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Sample Narrative Essay about a Recently Read Book

Posted on August 15, 2017 by EssayShark

What Is the Last Book You Read That You Thought “This Is Going to Become a Classic”?

Sample Narrative Essay

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane: A Buried Treasure and Hidden “Classic”

I recently read a book that was timeless “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” by Kate DiCamillo. The book tells the story of a china toy rabbit who is separated from his girl, to his annoyance, and finds himself caught up on a journey where he is moved from home to home while he is broken and lost in despair until he finds his girl again. Though a book for children to enjoy, it also underpins the age-old lesson of being grateful for what you have. This book won a literature children’s award decades ago, but I never would have learned of it if I hadn’t been looking for an ideal book for my daughter. So, it begs the question, what makes a book a “classic”?

Daniel Johnson (1995), argues that “each classic is, by definition, unique and sui generis” (a class of its own). Johnson goes on to claim that western society has proven that a classic belongs in two distinct categories: archetypal or analytical. If this argument is solid to use as a comparable circumstance for determining classical literature, then indeed “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” would qualify as an archetypal classic. The reoccurring symbol or pattern within the story of the china rabbit is the idea of being grateful for what you have and that “there’s no place like home.”

Emer O’Sullivan, an expert who won the International Research Society for Children’s Literature Award for Outstanding Research in August 2001, has published her own thoughts on what makes a classic. O’Sullivan, in her original book “Kinderliterarische Komparastik” which was translated and republished as “Comparative Children’s Literature” (2005), notes how children’s classics come from three sources: (1) appropriations of adult works; (2) adaptations from traditional (usually oral) narratives; and (3) works written specifically for children. By this standard then, DiCamillo’s book would indeed be a classic work as it falls in both the second and third sources as it has a traditional narrative and was also written specifically for children.

Society changes its opinion on what is popular or unpopular over a specific time frame. “The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane” won over my heart and that of my daughter as we read the bittersweet story with a lesson and satisfying ending. To me, the story of the china rabbit belongs in the category of classic literature.

Works Cited

Kidd, Kenneth. “Classic.” Keywords for Children’s Literature, edited by Philip Nel, and Lissa Paul, New York University Press, 1st edition, 2011. Credo Reference, http://search.credoreference.com.proxy.cecybrary.com/content/entry/nyupkclit/classic/0?institutionId=556. Accessed 14 May 2017.
Johnson, Daniel. “What makes a literary classic; Books.” The Times. N.p., 03 June 1995. Web.
Johnson, Sarah. “”Children often teach me”.” Reading Today 28.6 (2011): 3. Web.
O’Sullivan, Emer. Comparative Children’s Literature. Abingdon, Oxfordshire: Routledge, 2005. Print.
“Plug In to These Stories.” The Washington Post. N.p., 30 June 2009. Web. 13 May 2017.
Wood, Charlotte. “BOOKS: What makes a classic?” Pharmacy News. N.p., 08 Nov. 2007. Web.

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A National Journal of Literature & Discussion

Volume 94/2
Summer 2018
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Why I Don’t Read Books Much Anymore

By Morris Freedman


ISSUE:   Autumn 2002

For several years now I’ve been reading fewer books, from start to finish, that is. Not that my reading has diminished. If anything, I’m reading more now, more words certainly, every day, every week, daily and Sunday newspapers, weeklies, fortnightlies, monthlies, book reviews, quarterlies, portions of books, encyclopedia articles, professional publications, computer manuals and magazines, student papers. I used to spend much of my time reading books in their entirety, for pleasure, study, and work: fiction, plays, poetry, essays, criticism, biography, scholarship, reportage, reference sources.

