Graphs, Maps, Trees

I am a reader. Not exactly sure what it means by modern standards, but I call myself a reader because I like how books impact my brain. Be it a historical novel or Moretti’s Graphs, Maps, Trees, I savor words selected by the author and connections they create in my mind. Imagination is what I believe has been driving human civilization from the very beginning. To imagine is to be human. By reading, imagination ignites. I have a friend who prefers not to read interesting books while managing multiple projects at work since he knows it keeps his mind distracted to the point he hardly makes it to work. He says he loves to be in a different reality, but books sometimes imprison his brain in a very particular way. My friend confided to me that in his twenties he would sometimes call in sick and simply stay home with his book. It felt good, but also terrified him. Although I have never missed work because of a book, I often do not want to re-emerge from a different reality. The explanation to this phenomenon can be found in Moretti’s chapter three, Trees. Literature, especially novels, evolves and adjusts to the new realities of a certain generation. There is an innumerable variation of books to every person’s liking. If someone misses work because of a book, it means she found the one with the correct embranchment. Moretti’s tree schemes show there is an indefinite number of ramification in novels. If you were never enchanted by a novel you might not have found the right one for yourself yet. But if you did and you are totally immersed in a fictional world, maybe start analyzing why the book engages you this much. I think Maps, Moretti’s second chapter, would be the most helpful in this inquiry. Is it a circular or linear map of fictional reality that makes you want to come back? Having reduced the text to minimum elements, what geometric form arises by creating connections between the characters? Why is it happening and what meaning does it convey to you? Graphs, Maps, Trees provides its readers with an interesting analysis of connections between social/historical situation of a certain timeframe current to it novels, and with an interesting analysis of schemes novels unwittingly produce in human imagination. I think I received some of the answers from Moretti.