Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Can't Resist This One...

Never read books you aren’t sure about morally, even supposing that these bad books are very well written from a literary point of view. Let me ask you this: Would you drink something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup?
— St. John Bosco

3 comments:

Donna Alice said...

Very true---nice quote.

Deb said...

I wonder, though--how do you know it's unsound unless you've read it? I do rely on friends' recommendations for or against, but...

T2

Janny said...

Oh, I think you can tell within a couple of pages whether a book's going to take you down a path it ought not to take you down. Some of us go down them anyway...and I could especially identify with this quote after reading CROSS, by James Patterson.

Keenly as I love the character of Alex Cross that Patterson created, and as much as I'd wanted to read that book, the actual storyline and treatment was pretty much undiluted, unrelieved darkness. I got done with it and wanted to take a shower from the inside out, and as I contemplated it, I thought, "Hmmm, maybe that's not such a good book to spend time in, morally speaking."

But I wouldn't have had to read the whole thing in order to realize that, either. I guess my conscience is just becoming more audible. :-)


Janny