I’m not alone in this shift. There must be millions by now who have all but abandoned books to keep up with breaking and broken news, speculation about news to come, and with their professions, hobbies, and daily living. Newsstands and periodical rooms in libraries today carry dozens of titles on recreation, cooking, finance, remodelling, gardening, home furnishing, politics, computers, consumer products, sports, cars, publishing, photography, new art, games, show business, fashion, architecture, gender concerns, raising children, old age, adolescence, pets, weddings and marriage. Some may consist of pictures mainly; others are made up of dense text with recondite vocabulary and allusions. They appeal to cherished interests and all sorts of private skills and preoccupations.

I didn’t have to put books aside. As a friend and colleague did, I could have cancelled magazine and newspaper subscriptions, given up impulse buying of specialized newspapers and journals, to find time for books. I still read a best seller or classic or specialized title as impulse, nostalgia, or need directs; I reread classics for the one course I still teach. I’ve come to accept as substitutes for some books the summaries, sometimes approaching condensations, that accompany essay length discussions in The New York Review of Books and in other unabashedly intellectual publications.

I am confident that I cover a wider, more diverse, and even a more nourishing intellectual landscape at this point in my life by grazing widely, occasionally pausing to linger over an appetizing patch, rather than feeding narrowly and deeply all the time.

There is no harm here I am convinced. Lamentation over the decline of reading must go back to the sacking of the libraries at Alexandria. Through the centuries, the appearances of periodicals, the phonograph, radio, film, television, computers have commanded more and more discretionary time of those enjoying the luxuries of literacy and leisure. Each new development produced its own Luddites bewailing and resisting change in the production, character, and consumption of reading matter. Printing generated regret over the disappearance of hand copying; the typewriter, of penmanship; the computer, of both handwriting and typing. We heard snobbish sniffing when esoteric out-of-print titles began appearing in inexpensive paperback editions, in spite of the clear gain for large classes of readers.

Writing and reading, essentially unweakened, have survived each onslaught and subversion. They have simply changed character. Under the relentlessly multiplying pressures of modern living, readers have learned to appreciate shorter forms and writers to write more economically. If less can’t always be more, it can often be nearly as much—at times better.

We have learned to find some of the pleasures of reading in other media. Computers themselves are supplementing and stimulating reading as web sites display cyberspace magazines (like Slate and Salon), selected contents of newspapers and magazines, and chapters of books. Some students now find their reading assignments on their computer monitors, whole books, in perfectly acceptable, if optically tiring, form.

Book publishing has undergone contorted metamorphoses in combining with international media cartels to create and meet new demands. Established magazines and newspapers retain their standards by sensibly accommodating, with bare compromise, to changing needs and expectations; new publications keep appearing to satisfy new audiences. Circulation figures shift from one publication to another; total readership remains much the same. The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, regularly carry extended reports and series that reflect the sort of research and scholarship common in books. Some of these are as long as books, and now volumes appear made up entirely of material originally printed in newspapers and periodicals. More and more books are collections of essays. Best seller lists still show up although the titles are sometimes bizarre. Real poetry keeps appearing somewhere. Television commercials urge that children start reading early.

For decades movies and television have been squeezing out books. The very small good news lately has been the increasing popularity on cable television of C-SPAN’s weekend programs devoted to books, especially on Sunday nights, when Brian Lamb, C-SPAN’s head, interviews writers of non-fiction. C-SPAN has become a veritable school for readers. C-SPAN provides full teaching aids to follow up its presentation of books, which are always non-fiction, always “educational.”

Good talk, good drama, pithy expression, careful reporting, much of these never collected in books, have always belonged, in their ways, alongside good writing in books as sources for intelligent rumination and have involved similar skills in their making and appreciation. We respond to elegant utterance as much through listening and looking as through reading. The memorable formulations of Shakespeare, Yeats, Frost appear in moving public discourse, as in the unique eulogies delivered by John Kennedy Jr.’s sister and uncle; and routinely in political oration. Of course, these may be thinned out by much lesser declaration, like the unrestrainedly sentimental outpouring after the death of Princess Diana, which, if nothing else, reminded us of the democratic literary gamut public grief can achieve.

