Yes, bertiebass, many readers look for pure escapism in reading a book. And yes, 'lowlife' in a book can be too real and uncomfortable as you say.
Yet, in Bukowski's first novel, Post Office, the main character, Harry Chinaski, offers me a different form of 'escape'... escape from the comfortable corners. I, too, like Chinaski was stuck ten years in a grunt job. As I read his novel, Post Office, about how he began his escape from the Post Office I become uncomfortable. I realize that I may be still stuck in the comfortable corners and not really living life on the center stage.
Thanks for your comments, bertiebass, you turned on the stage lights. I need to be uncomfortable. Can I open the curtains and step onto the Center Stage?
Or maybe I am stuck in the books? Do I choose to live in books and avoid the center stage where I am vulnerable?
|Modern Book Printing Sculpture from the Berliner Walk of Ideas from wikimedia commons|
Perhaps it is time for me to reread an earlier post: