Reading, The Weapon of The Soul

April 23, 2020

How about discovering the world of the most illustrious Haitian writers? Thanks to literary tourism, it is possible to go to the places once frequented by the greatest Haitian writers because Haiti has an exciting heritage that we never tire of discovering. Beyond the simple facts, you will discover well-kept treasures of this sacred land. 

Literary tourism is a type of cultural tourism that deals with places and events based on fictional texts and the lives of their authors. Some scholars regard Literary tourism as a contemporary type of secular pilgrimage. Literary tourists are particularly interested in how places have influenced writing and, at the same time, created writing. Literary tourism, therefore, takes the visitor in the footsteps of an author or explores a territory through the many literary glances. 

To become a literary tourist, it’s enough to have a love of books and a curious state of mind; however, there are literary guides, maps, and circuits to help you on your journey. 

While most literary tourism focuses on famous works, more modern works written specifically to promote tourism are called tourist fiction. Modern tourist fiction can include travel guides that show readers how to visit the real places mentioned in the book. With recent technological advances in publishing, fiction books on digital tourism may even allow literary tourists to follow direct links to history-related tourism websites. This can be done on new electronic reading devices such as the Kindle, iPad, iPhone, smartphones, tablets, and even ordinary desktops and laptops. These links allow readers to instantly familiarize themselves with actual places without doing their own research on the Web. 

Literary tourism has become a “commercially significant” phenomenon, noted 10 years ago Nicola Watson (2006), and it has been further amplified with the generalization of the Internet. Visitors can now plan their literary excursions through numerous websites, whether they are passionate blogs, commercial sites, or public initiatives. From their computer, tourists can have access, for any locality, to information relating to the high places of literature, to the authors or works associated with them, but also to the bookstores and secondhand booksellers present, as well as to the events literary (festivals and workshops) in which they could participate. 

This paper is not only an invitation to read literary tourism but also to read in general because reading is the food of the mind. 

Indeed, according to a study carried out in 2009 by the University of Sussex (England), reading is the most effective way to combat stress, better still than listening to music or taking a short walk. As part of this study, researchers measured the participants’ muscle tension and heartbeat. They found that they relaxed six minutes after opening their book, on average. “No matter what book you read, by losing yourself completely in a captivating book, you can escape from your everyday anxieties and stresses and spend a moment exploring the realm of the author’s imagination,” explains the researcher. David Lewis in Telegraph. 

In the same vein of the benefits of reading, a study published in 2013 in the journal Neurology shows that reading would slow the cognitive decline of the brain in old age. Among 294 participants in the study, who died on average at the age of 89, those who had engaged in mentally stimulating activities such as reading during their lifetime experienced a slower decline in memory than the others. Those that began reading at an advanced age had an average lifespan that was 32% shorter. “Our study suggests that exercising one’s brain by engaging in activities such as these throughout one’s life is important for health in old age,” said Robert S. Wilson, the author of the study

Since reading is a real delight, a pleasure of thought, and a refuge during uncertain times, choose a book, feed your mind, and polish it. 

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Writer: Obed Blacker DORVILUS
Project Manager Le Paradis Haitien
Economist Planer/Accountant

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