Insightful newspaper discussion of a television or film adaptation of a classic supplies shading and context for responding to the text, the sort of welcome enrichment that sensible footnoting and knowledgable introduction in books offer. Reading a book always allows one to pause, reread, linger over a delectable but, on screen or stage, inevitably transient moment that simply evaporates (although, of course, video tapes that can be stopped and replayed offer similar possibilities of reexamination). There is pleasure and learning in considering dramatized versions of important works of fiction.

Watching adaptations of literary classics on television or in movie houses, of course, can never replace the experience of reading them in their original form. Participating as an audience member in a Brian Lamb interview is not the same as reading the book under discussion. Reading a classic novel ideally precedes or follows the viewing of an adaptation, sometimes to prepare one, sometimes to help one figure out or savor an original performance.

Nevertheless, my late-life embrace of ephemera has opened perspective, heightened receptivity to the infinite world of experience and delight that book reading always indicated was there. In reducing my absorption of books, I have expanded my total reading in depth and breadth, and I am now blessed with a larger store in which to place my reading of books. If anything, however reduced in quantity, today it is that much richer, more rewarding, in quality.


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I couldn’t agree with you more, as I have also gradually diminished the volume of novels and poetry I read in favour of the much more appealing and intriguing circle of anything between academic articles and newspapers. It’s happening to people like you and me because of our desire to better ourselves and to expand our area of knowledge or maybe just because we’re much more pragmatic than others… regardless, I feel much more satisfied reading about researches and reality rather than immaginated worlds and romance.

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    Reading is one of the most important and priceless activities. If you have ever read a book in life you will know the pleasure and perks of reading. Reading is the kind of exercise that keeps your mind active and healthy. It is important to develop the habit of reading not only for knowledge but also for personal growth and development. It develops positive thinking and gives you a better perspective of life.

    Long and Short Essay on Reading is a Good Habit in English

    Here are essays on Reading is a Good Habit of varying lengths to help you with the topic in your exams/school assignments. You can select any Reading is a Good Habit Essay as per your need and interest:


    Essay on Reading is Good Habit – Essay 1 (200 words)

    Reading daily is one of the best habits one can posses. It develops your imagination and provides you with a fortune of knowledge. Books are your best friend is rightly said as reading helps build up your confidence and uplifts your mood. Once you start reading, you experience a whole new world.

    When you develop the habit of reading you eventually get addicted to it. Reading can help you grow and give a new perspective about life. Good books can influence you positively and guide you towards the right direction in life. The more you read the more you fall in love with reading. Reading develops language skills and vocabulary. Reading books is also a way to relax and reduce stress.

    Reading increases creativity and enhances your understanding of life. Reading also inspires you to write and one can fall in love with writing as well. If we want to adopt some good habits in life then reading should definitely be on the top of our list. It plays a vital role in the optimistic growth and development of a person.

    Reading leads to self-improvement. The pleasure of reading cannot be expressed in words. One needs to read to experience the joy of reading.


     

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    Introduction

    Reading is one of the most important and best habits one can inculcate. Those who have the habit of reading are actually the ones who can really understand the value and pleasure of reading. There are very few who are aware of the advantages of reading good books.

    Importance of Good Reading Habits

    Reading habits develop vivid imagination, knowledge and vocabulary. Here are some points describing importance of good reading habits:

    • The most important reason of reading is that we gain knowledge. Books are a rich source of information and knowledge. Reading books on diverse genres imparts information and gives you a deep insight of to the topic you read about. You always learn something new when you read.
    • It is a proven fact that those who have good reading habit show signs of higher intelligence. With diverse and bountiful genres books open up the mind and enhance the creative ability and language skills.

