Book Do Not Age

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  1. Crabtownboy

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    “Books do not age as you and I do. They will speak still when you and I are gone, to generations we will never see. Yes, the books must survive.”

    Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place
     
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    Interpretation is the key.
    and currently there are those who deny the Holocaust ever happened.

    And then I just saw an article the other day, in which some say a period has faded from the original Declaration of Independence; which could change the meaning of that particular sentence.
     
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    As an amateur book conservator I'll tell you that books DO age, some far faster than we do.

    Cheap paperback books may not last 10 years before they yellow and become brittle with age.

    Even the most precious books we have require gentle care and protection for them last longer than a single lifetime.

    The oldest book in my collection is not quite 300 years old. It has been rebound twice. The professional that rebound it recently told me that if I kept it protected in a book box it would last another 300 years (if it doesn't I get my money back :smilewinkgrin: ).

    Besides the physical aspects of the book, there is the language which constantly changes. It's hard to read a book written in the 1900's; language was slower and flowery, they took their time elaborating a point. Books from the 1800]s are even tougher to read.

    Today we want the author to get to the point and move onward at a quicker pace.

    But the message of a great book will last as long as the words can be transmitted or copied.

    The tragedy of burning a book or even tossing a book out, lies in the loss of its message to future generations.

    Rob
     
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    "Book do not age."

    Is that a command?

    Book replies, "My complexion will yellow and fade whether you like it or not."
     

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