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How to enjoy literature with your five senses – Cómo disfrutar de la literatura con los cinco sentidos

[Spanish version below – Versión en español abajo]

Today is Book Day and people around the world would be giving books to their loved ones. And, in Catalonia, red roses. But how can we really enjoy the company of our new best friends? How can we enjoy literature with our five senses?

1. Listen

Your parents may have told you this a thousand times: listen to what others have to say before talking. Listening is the best way to learn. Listening and reading.

We are talking about literature here. That means reading and writing. Who better to teach us about the secrets of writing than the great Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)?

This is one of my favourite, if not my favourite, motivational speech.

There are so many quotes to take out from this speech, that I’m just going to leave you with it.

You can read the transcript here.

"Reading is a long conversation with several different people, all of them living in your head, all of them demanding your attention." Nick Hornby

“Reading is a long conversation with several different people, all of them living in your head, all of them demanding your attention.” Nick Hornby

2. Watch

Read. Travel, walk around, observe, read. Look, explore, investigate, read. Literature, both for readers and writers, is a trip, it’s an adventure.

As readers, we can travel anywhere and anywhen just by opening a book, by flipping a page.

As writers, we need to read in order to learn, to, as Nick Hornby says, “converse” with others.

 

“I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.” Neil Gaiman, ‘Make good art’. Picture taken in Paris in October 2013.

“I learned to write by writing. I tended to do anything as long as it felt like an adventure, and to stop when it felt like work, which meant that life did not feel like work.” Neil Gaiman, ‘Make good art’. Picture taken in Paris in October 2013.

3. Taste

Book-CupcakesReading is a travel, and we need provisions. There are many cooking books inspired in literary worlds. Maybe the most famous ones (also because of the importance that food has in the stories) are the ones based on Alice and on ‘Game of Thrones’/’A song of ice and fire’. But we have many others. For example, what about ‘Like water for chocolate’?

But we don’t need an elaborated dish to make our reading experience better. Just with a simple dish of pasta, or a glass of wine and a platter of cheese, we have more than enough to travel through time and space.

4. Smell

a-coffee_art_39-300x214This is related to what I have said before: travel, wander, explore… eat. And drink. Sometimes, the best companion for that new book is a cup of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.

Speaking of new books? Do you also love the smell of new books when coming back from a convention, fair or just a visit to your favourite bookshop?

And what about those second hand bookshops, those old books inherited from your parents or grandparents…? For me, a nice library or bookshop IS paradise.

5. Touch

6195783951_eb1edebe46_zRelated to the last thing I said: A library or a bookshop is paradise for me, because I can touch, browse, look… The feeling of pages passing (and its sound) as you open a book for the first time is like the cracking of a door opened slowly for the first time, for us to step inside and see what awaits us.

 

Please, enjoy and cherish your books. They’re companions for a lifetime.

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Disfrutando de la literatura con los cinco sentidos

[Versión en inglés arriba – English version above]

Hoy es el Día del Libro, y habrá libros pasando de unas manos a otras en todo el mundo. En Cataluña, además, habrá rosas. Pero, ¿cómo podemos disfrutar de la compañía de nuestros nuevos mejores amigos al máximo? ¿Cómo podemos disfrutar de la literatura con los cinco sentidos?

1. Escucha

Es algo que dicen los padres cada dos por tres desde que nacemos: escucha a los demás y deja que digan lo que tengan que decir antes de hablar. Escuchar es la mejor forma de aprender. Escuchar y leer.

Como estamos hablando de literatura, hablamos de leer y de escribir. ¿Y quién mejor para hablarnos de los secretos de la escritura que el gran Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself)?

Éste es una de mis charlas favoritas para motivarme. O quizás es mi favorita.

Hay tantas frases a destacar de este discurso que os voy a dejar escucharlo y elegir las vuestras a vosotros.

Podéis leer la transcripción en inglés aquí.

'Calles de arena', Paco Roca. "Reading is a long conversation with several different people, all of them living in your head, all of them demanding your attention." Nick Hornby.

‘Calles de arena’, Paco Roca.
“Reading is a long conversation with several different people, all of them living in your head, all of them demanding your attention.” Nick Hornby.

2. Mira

Lee. Viaja, camina, observa, lee. Mira, explora, investiga, lee. La literatura, para lectores y para escritores, es un viaje, una aventura.

Como lectores, podemos viajar a cualquier lugar y época. Sólo necesitamos abrir un libro, pasar una página.

Como escritores, necesitamos leer para aprender, para, como dice Nick Hornby, “conversar” con otros.

"I’m a reader for lots of reasons. On the whole, I tend to hang out with readers, am I’m scared they wouldn’t want to hang out with me if I stopped. (They’re interesting people, and they know a lot of interesting things, and I’d miss them.) I’m a writer, and I need to read, for inspiration and education and because I want to get better, and only books can teach me how. Sometimes, yes, I read to find things out – as I get older, I feel my ignorance weighing more heavily on me. I want to know what it’s like to be him or her, to live there or then. I love the detail about the workings of the human heart and mind that only fiction can provide – film can’t get close enough." Nick Hornby

“I’m a reader for lots of reasons. On the whole, I tend to hang out with readers, am I’m scared they wouldn’t want to hang out with me if I stopped. (They’re interesting people, and they know a lot of interesting things, and I’d miss them.) I’m a writer, and I need to read, for inspiration and education and because I want to get better, and only books can teach me how. Sometimes, yes, I read to find things out – as I get older, I feel my ignorance weighing more heavily on me. I want to know what it’s like to be him or her, to live there or then. I love the detail about the workings of the human heart and mind that only fiction can provide – film can’t get close enough.” Nick Hornby

3. Saborea

La lectura es un viaje, y necesitamos provisiones. Hay muchos libros de recetas inspiradas en diversos mundos literarios. Quizás los más conocidos sean los basados en los mundos de Alicia y de ‘Juego de tronos’/’Canción de hielo y fuego’. Pero hay muchos más libros relacionados con la comida. Por ejemplo, ¿habéis leído ‘Como agua para chocolate’?

Pero no necesitamos un plato complicado para hacer de nuestra lectura una experiencia inolvidable. Con un simple plato de pasta o un vaso de vino y un poco de queso podemos tener más que suficiente para viajar en el tiempo y en el espacio.

4. Huele

Esto tiene que ver con lo que he dicho más arriba: viajar, caminar, explorar… comer. Y beber. A veces, la mejora compañía para ese libro que acabas de adquirir viene en forma de taza: un café, un té o un chocolate caliente.

Hablando de libros nuevos… ¿A vosotros no os encanta también el olor de esos libros nuevos? ¿Y el de los libros antiguos, comprados de segunda mano o heredado de vuestros padres o abuelos?

Para mí, sin duda una buena librería o biblioteca ES el paraíso.

"Café"... ¿Va con uno o dos azucarillos? - Le Chat

“Café”… ¿Va con uno o dos azucarillos?
– Le Chat

5. Toca

DSCN5452En relación con lo último que he dicho: Una librería o una biblioteca es un paraíso para mí, porque puedo tocar, mirar, investigar… Esa sensación (y ese sonido) de las páginas al pasar cuando abres un libro por primera vez es como cuando abres una puerta despacio y te asomas con cuidado para ver qué se oculta al otro lado.

 

Por favor, disfrutad y cuidad vuestros libros. Os acompañarán toda la vida.

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