Monday, October 07, 2013
Literature exposes reality often better than non-fiction
There are many books that provide an insight into life and periods of time better than history books. Two come to mind immediately, Burmese Days by George Orwell and The Quiet American by Graham Greene. Herman Melville wrote movingly and effectively about life on ship as well as the impact of the West on South Pacific islands in Typee. Moby Dick explores life on board on whaling ship creating and capturing in fiction a microcosm of life.