Summary Of Stephen King's On Writing: A Memoir Of The Craft

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“Books are uniquely portable magic,” Stephen King wrote in On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft. I quite agree with this view. In retrospect, the genres of books which I read gradually varied as of aged. Additionally, those books which I have read, broadened my horizon and improved my comprehension ability to some degree. When I was a preteen, my parents thought that reading as a good habit needed to be fostered from my childhood. Therefore, I had bedtime stories since I was three years old. My parents would prepare different stories and read for me everyday. The books at that time always had more cartoons than characters, and my parents would teach me to recognize characters in the books.
Then, I went to the elementary school at six years old and started to learn to read and learn Chinese Pinyin. Teachers would recommend the Pinyin story books to read, which helped me to know more
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However, this does not mean that I do not like reading anymore. I think I am just becoming mature and changing my tastes in reading. I am no longer satisfied with the novels, which are easy to read. I changed my taste to read more serious literature. For example, I like the book “Old Man and the Sea” which wrote by American author Ernest Hemingway. Although the story of The Old Man and the Sea is short, it has a profound moral. In this story, the old fisherman finally fails to catch a fish, he just takes back the fish’s backbone with its head and tail. However, the old fisherman still is a hero because his indestructible spirit. I am impressed with the quote, “but man is not made for defeat,’ the old fisherman said, ‘A man can be destroyed but not defeated’” (Hemingway). After I read this book, I sometimes reviewed my reading journey. If I read this book early in my teenage years, I might not understand the meaning behind the story. Therefore, I think my spirit world is gradually becoming mature with the help of

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