Post a Comment. In this brilliantly written essay, Cynthia Ozick recalls memories of how she became a lover of reading. Her parents owned a pharmacy in New York during the Great Depression, and constantly struggled. People were sleeping in boxcars, there were children begging for food, and jobs were so scarce that many families were hungry. Ozick witnessed all of these events happening at a very young age, yet at the time, she had no idea what was happening.
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But the really striking similarity between them is their content. Both essays are about how Welty and Ozick respectively read and read and read through their childhoods.
How they were formed by reading. Having, as of 5pm this afternoon, read this word to describe the feeling of reading, I consider Ozick to be a woman who understands reading better than almost anyone I know.
I remember the chariots of my youth: The Babysitters Club. Yup, I remember that feeling, too. Similarly, too, theirs is the constant trip to the library; theirs the effort to get enough to read to never run out…. All the same, the Violet and the Yellow are melting away. Their pages dwindle. To read two brilliant writers discussing their love of reading is a testament to the power of reading in young lives. But to see how two such brilliant writers can start with their love of reading and end up in such wildly different thoughts is a testament to the power the essay form.
Essays can, like no other kind of nonfiction writing, ramble and digress. Tumble through thoughts and gather ideas, like otherworldly bouquets of wild flowers and shop-bought bread. A neat ending, then, rather upbeat, with great hope for the young Eudora as she continues on her reading adventures. But Ozick ends up somewhere much darker… her chariots took her away, almost too far. Ozick, as a child, puts off knowing herself, for the pleasure of being other children.
And, though she eventually grows into a writer obviously , she finds herself bewildered at trying to write a summary of how she came to be where she is. Secondary navigation Twitter Facebook Instagram Search. Post navigation. Book Signing: David Sedaris. Search for: Begin typing your search above and press return to search.
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But the really striking similarity between them is their content. Both essays are about how Welty and Ozick respectively read and read and read through their childhoods. How they were formed by reading. Having, as of 5pm this afternoon, read this word to describe the feeling of reading, I consider Ozick to be a woman who understands reading better than almost anyone I know.
Sparking the mysteriousness for what lays beyond her home Ozick finds an escape through reading stories which take her to a place far outside her town, to a place where only she can go. Ozick depicts her life as an illusion of reality, desperately trapping herself within literature to avoid the obstacles placed before her, a coping mechanism to avoid a world of pain. The connection she draws with her relationship with books would be a peek outside of the town and life she is stuck in. Her books are of a place no one can find her.