The Finnsburg Fragment
...‘the gables are not burning.
Then hastened those heroes their home to see,
Men say to me, as son thou wishest
Tolkien, J. R. R.; Finn and Hengest: The Fragment and the Episode
We read a novel to escape. To Relax. to learn. to travel to the places we'd never otherwise see. To be inspired by heroines and heroes. To be challenged. To appreciate our lives and the lives of others in new ways. Fiction--- like science--- gives us a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world around us.