     

    • Reading fiction develops empathy and helps build better relations with others. You become a part of the story and naturally empathize and sympathize with characters. You become more aware about how people get affected in different situations. It enhances your overall ability to empathize with others.
    • Good reading also inspires you to write. Many writers get inspired and gain expertise by reading more and more. You learn the art of using language and enjoy playing with words.
    • Reading is also a kind of motivation that works wonders in when it comes to de-stressing. Reading motivational books can really change our life for better. Reading autobiographies can also encourage us to work hard and stay dedicated to achieve our goals. It helps us become a better person in life.

    Conclusion

    There are many perks of good reading habits. It keeps your mind active, strong and healthy. Reading is important for your overall personal growth and development. Besides, you never feel bored or lonely if you develop good reading habits.


     

    Essay on Reading and Its Importance – Essay 3 (400 words)

    Introduction

    We do so many activities for entertainment but one is really missing out something if he/she is not reading. The most enjoyable and beneficial activity is reading. Reading is important because it is good for your overall well-being. Lying on a couch and reading a good book is the best way to reduce stress and have a tranquil day at home.


     

    Positive Effects of Reading on Mind and Body

    Reading has following positive effects on mind and body:

    • Knowledge: It is rightly said that books are the best source of knowledge. Every time you read you get new bits of information and knowledge that are useful. The more knowledge you possess the more wisely you handle various situations in life. The knowledge you get from books is the true wisdom as you may lose anything in life but not knowledge.
    • Improves Imagination: Reading fictional stories can take you to a new world. You actually visualize the whole setup in the fictional world and get familiar to characters. It develops your imagination and makes you feel amazed. You imagine and fantasize fictional stories and characters in your mind.
    • Wise use of time: Reading good books means making good use of time. It is a perfect way to stay occupied and at the same time learn something and have pleasure. There is so much that you gain from reading. It is the best way to relieve your stress and enhance your mood.
    • Boost self-esteem: By reading more and more books you communicate better and are well informed. Since you are more confident you become more productive and dynamic. It builds your confidence and leads to higher self-esteem.
    • Improves Creativity: The more you read the more your thoughts and ideas develop. Your mind opens up and you start thinking in a new direction. You start thinking more creatively and rediscover life in a better way.
    • Helps Socialize: Reading improves individual’s communication skills and boosts confidence. It also enhances your socializing skills naturally as you are more confident about your abilities and knowledge. You can always share your knowledge and reading experience with friends and family. It also makes you more empathetic towards others.

    Conclusion

    So it is very important to develop good reading habit. We must all read on a daily basis for at least 30 minutes to enjoy the sweet fruits of reading. It is a great pleasure to sit in a quiet place and enjoy reading. Reading a good book is the most enjoyable experience one can have.


     

    Essay on Reasons Why Reading Habits Are Important – Essay 4 (500 Words)

    Introduction

    Reading is one of the most important habits one needs to develop in life. It is rightly quoted that books are your best companions. Good books can inform you, enlighten you and lead you to the right direction. There is no better companion than a good book. Books give you a whole new experience. Developing reading habit from early age leads to enduring love for books.

    Why is Good Reading Habit Important?

    1)    Sharpens your Mind: Reading is vital for the development of brain as it boosts your thinking and understanding. It enhances your critical thinking and analytical skills. It also improves the brain function. Reading gives you knowledge, information and new perception.

    2)  Self Improvement: Reading helps you develop positive thinking. Reading is important because it develops your mind and gives you excessive knowledge and lessons of life. It helps you understand the world around you better. It keeps your mind active and enhances your creative ability.

    3)  Reduces Stress: No matter how stressed or depressed you are due to personal life, work or any other problem in your life, reading a good book reduces your stress completely and enhances your mood. Reading helps you calm down your mind, releases strain from the muscles and slows down your heart rate.

    4)  Increases Knowledge: Active reading is the process that enables lifelong learning. It is an avid thirst for knowledge. Books enable you to have glimpse in to cultures, traditions, arts, history, geography, health, psychology and several other subjects and aspects of life. You get amazing amount of knowledge and information from books.

