Friday, October 07, 2011
Fear of Books
Simon, the manager of camping shop Blacks, watched it all from an upstairs window, hiding in terror as hundreds of looters plundered his shop and the street: "They smashed our window, ripped the plasma TVs off our walls, took all our jackets and rucksacks. I was horrified. But Waterstone's, directly opposite us was untouched."
The Opposition accused the Government for this failure of British education - the youth does not read books or read at all. I had a teacher who used to urge us: "Agarren los libros que no muerden" (Have no fear, books dont bite). Fifty years later I am getting his meaning: some people actually fear books! They may bite you!
Only I think that the media paints British youth in colors too black when in fact they are intellectuals with very deep respect for the printed word. They would never harm a book!