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27-09-00 Heidi Christensen Hold B-00 Why literature will never die I had an experience of what reading literature can be like when I travelled in Kenya some years ago I was taking a bus from Nairobi to Mombasa an approximately 15 hour trip We had been driving for about an hour or so when a piece of paper was handed to me I took a closer look at the paper and realised it was the first page of an English paperback novel I looked around and noticed that in the seats in front of me everybody had a page of the novel when they finished the page they passed it to the person next to them I read my page and gave it to the woman sitting beside me and I received a new page I cant recall what the novel was about but I remember sharing the joy of reading the same book as the rest of the people on the bus and an interesting discussion of Kenyan and European society with the woman next to me When we arrived at the final destination the man who owned the book collected the pages and people disappeared Literature give the readers an opportunity to see through the same lens as the writer but leaves us to interpret the meaning the words You cannot ask the author of a novel what heshe wants to express in the text With this freedom to form our own interpretation of what we can use the written words to we can eg picture the what the characters look like and make the story more personal than in movies where the director has chosen the cast of characters for us But why bother reading the book when a director and his film crew have made an visual and auditory interpretation of the same story Though many people have exchanged reading books for watching TV
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