When The Story Becomes More Than Just A Story
I can’t quite remember the first time I read Animal Farm, but I think it was sometime in seventh or eighth grade.
Up to that point in my brief reading history, my exposure to literature was pretty much books like The Hardy Boys, comic books, and the like.
But when I read Animal Farm, I remember thinking, this is different. Yeah, this is a story about animals who get pissed at the way they are being treated and revolt on a farm, but I also realized that the story had another level, that it was talking about more than just animals and farmers.
That was my introduction to the allegory. To literature and the literary device. To the fact that the great books have more than just a nice story. To say it sounds a little romanticized, but in a lot of ways my love of reading and literature began back when I read Animal Farm some 20+ years ago.
At some point, all of us who love reading have encountered a book that maybe changed the way we think about novels, right? Later in life, On The Road was another book that affected me in an unexpected way.
So what’s your book? What was the novel that took you outside the books of your youth and opened your eyes to the world of literature out there?