Lately I have been taking a daily walk on the beach. It is nice to walk in solitude along the sand looking at the sea and acknowledging the other people sharing the beach with you. Is better when the tide is out as the firm sand glistens and is quite reflective, the soft sand that is above the high tide is hard walking. It is a lot nicer to walk on the beach now as it is winter and the sea is at times rough and stormy, which does not appear to deter the surfers who are out in all weathers if they think there will be good waves.
There are less people walking on the beach at this time of the year, only the hardy venture out. Pairs of women of a certain age and a lot of older stout men walking their wee dogs.
Today I read an article from an essay by Herman Hesse entitled "The magic of the Book" from a book entitled "My belief; Essays on life and art."
The article included some quotes from other writers on their take on books and a books meaning/reason to readers. I found these something to ponder.
Kafka said books were "the axe for the frozen sea within us"; Carl Sagan thought they were "proof that humans are capable of working magic"; James Baldwin thought they were "a way to change our destiny"; Neil Gaiman thought they were "a vehicle for the deepest human truths"; Wislawa Symborsla (Polish nobel prize winner) "our ultimate frontier to freedom" and Galileo Galilei thought they were "A way of having superhuman powers".
I gave these some thought and tried to capture what books and reading means to me "a lake into which to plunge and to loose oneself in the thoughts, lives and mysteries of the ages."