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Books. Writers! Reading . . .? Why Not?

1. Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested. 2. This quotation belongs to a famous English philosopher Francis Bacon. One cant but admire the exactness and universal wisdom of the idea. 3. The books of today reflect such a large scope of information that it's practically impossible to mention all types of them. 4. Approximately we can define different kinds of books as fiction and non-fiction, science fiction, biographies, thrillers, adventure, fairy tales, animal stories and family stories and others. 5. But let's go back to our quotation. 6. To my mind all books are to be tasted. 7. A modern, well-educated person should be able to use not textbooks but reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, and all sorts of informational publications. 8. These books serve the purpose of learning, teaching and instructing. 9. Some people say that the rise of television has been associated with the death of books. 10. I cant agree with them. 11. A book for me is one of the greatest wonders in the world. 12. It gives us a unique chance to link up with authors who lived hundreds and thousands of years ago. 13. Thanks to books we can talk to people who lived in different ages and countries. 14. Through reading books we hear their voices, thoughts and feelings. 15. A book is a faithful and undemanding friend: it can be put aside and taken up again at any moment. 16. I became very keen on literature early in life. 17. This probably happened because we had a very good and widely-read library at home. 18. My granny used to read interesting fairy tales by Pushkin, Gogol... 19. Since child hood I was fond of Pushkin and Gogol. 20. I came to the conclusion that our country is rich in remarkable authors. 21. So is Great Britain. 22. I've recently read a book which has made a very deep impression on me. 23. It is Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" one of the most popular of love stories.
24. "Romeo and Juliet" is a tragic and wonderful story of an overpowering love passion shown by the master poet in sharp contrast with the quick passions of hate. 25. The feuds of Capulet and Montegue raise the storms in which young love is wrecked. 26. But the death of the young lovers is the death of the old hate between the two families. 27. The author of the book made me share the feelings and emotions of the people who used to live hundreds of years ago, thousands miles away.
28. In conclusion I'd like to prolong Francis Bacon's quotation and advice the readers to eat as many books as possible, no matter whether you have to swallow, chew of digest them. 29. The only thing he has to remember is that a happy never becomes a gourmet.