The Lost Childhood and Other Essays - Graham Greene

published 1951

a collection of essays and book reviews by Graham Greene published in 1951

In childhood, all books are books of divination...

Perhaps it is only in childhood that books have any deep influence on our lives. In later life we admire, we are entertained, we may modify some views we already hold, but we are more likely to find in books merely a confirmation of what it is in our minds already; as in a love affair, it is our own features that we see reflected flatteringly back. But in childhood, all books are books of divination, telling us about the future, and like the fortune teller who sees a long journey in the cards or death by water they influence the future.

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