Books in Our Life
Nowadays it's almost impossible to imagine our life without books. Perhaps
there are more books on our planet then men alive. Long before the invention of
printing people valued books as treasure troves of the human knowledge and
experience. Handwritten manuscripts took months of writing and were collected by
and kept in monasteries with utmost care. We can put books into three classes. Firstly,
books on different branches of knowledge, works by brilliant minds of mankind.
Secondly, textbooks, reference books and numerous dictionaries. And lastly, books of
all kinds and genres to read at leisure.
Classics should be taken a little at a time. One's understanding of books by
Tolstoy and Dostoevsky, Maupassant and Balzac depends on one's age and experience.
Serous books are to be read conscientiously and maybe more then once. To a
thinking reader they will provide new food for thought every time he rereads it. Many
people indulge in reading science fiction, fantasy or detective stories. Of course, there
are some advantages and disadvantages of this king of literature, often referred to as
"easy reading". To me, good science fiction and fantasy develop imagination, logical
thinking, and broaden one's outlook. The same could be said in favour of detective
stories. Stories of this genre by Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and others reveal
minute details of everyday life in this or that particular country, show the depths of
psychological analysis, and insight into human nature.
As an old saying goes, man cannot live on bread alone. Books are the source of
knowledge and the means of selfperfection. Somelimes it is difficult to solve some
problems in life. I think that books can help us. Books must be our friends during all