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Read for Your Life: Literature as a Life Support System
Mr Gold adroitly and expertly advocates the necessity of reading in our lives. Actually he goes as far as claiming that reading is a biological necessity in the same way as eating is. Reading is thinking, imagining, understanding, feeling and healing. It is an activity that is far from an escape or an avoidance of reality because it provides the reader the necessary relief ...more
Paperback, 210 pages
Published September 17th 2001 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside
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This book was mostly about how reading fiction can be a fabulous way to work through issues. And he talked about big issues (child abuse, divorce, etc.) that can be opened up with fiction reading. But for me, the biggest message was that it's okay to have feelings about books. Even negative feelings. Maybe especially the negative ones. Until now, I've been putting down (throwing) books that bring up negative emotions for me, but now I think I'll be exploring those a little more.
“If you read a story that really involves you, your body will tell you that you are living through the experience. You will recognize feelings that have physical signs - increased heart rate, sweaty palms, or calm, relaxed breathing and so on, depending on your mood. These effects are the same you would feel in similar real-life experiences - fear, anger, interest, joy, shame or sadness. Amazingly, you can actually 'live' experience without moving anything but your eyes across a page.”More quotes…