Nowadays it's almost impossible to imagine our life without
books. Perhaps, there are more books on our planet than men
alive. Long before the invention of printing people valued
books as treasure troves of the human knowledge and
experience. Hand — written manuscripts took months of
writing and were collected by and kept in monasteries with
utmost care. We can distinguish books between three classes
of them. Firstly, books on different branches of knowledge,
works by brilliant minds of mankind. Secondly, textbooks,
reference books and numerous dictionaries. And at last, books
of all kinds and genres to read at leisure.
Classics should be taken a little at a time. One's
understanding of books by Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky,
Mopassan and Balzak depends on one's age and experience.
Serious books are to be read conscientiously and maybe more
than once. To a thinking reader they will provide new food
for thought every time he rereads it. Many people indulge in
reading science fiction, fantasy or detective stories. Of course,
there are some advantages and disadvantages of this kind of
literature, often reffered to as "easy reading". As for me,
good science fiction and fantasy develop imagination, logical
thinking, broader one's outlook. The same could be said in
favour of detective stories. They reveal such minute details of
everyday life in this or that particular country that are of
greatest interest for a curious reader. The masterpieces of
this genre by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie and
others, show the depths of psychological analysis, the insight
into the human nature.
As an old saying goes, man cannot live on bread alone.
Books are the source of knowledge and the means of self —
perfection. Sometimes it is difficult to solve some problems in
life. I think that books can help us. Books must be our
friends during all our life.
1. What kind of books do you prefer to read?
2. Do you like to read English or Russian books?
3. Is it possible to live without books for you?
4. Books are our friends, aren't they?
5. How many classes of books do we distinguish?