No one will understand others unless he/she goes through the same disaster. Until we suffer, we can never truly understand the sufferings of others. Until we fail, we can never truly understand the shame of others. Until we are frustrated, we can never truly understand the loneliness of others. Until we lose someone, we can never truly understand the grief of others.
Until we are rejected, we can never truly understand the bitterness of others. Until we are being judged and put down, we can never truly understand the dismay of others. Until we are betrayed, we can never truly understand the anger of others. Until we are attacked, we can never truly understand the fear of others. Until we are hurt, we can never truly understand the hurt of others.
It is my belief that human body is capable of getting better the more it is used so as to the mind when it is more exercised, the more it is sharpened. World-class writers’ works deserve to be read and appreciated. Books should be palatable and digestible in order for us to absorb all those words of wisdom. We should be exposed to great minds. What are books for if not for the sharpening of the saw? Books are guaranteed to inform, entertain, stimulate, enlighten, challenge, ignite, move, inspire, heal and help us. But how can we properly digest if books are translated? Does it have a faithful reproduction of the original? Truly so, the article comments:
If we accept the views of translation as the creation
of a new work of art and language as dynamic,
then translations cannot be held only to the test
of fidelity. In making this argument, Walter
Benjamin further asserted that translations enter
into the literary history of their target languages,
informing and even transforming them.
I noticed that some books turned into movies have been revised into another do not entirely produce the original. There are revisions of the characters, plot, setting and compressing them into movie does not present the authentic work of the writers. The new version of those literary works alter them in a lesser and higher degree depending on how the translator digested the original. Thus:
In modern times, a national literature reveals its
power of renewal and revival through the quality
and number of its translators. More than that,
he goes on to claim, translation can illuminate,
compelling the original, as it were into reluctant
clarity. It can paradoxically reveal the stature of a
body of work which had been undervalued or
ignored in its native guise.
A book widens our imagination by taking us to new places and different situations and offers us the meaning of life from someone else’s eyes through the literary devices. Truly indeed, it renders us astonishing plots with heart-warming themes that eternally breathe to touch human spirit. Thus, it leads us to observe society from afar and lives of other people at other times and deepens our understanding of history, arts and culture across nations generations ago.
In its widest sense, a great book has the power to awaken in us a lively sense of pleasure and quickens our love for beauty, truth or goodness and therefore, it moves us to generous thoughts and noble actions. Within the same context, the dystopian contemporary novel written by Suzanne Collins The Hunger Games Trilogy contains comprehensive course of life that provides lesson on literature and philosophy. It explores human values interspersing psychological, moral and social elements that Collins enchants the readers by casting spell of her unbounded imagination.
In its similar context, another writer brings to life a new philosophy which has semblance to the aforementioned book series…. Veronica Roth penned a utopian society….which is somehow opposite of a dystopian society…. while Katniss is a heroine in a dystopian society, Beatrice is also the same in a utopian society.
Both of them are leaders and mobilizes others to act and stand for a what they believe in.
Matter-of-factly, they are super women but not necessarily a superhero. They are humans and like all people, have faults, limitations and imperfections just like the rest of us. Heroism per se means standing up for the values we believe in. It is about willingness to make the hard choices and going down a path that is the road less travelled in order to have a redeemed society. Truly so, we need to salute strong female character……