Und der Drache schreibt …

Heute ist der Geburtstag von Ursula K. Le Guin. Sie wurde am 21. Oktober 1929 geboren. Zum Glück kann ich nur sagen. Zum Glück. Mein Leben wäre nicht ganz so wundervoll ohne ihre Bücher und ihre Weisheit.

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.”

Drachen spielen eine nicht ganz unwichtige Rolle in ihrem Werk.

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”

Oder hier aus dem Buch „A Velocity of Being – Letters to a Young Reader“, warum Mensch lesen sollte.

„Dear Reader,

Most dragons don’t know how to read.

They hiss and fume and guard their hoard.

A tasty knight is what they need

For dinner (they spit out the sword),

Then go to sleep on heaps of treasure.

They’ve no use for the written word.

But I learned early to take pleasure

In reading tales and poetry,

And soon I knew that I preferred

Reading a book  to fighting knights.

I lived on apple pie and tea,

Which a kind lady made for me,

And all my days and half my nights

Were spent in reading story-books,

A life more thrilling than it looks.

Now that I’m old and cannot see

To read, the lady’s youngest child

Comes everyday to read to me,

A cheerful child named Valentine.

We’re both as happy as can be

Among the treasures I have piled

In heaps around my apple tree.

No other dragon watches curled

Around such riches as are mine,

My Word-hoard, my dear Library:

For every book contains a world!

Yours truly,

Bedraug (Smaug’s Cousin Once Removed)“

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