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The things that literature was all about: love, sex, morality, friendship, happiness, suffering, betrayal, adultery, good and evil, heroes and villains, guilt and innocence, ambition, power, justice, revoultion, war, fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the individual against society, success and failure, murder, suicide, death, God. And barn owls. Of course, there were other sorts of literature – theoretical, self-referential, lachrymosely, autobiographical – but they were just dry wanks. real literature was about psychological and, emotional and social truth as demonstrated by the actions and reflections of its protagonists; the novel was about character development over time.

                                                               

                                                                             – Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending 

Hello. I’m Rachel. I like reading and writing and fountain pens and the sea and Van Gogh and I used to like cupcakes until they pimped themselves out and now everybody likes cupcakes so I decided I like coffee instead. I wish I had all the time in the world to read every book ever written.

Literature is often seen as escapism; a way in which to temporarily distance ourselves from the trivialities of everyday life but I think the true value of literature lies in its ability to provide the opposite of escape. Valuable and important literature opens up the limitations of our individual insular sensibilities and enables us to appreciate other people, cultures, ideas, politics and philosophies. Fiction is escape; literature teaches.

Welcome to my BlookBlog!

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  1. sisterselects / Feb 27 2012 10:30 pm

    I’m really liking your blog! I’m new to the world of book blogging, and you have the best example that I’ve seen so far. Keep up the great work!

  2. Jen Thompson / Jan 27 2012 10:27 am

    Hi Rachel, your about section is beautifully written. I look forward to reading more of your posts and have nominated you for ‘The Versatile Blogger Award’ Congratulations and I most certainly will be following your blog.
    You can find out more here: http://chroniclesofjen.wordpress.com/2012/01/27/one-two-three-awards-for-me/

  3. booksbeccabuys / Oct 3 2011 8:08 pm

    Hiya, thanks for visiting http://booksbeccabuys.wordpress.com. I’m glad to find someone else who isn’t a fan of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, although I think we may be the only two. It feels like everyone else is blinded from the truth, like in The Demon Headmaster. Love your blog! I’m following now so look forward to your next post. B x

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