Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Extra-Illustration.....It's a very old-fashioned thing to do really. Does anyone else ever do this anymore or is it just me?
I'll get interested reading a memoir or history of some sort but then I'm stopped by something that isn't explained, a word I don't know, a scene I can't understand. When that happens, I have to stop. I can't just glide past the fact that I don't know what a type of ship looks like, what happened to the writer later on.....
What exactly was the food he was eating?
What does a building look like?
Where is he on the map exactly? Does this relate to other people in other books I've read?
When he mentions products and advertisements, I wonder what they look like.....
I can't be there with an author but I'm always sure that I can understand the situation better and that I can imagine more clearly. Sometimes that means a little extra footwork if the publisher hasn't done his job and illustrated things that he should have done or added explanatory footnotes that can be really very necessary. And I enjoy ferreting out the extra facts. I make notes all over the pages, too. Books I like often end up a very personal sort of mess, and they become really mine.
Not every book is as stuffed as this little memoir is--I have to keep the poor thing closed with a ribbon now, and I've added a cautionary note should anyone else be tempted to open the pages because all sorts of bits and pieces would come fluttering out.
I finished this book months ago but every now and then I come across another nugget of information that I want to add--for me, that's part of the pleasure of reading. And it means that a book has really reached across time to teach and to share.