ll be in a different place and the everyday world will fade away. Always keep a book handy. I do.

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Posted by on May 8, 2012 in Ideas, Quotations

 

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2 responses to “C.S. Lewis on Reading

  1. Frances antoinette

    May 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

    It is kind of an innate characteristic that humans crave story…whether it be creating them or reading them. It’s why I love reading…and writing =)

     
    • Rob

      May 10, 2012 at 9:53 pm

      You’re exactly right. I read somewhere that humans live in story like fish live in water . . . or something to that effect. I appreciate your feedback.

       

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