The Binding Review: It Shows Us How Valuable Books Really Are

Why we need more books like The Binding to remind us of how valuable books really are.

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As students we all know how valuable books are… well, we definitely know their monetary value, however we can oftentimes forget that books including textbooks, were created with intent. Authors create books with aims of education or simply as a release. Be that as it may, by creating a book, authors like Bridget Collins help remind us how are more than their bodily place on our shelves. Collins is not the only author who uses her books to show how valuable the art of literature is, but she uses her literature to show what a world where books are feared would look like. Books are memories and thoughts, outlets for the creatives whilst they do occupy a place on our bookshelves or as storage on a device, books are a map between past and present not only to be referenced in our essays. 

Within ‘The Binding’, we’re taught the old methods used when creating a physical book, the amount of time that their creation consumes and what the outcomes include. Regardless of the book the outcome shows the importance of storytelling. When books are created thoughts and memories are given a physical being and with that power Collins has created a story that you can’t take your eyes away from.

In her first adult novel Collins has shown the beauty of storytelling as well as the bodies of the books themselves. By describing the books in such ways that feel like they’re enriched with power. Only as Collins develops the tale following the character ‘Emmett’ and his story of forbidden love you can see how the books are an integral part of his journey, the creation of them becomes his job. Whilst at first, he is repelled by such an object he later begins to enjoy his craft feeling at ease even when in an illegal library, though he may be influenced by lust towards another character.

Collins creates a world where books are a secret, as well as secret keepers. Their importance throughout reminds the character who he was and gives wonder to what his future may hold. Within the novel you end up rooting for the character ‘Emmett’ as he sets on his passage as a binder, hoping that he masters his craft, finds his love, lives the life he yearns for. Collins uses this three-dimensional character to present the importance of storytelling.

More authors, like Collins, are using their novels to show how a world without books would be dismal, how a world without storytelling is not short of an unimaginable one. 

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