Saturday 31 March 2012

Affection for fiction

Philip Hensher in an interview in The Guardian today speaks of his unshakeable affection for fiction: "It allows us to see the world from the point of view of someone else and there has been quite a lot of neurological research that shows reading novels is actually good for you. It embeds you in society and makes you think about other people. People are certainly better at all sorts of things if they can hold a novel in their heads. It is quite a skill, but if you can't do it then you're missing out on something in life. I think you can tell, when you meet someone, whether they read novels or not. There is some little hollowness if they don't."

1 comment:

  1. Philip Hensher beautifully captures the essence of fiction's power to broaden our perspectives. His words resonate with the belief that novels enhance empathy and understanding, enriching our lives in profound ways.
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