    5)    Develops your Analytical Skills: By active reading you explore several aspects of life. It involves questioning what you read. It helps you develop your thoughts and express your opinions. You engage your mind in understanding and thinking higher. You start comparing your perspective to the writer’s perspective. New ideas and thoughts pop up in your mind by active reading. It stimulates and develops your brain and gives you a new perspective.

    6)    Boosts your Imagination and Creativity: Reading takes you to the world of imagination and enhances your creativity. Reading helps you explore life from different perspectives. While you read books you are building new and creative thoughts, images and opinions in your mind. It makes you think creatively, fantasize and use your imagination.

    7)    Improves Communication: Active reading increases your vocabulary exponentially. You learn the art of using words creatively and effectively. You are able to communicate your thoughts and ideas effectively. Overall it will boost your confidence and enhance your communication skills.

    8)    Reading is Pleasure: Not only is reading important for knowledge and information but it is an addiction. Once you indulge yourself into reading a good book, you will surely get addicted to it. It offers intense pleasure to read a good fiction and entre a whole new world. You go through several new feelings and emotions while you read.

    Conclusion

    Reading is one of the most interesting habits one can possess. It is important to develop the habit of reading daily. We can reap the aforementioned benefits once we develop the habit of reading.


     

    Essay on Advantages of Reading Books – Essay 5 (600 words)

    Introduction

    Reading books has the lot of psychological benefits. Those who have a habit of reading are aware of the pleasure and value of reading books then. They know its magic and power that renders knowledge and makes one wiser. When it comes to reading, most of us these days are addicted to reading online blogs, articles, stories and tweets. It is helpful for gaining lots of knowledge and information but reading a good book is healthier for our brain and a completely different experience. It does wonder for our brains as it is the activity that helps us focus. Reading is the best exercise for your brains.

    As we all are aware that mental fitness is equally important as physical fitness so like our body even mind needs to work out daily to maintain fitness. It is important to read a good book at least for a few minutes each day to stretch the brain muscles for healthy functioning.

    1)    Books are Your Best Friends: Books really are your best friends as you can rely on them when you are bored, upset, depressed, lonely or annoyed. They will accompany you anytime you want them and enhance your mood. They share with you information and knowledge any time you need. Good books always guide you to the correct path in life. You will never regret the company of a good book.

    2)    Books are Your Best Teachers: Not only can good books be your best friend but also the best teacher. Reading good books will give you immense knowledge, information and a completely different experience. Reading will give you a new and better perspective of life. It will teach you new lessons of life.

    3)    Great Pleasure: When I read a book, I read it for pleasure. I just indulge myself into reading and experience a whole new world. Once I start reading a book I get so captivated I never want to leave it until I finish. Most of the times it is not possible to finish the book in one sitting but there is always that curiosity until I finish the book. It always gives lot of pleasure to read a good book and cherish it for lifetime.

    4)    Books Help You Sleep Better: Reading a book is recommended as one of the best habits to calm down your mind before you go to bed. It helps relieve stress. So, instead of using cell phones or watching TV you can always read a good book for a sound sleep.

    5)  Communication Skills: Reading improves your vocabulary and develops your communication skills. It helps you learn how to use your language creatively. Not only does it improve your communication but it also makes you a better writer. Good communication is important in every aspect of life.

    6)   Develops Critical Thinking: The chief benefit of reading good books is that it develops your critical thinking. The more you read the deeper you understand and process the information. Critical thinking is important in life to manage day to day situations.

    7)    Reduces Stress: Reading a good book takes you in a new world and helps you relieve your day to day stress. It has several positive effects on your mind, body and soul. It stimulates your brain muscles and keeps your brain healthy and strong.

    Conclusion

    Reading books is the most fruitful way to use time. It keeps you occupied and helps you get rid of stress in life. Once you develop the habit of reading you can never get bored. It also improves the function of brain and is the best exercise for brain.

     

     

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