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очень краткий пересказ, только основное из текста, пожалуйста This quotation belongs to a famous English philosopher Francis Bacon 1561 1626 . He himself expands on it further that is, some books are to be read only in Parts others to be read but not Curiously and some few to be read wholly, and with Diligence and Attention. One can t but admire the exactness and universal wisdom of the idea. In fact it is a hundred percent true. Actually long before the invention of printing people valued books as precious treasure troves of the human knowledge and experience. Hard-written manuscripts took months of writing and were collected and kept in monasteries with utmost care. A rough calculation shows that nowadays there are more books on our planet than men alive. Most of them originated as written records of historical events. Then they began reflecting not only intellectual, but also moral experience of their creators. As science progressed books began to involve observations, conclusions and theoretical thinking. The books of today reflect such a large scope of information that it s practically impossible to mention all types of them. Approximately we can define different kinds of books as fiction and non-fiction, science-fiction biographies, books about political, social and economic subjects travel books romances thrillers, adventure and love stories, detective stories fairy tales and fantasies ghost stories and mysteries, animal stories and family stories. But lets go back to our quotation. To my mind all books are to be tasted. A modern, well-educated person should be able to use not only textbooks, but reference books, dictionaries, encyclopedias, vocabularies and all sorts of informational publications. These books serve the purpose of learning, teaching and instructing. In fact you have to taste all other books as well to know what suits your personal interests and inclinations. If a book has got a gripping plot and takes in religious fanatics, bear attacks, resurrected lovers and obsessions we can read it in a gulp. A well-written novel usually mixes adventure and romance with great flair. Everybody likes books where fictional characters are loosely based on real Beverly Hills people. Some of my friends are hooked on tales where Cinderella meets a megastar, usually a womanizer, who falls for her. Sometimes a villain or a villainess comes into her happiness. Murder and mayhem follow. Such improbable tale is just the thing for a lazy holiday reading. Most of mysteries and horror books are called escapist books. They take you away from every day problems into the land of witchcraft, spooks, ghosts and miracles. Some of them are highly enjoyable nail-biters with fast-paced plot and a hero that verges on a superhero. As a rule people seldom reread a detective story or a fast-moving thriller that s full of intrigue. I admit that it may be highly entertaining, but hence the investigation is over and the criminal is found you sign with relief and forget it. These are the books to be swallowed. However, there is another type of books that is to be chewed and digested. These are the works by brilliant minds of mankind. Most of them have great one liners like all families are happy in the same way in Tolstoy s Anna Karenina or Bolivar can t carry both from O Henry. One needs certain intelligence and experience, persistence and perseverance to digest them. Pretty often our comprehension of the plot and messages of these literary works changes as we grow up. One really must be in love to understand Tatiana from Eugenie Onegin . Sometimes a scholar has to chew to study some additional literature or autobiographical books to understand the author s motivations or even consult the critics , who will help him understand the meaning of exquisite metaphors, epithets or tricky connotations. Very often it is not needed. We can t but admire how brilliantly Walter Scott captures the splendor and the savagery of mediaeval times, making his novels a superb, exciting reading. A talented writer can plot tautly without losing descriptive quality, which adds to the entertainment. The reader then finds himself plunged into a new life and a strange land. S. Maugham used to say that a real masterpiece makes you share the feelings and emotions of the people who used to live hundreds of yeas ago, thousands miles away. In conclusion I d like to prolong Francis Bacon s quotation and advise the readers to eat as many books as possible, no matter whether you have to swallow, chew or digest them. The only thing he has to remember is that the happy eater never becomes a gourmet.

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перевсти текст Christmas morning came around. Fraser was feeling rather sad. His fingers were cold and his claws were almost frozen like icicles. His horns had frost on them and he couldn’t feel his tail, which had been lying on the ground. He stood up and rubbed his arms and went outside. "What’s this?" he gasped. He picked up the package. "It’s a Christmas present," he laughed. He opened it up. "Oh, a lovely woolen blanket. Who made this?" he wondered. He looked at the tree. "Rowan berries, nuts and feathers. How pretty! It’s the best Christmas tree I’ve ever had!" He went back inside and turned on his oven and started to make himself a Christmas meal. As he was chopping the leeks, he heard a noise coming from the entrance to his cave. "Can we come in?" Carly asked. Fraser was surprised. He had guests on Christmas Day! "Come in, all of you. I’m about to fix supper. Would you like to stay?" he asked. Carly, Siobhan, Rabbie, Harry and Gillian spent the rest of the day in the cave with Fraser, nibbling on his leeks and potatoes, haggis, sausages, bacon, sweets of every sort imaginable, bannocks, raisins and boiled eggs. "This is the best Christmas I’ve ever had," he sighed, happily. "Thank you for the blanket. There’ll be no more cold nights for me now." He noticed that Siobhan didn’t have as much wool as usual and smiled at her. "Merry Christmas to you all," he shouted. "Merry Christmas to you too, Fraser," they replied. From then on, the other animals in Thistleberry Glen stopped by Fraser’s cave for tea and caramel shortbread whenever they were nearby and even invited the dragon to their houses, even though he was too big to fit inside.