DIFFERENT ERAS…DIFFERENT SETTINGS…VARIED LIVES…; NONETHELESS, THE IMMENSE WORLD OF FICTION SHOWS THE FABRIC OF LIFE TO BE MUCH THE SAME; YET, VARYING BY AND BY…EXPLORE THE PARADOX!
Take a plunge into The world of Fiction- the Novel, the Novella, the short Story…go with the flow of the writers’ imagination, into times bygone; relive the past eras in the remotest corners of the globe; or taste a different flavour of the present as experienced by your contemporaries; last but not the least- fly into the future on the wings of fancy!
Is the world of fiction, a real image of real life? Is it a transformation of reality? Or is it an escape?
Find for yourself… as you interact with varied characters, empathise with their emotions and experiences.
Whether it is Maggie Tulliver in ‘The Mill On the Floss”, by George Eliot in the 19th century Midlands England; or Stephen Wheatley in London during the second world war in ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn; or the Gangulis living in Massachusetts, America in 1968 in “Namesake’ by Jhumpa Lahiri- all the novelists along the way through their fictional world grapple with the real life adding a touch of imagination and mixed flavours of personal experience and observation based knowledge.
No matter what the setting or the time span, fiction deals with human emotions, psychological variations and varied human reactions to the environment in ways which contribute to the evolution of the human mind- providing a priceless treasure of insights.
“A man is like a novel: until the very last page you don’t know how it will end. Otherwise it wouldn’t even be worth reading.”
― Yevgeny Zamyati, We
“Novels give you the matrix of emotions, give you the flavour of a time in a way formal history cannot.”
― Doris Lessing
I’ve always had a compassion for characters in novels – the sense that they are, whatever they might think, living in a world that has a shape they don’t know and can’t finally alter.
― John Crowley Compassion, World, Living