Tag: childhood

J.K. Rowling Secretly Buys Childhood Home That Started It All

Long before the world-renowned author became a staple for bookshelves everywhere, she was growing up in the magical church cottage that inspired it all.

Located in the quaint village of Tutshill, Gloucestershire, the home is anything but lacking in serene views and mystical quirks, including an under-stairs cupboard that may sound familiar to fans of the series, and a bedroom wall with a scribbled marking “Joanne Rowling slept here circa 1982”. Rowling reportedly spent the formative years of her life, age nine to eighteen, there with her family and later purchased it back again under her married name.

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The low-key transaction reportedly cost Rowling a whopping $505,000 in 2011 and has only come to light now due to renovations finally being approved on the historically listed building.  Though it is unclear what exactly she plans to do with the 170-year-old home, some locals contemplate whether it may become a vacation home for families in need. Uh, hello, I’m in need!

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Think You Understand An Old Book? Think Again!

Do you remember reading those curriculum books when you were in school? Do books like Diary of a Young Girl, Animal Farm, or Adventures of Huckleberry Finn ring any bells? If so, what would you think if I was to say that what you understood about those books you read as a child will now be very different now as an adult?

 

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Vivian Gornick’s new book, Unfinished Business: Notes of a Chronic Re-Reader, discusses this exactly. In her book, she writes how re-reading a book as an older woman has shown she has a different comprehension of a book’s subject, as well as its characters. How is this possible?

 

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Gornick says that as an older woman, her perspective on previously read books has changed due to time, age, and shifting culture. So, when she re-read Son’s and Lovers, the theme of sexual passion was no longer what she was picking up. This makes a lot of sense, considering that as we get older, our views on things change (which could explain why we can identify with our parents when we’re older).

 

 

As Gornick talks more about the book, she says that she “had to grow into the reader for whom the book was written.” So, if it’s been a long time since you’ve read those books from elementary or middle school, trying picking them up again! Who knows what you’ll learn from them this time!

 

If you’re interested, of course.

 

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