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  1. You have asked an incredibly powerful paradox in your question. If you read books, then you understand everything. If you don't understand it, then you don't read it. Do you think Papa Carlo will come and tell you about the meaning? Let me tell you a secret – even the author of the text does not know the meaning of the book. Have you ever heard of the “author's death concept”? A novel lives after the death of its author, changing its meaning every year, every day, and what seems important to you, in fact, does not matter at all.

    Example. What is Fowles '”Magus” about? About the psychological disputes of the sixties of the twentieth century? About the existence of Shakespeare's ideas in our days? About the sexual revolution? About the inferiority of feeling like an Englishman? Or about love? Or about the ancient Greek maxim that still exists in us – and we all believe in the Greek gods, because this is our starting point?

    My God, we don't even know how this romance ends! And you-about a deep understanding of some meaning. Exactly as you understand it, this is exactly how you should understand it personally.

    You like apple juice, and your wife doesn't like it. Conclusion-drink juice and do not pour it to your wife. Burn your literature textbooks. Don't listen to the critics. After reading the novel, sit alone with your eyes closed and think about the eternal. And then the book will find its place in your philosophy without any input from you.

    The most poignant thing I read during lockdown is something I read as a kid and then forgot-Peter Pan, Mary Poppins. I read it with my child. When Peter becomes a pirate in the end and tortures his own friends… Or when babies stop understanding the language of animals with the appearance of the first tooth. That's what literature is about! Not about any particular meaning…

    I often write about this in my telegram channel about literature: https://t.me/smertavtora

  2. So this is normal. The book is a mirror in which it is absolutely not necessary to see what the author intended. This is one of my favorite questions.: “What is the Master and Margarita book about?” – someone answers that it is about love, someone answers that it is a criticism of the USSR, someone answers that it is a kind of Bible from Satan. And they're all right. It really helps to understand the vector of interests of a person at the first acquaintance =)

    So if you didn't understand that the book is about criticizing idealism – it doesn't mean that you didn't understand the idea of the book, just that you weren't interested in idealism before, and you didn't pay attention to it, there's no catastrophe behind it, don't worry.

  3. I agree with Igor. For example, I read Crime and Punishment 6 times, but every time I see something new. Try to reread the works that you have read in 10 years, and you will be surprised at the result. This is the genius of these works. It's not a big deal that you don't see what others see.

  4. They say that every book should be read in its own time)) It seems to me that fiction is read not only to understand the deep meaning of each book. Maybe you should pay more attention to its plot, descriptions of places and characters. They give rise to images in the imagination, you imagine what this or that hero looks like, this or that place, action. And for example, when you watch the film adaptation later, you realize that you imagined what is described in the book much more vividly and completely than the director showed in the film. Individual thoughts of the author can also be valuable, they allow you to better understand life and people. And this is also why books are valuable. In addition, I believe that what I read in books is absorbed as if unconsciously, laid out on the shelves in my head and can suddenly pop up in the right place, at the right time, in the form of a suitable phrase, quote or thought. And no one has canceled the well-read and broad-minded attitude that comes from reading. You can understand the deep meaning, one main idea, without reading the book, but by reading a short retelling of the plot)). So don't bother, just read! ))

  5. If you don't see the point in that book, take another one… Somewhere, yes, you will find your own. I read literature in order to get information – what kind of information it would not be, F. M. Dorostoyevsky is a luminary of literature, of course, I have read him, but all his “hints” that we need to learn to believe, do good and have compassion-this is understandable without him, I know this without him… And I haven't reread all of his works – I'm not interested in the plot, and his worldview is clear from Crime and Punishment. Travel – ethnographic, historical literature provides a popular representation of past events, etc. aesthetic pleasure-poems are rare, more classical music. But, in general, the lion's share of fiction was read in my youth (I had a list of books required for reading by a young man), now most of the time is occupied with special literature. And yet – in my student years, there was a catastrophic lack of time for reading fiction. Well, I think I'll read a lot after graduation…! Where there! Not enough time again… So, what's your advice, kid? Don't you see the meaning (deep) ? Well, don't. Don't worry-read what you like or look at pictures…

  6. Read slowly. You should have been taught this at school. You've read the textbooks. They wrote essays. And now you don't understand. Reread it. Take the time to think slowly. Ask questions. Look for answers. This is taught from 3rd to 10th grade

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