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Reading is to mind what exercise is to body. The rise of television
sometimes has been coupled with the dearth of books. But I don’t think books
need to be rescued. A book is one of the greatest wonders of the world. It
gives us a unique chance to link up with authors who lived hundreds and
thousands years ago. Thanks to books we can talk to people who lived in
different ages and countries. Through reading books we hear their voices,
thoughts and feelings. The book is the surest way to bring nations together. It
gives us an insight not only into the past, but also into the future. The book
is a faithful and undemanding friend: it can be put aside and be taken again at
As for me, I’m fond of reading. I became very keen on literature
early in life. Books stirred my imagination, expanded the boundaries of the
familiar world and filled my life with great expectations of joy and happiness.
Since childhood I have been enchanted by Pushkin and Gogol, Chekhov and
Turgenev, by poetry of Yesenin and Pasternak. Later on I got acquainted with
Dante’s “Divine Comedy” and Ancient Greek mythology and legends.
I think we can’t live without books. I consider, that books are with
us during all our life. To my mind the house looks glum and joyless without
books. I like to read books about the history of our country, about famous
people and the life of my contemporaries abroad. Literature means much in my
life. It helps to form the character and the world outlook, to understand life
better. Books give information and knowledge, educate, give pleasure and
sometimes they help people to forget about problems.
It’s common knowledge that reading foreign literature helps you to
learn more about the life of people in other countries, their traditions and
customs. A I study English, I try to read as many books by English writers as
possible. The names of English writers and poets such as William Shakespeare,
Charles Dickens, Bernard Show, Conan Doyle, Agatha Cristie, Oscar Wilde and
many others are well-known to educated people from any country. My favourite
English writer is Charles Dickens. This English xlassic is well-known all over
the world. His books are translated into many languages and a lot of films have
been made after his novels.
Dickens was born in 1812 in Portsmouth. He was the second of the
eight children in the family. Although not poor by the standards of the time,
the Dickens family lived through a series of financial crises. In 1823 facing a
financial ruin, the family moved to London, where Charles began to work in a
warehouse for six shillings a week. At that time his father was arrested for
debt. Only at the age of twelve Charles was sent to school, where he did well,
and at the age of fifteen he got a job in a legal firm. After learning
shorthand, he became a reporter for the “Morning Chronicle” and soon wrote
“Pickwick Papers”. In 1836, when “Pickwick Papers” were published, he became the
most popular living novelist in England and held this position until he died.
Then he published novel after novel- “Oliver Twist”, “Nickolas Nickleby”, “The
Old Curiosity Shop”, “David Copperfield”, “Little Dorit” and many others.
Besides constantly writing novels he was editing newspapers and magazines,
giving readings from his books to huge crowds of people.
There was no other novelist in England who had such a hold on all
classes of people already during his lifetime. His books were read by all- by learned
and simple people, by the rich and the poor alike.
The popularity of his books hasn’t diminished with time. The
great-heartedness of the author appeals to the contemporary reader as much as
it did a century ago. His kindly, understanding eye looks with tolerance on
good and bad alike. Dickens believes in kindness and generosity of people. It’s
not just a happy end that his books have, it’s a p......