I would love to get some comments and feedback on this supplement essay for Colgate University.
The prompt for the essay is: Colgate's core curriculum teaches students empathy, informed debate, and critical thinking. Please tell us what book or piece of literature you believe is important for the entire Colgate Class of 2021 to read. Why?
(250 words or less)
"The Shadow of the Wind", by Carlos Ruiz Zafón
I read this novel two summers ago and it hasn't left my mind. Despite being almost 600 pages long, I finished it in under two nights.
It's about Daniel, a kid from Barcelona who falls in love with a novel he finds at the "Cemetery of Forgotten Books", but when he starts looking for more works from the same author, he discovers that someone has burned all the copies of the author's books, except for the one he owns. This drags Daniel into a quest to find the author, but during his mission he will also discover a hidden world of secrets, murder, and love.
This is the book the 2021 Class should read because it promotes love for literature, something I believe our generation has forgot in the past years. Even though it presumes to be a regular novel, its unique value stands within the message given by Ruiz Zafón: a book can be a life-changing experience, therefore, we should never deny ourselves the opportunity to be immersed by a book.
Maybe it was just my experience, although I doubt it, but this book changed my perspective on literature. With the author's idea that not necessarily all the best books are written by the best-selling, famous writers; I understood there are lots of great minds who come unnoticed and it's in us to discover them.
This book will undoubtedly promote passion for broad learning to new Colgate students.
Thanks for the help!