Mustangs, the world is currently rough out there! As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be widespread, one of the most frightening and frustrating aspects of the disaster is the fact that no one knows how long it will be before the crisis is resolved. Being humans, we are used to stories that have a beginning, a middle, and an end; it can be hard to make sense of an experience without knowing where you are in the story line.
When life seems to lose its narrative structure, books can be a source of personal comfort. Jane Austen’s novels, for instance, are reassuring not only because of their happy endings but also because of the way they uphold social conventions, even while acknowledging their fallibility. Isaac Asimov’s works, from what has been known as the golden age of science fiction, presents optimistic visions of the future in which machines and the universe itself are governed by laws people can identify and understand. Commonly noted as a psychologist in the history of literature, Fyodor Dostoevosky's accounts are renown for his activity as a journalist that had prophetic vision of how Russian revolutionaries would behave if they came into power. Any direct quotes are from key literary enthusiasts from around the world. Here are some suggestions for your next book nook experience:
“No other author goes with such casual intimacy as [Austen] … into the vulnerable spot where society touches the root of self. And few authors are at the same time so quietly fearsome and so intensely consoling.” Check out Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility, and Mansfield Park!
Fyodor Dostoyevsky achieved great celebrity in his own time. Indeed, he frequently capitalized on his legend by drawing on the highly dramatic incidents of his life in creating his greatest characters. Even so, some events in his life have remained clouded in mystery, and careless speculations have unfortunately gained the status of fact. Check out Notes from the Underground, Crime and Punishment, and The Brothers Karamazov!