– Marguerite Yourcenar
Sage words from the French author (1903-1987) most famous for her novel Memoirs of Hadrian.
Perhaps this author knows best, having so effectively written from the perspective of 1st Century AD Roman Emperor. Books have a way of opening us up to new ideas, new ways of thinking, and allowing us to see (and feel) the world around us in a different light.
Novels allow us to see the world through the eyes, traditions, and values of others, and this adjusts our experiences and points of view – and, as Yourcenar suggests, teaches us to feel more acutely.
What do you think, readers?