One Only Understands the Things that One Tames
One Only Understands the Things that One Tames
  • Lim Lee Hyungsun
  • 승인 2013.05.07 14:22
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Sometimes, we have a very wonderful experience through a book.  It would be, of course, an enjoyment of some new world that you didn’t know and couldn’t think of.  However, what I want to tell you is not this kind of experience.  The wonderful experience that I want to say is about re-reading the books. 

When I was an elementary school student, I really loved to read books.  Although most of them were novels, I can say that the books at that time were forming a large part of my life.  Anyway, one of the books I read during that time was The Little Prince.  As you know, this book was a worldwide bestseller and a steady seller then as now.  Even now, I can’t forget the moment just before I picked up and opened the book.  How can this book make me so touched?  To me, the expectation about The Little Prince was really huge.  And not long after that, it shattered into pieces, unfortunately.  Throughout reading this book, I kept asking questions such as, “Why did people say that The Little Prince was the best?  I can’t really understand them.  What part is touching?  Should I stop reading it?”  Anyway, I read to the end of it, but my disappointment about the The Little Prince was very great.

After this experience, time went by and I became a high school senior.  The books I read at that time were only literature in the textbooks and workbooks.  I had no time to read the books leisurely, preparing for the college entrance exam.  And it was in May that I had a wonderful experience.  Like ordinary days, I was in the library to study, and very tired of studying, so I decided to stop studying for a little, and read the books in the library.  The book I picked up was The Little Prince.  It's a short book, so I could read it without burden.  Still now, I don’t know why I chose this book again, but I chose to reread this book, and it was a really wonderful choice.  Every sentence stuck in my mind, so I couldn’t thumb through the pages of the book easily.  Wow, how can the same book come to me differently like this?  On that day, I bought a copy for myself on the way home.  I can’t say this book changed my life, but I can say this book made my life richer.

The midterm exam is over.  How about re-reading the books that made you disappointed?  Maybe you can have a wonderful experience like me, too.




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