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When books offer comfort

Updated : June 21, 2019 03:27 PM IST

When the going gets tough, a sensible strategy is to retire between the covers of a book.
Confirming what those who turn to books for comfort have long felt, a recent study shows that we can derive a similar amount of life satisfaction from feeling that we belong to a fictional world as we can from belonging to a real life group.
Despite all the generalisations one can make — and has made — about such comfort reading, it remains true that the nature of such titles is intensely personal, and hence entirely subjective.
When books offer comfort

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