Sometimes the notes in the pages of a book left by one of the previous readers may not be less interesting than the content itself. Gleb Colondo was convinced of this by the example of the study of a used book of “Bees in People’s Lives” by Naum Ioiris.
Since February 24, 2022, we have all faced the coming barbarism, violence and lies. In this situation, it is extremely important to preserve at least the remnants of civilization and to uphold the values of humanity, including for the sake of Russia’s future. As a result, Gorky’s authors will continue to talk about books, reminding our readers that there is room for thought and imagination in the world.
Reading a book with the pencil of lines is not just an exciting and useful activity. The emphasis left by the reader on the pages makes his copy unique, turning it into a kind of artistic object. By purchasing such a book “read for art” from a used book dealer, we have the opportunity to follow not only the thoughts of its author, but also the thoughts of a person unknown to us, a fellow reader, often completely different. from U.S. An exciting and thrilling experience.
At my disposal was the book “Bees in the lives of people” by the candidate of medical sciences and popularizer of medical beekeeping Naum Petrovich Ioyrish. She, like many thousands of her sisters, was printed at Kiev’s No. 1 bookstore by order of the Urozhai publishing house in 1969.
Some of the previous owners of “Bees …” left many marks on the pages. It is true that not with a pencil, but with two colored pens at the same time – red and green. Something that, as we say, does not correspond well enough to the reader’s ethics: in the end, a pencil can go out, but a pen is no longer very good. Therefore, they are usually highlighted with a pencil.
On the other hand, it is an illusion. Who has ever erased pencil marks from a book? For this, after all, you need a good eraser. And from another eraser there are so many dirty stains and debris that it is better not to erase them at all.
That was it: do not erase the underlinings – this is the best! Because watching someone’s inscriptions and signs in old books is an exciting experience.
You will never know who read so carefully and colorful the book printed at house number 5 on Dovzhenko Street about bees. But one has the feeling that this person was interested in literally everything – from the history of beekeeping and the structure of the bee colony to the myths and legends associated with honey and the futuristic, if not spectacular, ideas of Soviet beekeepers. Here, for example, is one of them:
“If the bees extract poisonous nectar from plants and process it in the belly of their honey without harming themselves, then it is possible to force them to extract it from honey medicinal plants or to process artificial medicinal solutions, fruit juices, vegetables, etc. λπ. in honey. ; “
Or a little higher:
“Couldn’t bees make different kinds of honey according to human will?”
The suggestion that insects could be commanded obviously excited the reader. Just in this part of the book, he changed the red pen to green, underlined, highlighted the paragraph with a curly hook and put an exclamation mark.
It can be understood. The question “is it possible to come in contact with a bee?” excites everyone who loves these creatures. The Austrian researcher Karl von Frisch spent his whole life watching how bees communicate with each other through “dance” and other signals. And of course I tried to “establish dialogue”. To do this, in particular, he made artificial bees and placed them in hives. But no matter how cleverly the fake sister was made, the bees quickly recognized the deception and reacted with her as if it were Winnie the Pooh, who pretended to be a cloud. Instead of communicating, at first they were buzzing suspiciously and then they started biting the “unknown”. And since the figure of the bee could not escape, soon only parts of it remained.
But was the bee control dream the most vivid (judging by the amount of paste spent) experience my predecessor had when communicating with Yoirish’s text? Not at all. Sometimes, drifting, a person with a bright pen spent much more effort, drawing not one, but two bold exclamations at the same time. And sometimes he even used, apparently, a homemade badge – an exclamation mark and a small ten at the top. Something like an exclamation point in the tenth force.
Such exclamations can accompany both really fun and seemingly completely obvious things. But highlighted with color and icons, they take on extra weight. You begin to search for the sacred meaning in the known for a long time and rediscover truths such as: “Food is necessary for a person to grow and develop the body” – underlined with a bold dashed line. THE: “Honey, when stored properly, never molds” – also sharp dotted line.
It seems that Ionesco said that this was the beginning of his program for the theater of the absurd performance “The Bald Singer”. While studying English from a beginner’s textbook, which consisted entirely of basic truths in Easy English, he suddenly discovered that the floor was down and the ceiling was high and that there were seven days in a week. Not that he did not know it before, but it suddenly appeared to him with all possible clarity.
A giant exclamation mark accompanies the aphorism: “Any honey obtained without the involvement of bees should be considered artificial, not natural.” Bold red underline under the words: “Strawberries with cream and honey – a delicious and very healthy dish”. And other slogans of a honey-strawberry utopia that won somewhere in a parallel world or in a separate consciousness.
Sometimes the reader with the book built something like a dialogue. For example, Yoirish writes:
“The Assyrians were extremely skilled with bees. They knew a sound “secret” that gave power to a swarm of bees.
Strong emphasis and exclamation mark. It seems that one is not opposed to gaining control of the swarm. However, a little further down the same page, having encountered a remark “This power of sound has a very unpleasant effect on the beekeeper”, the reader highlights it with a timid thin line and puts a thin question mark. Like, what is it, why? But what about controlling swarms and occupying the universe?
The reader paid special attention to the part of the book that talks about the health benefits of honey. “Nervous, exhausted and tired people are advised to drink a glass of water at night in which a spoonful of honey and the juice of half a lemon has been dissolved or to eat two tablespoons of honey to restore energy.” – strong emphasis, exclamation mark. “Royal jelly contains vitamin E, which can stimulate sexual activity” – strong emphasis and exclamation mark in the tenth degree. “Honey is the stomach’s best friend. I think it helps a lot in constipation. – strong underline and a large two-tone exclamation mark in the tenth degree (large green mark and red ten). Obviously, in the latter case, we were talking about something painfully personal.
However, towards the end of the book, the reader’s attention is significantly reduced. Starting from the third from the end of the chapter with a positive title “Bees are a source of joy, health and inspirationThere is almost no sign. Either the reader has already learned everything he needed, or he is used to receiving joy and inspiration in other ways.
Although, as it turns out, the book continues to entice with a wide variety of information – you know, underline. Here, for example, is the story of how bees almost upset the wedding of a great friend of German hives, Friedrich Wilhelm Vogel:
Already a mature and experienced beekeeper, Vogel said, “When I took out the first honeycomb hanging on a string and brought it to my bride, I was happy to kiss not her, but Pastor Dzerzhon.”
What is this? However, no trace of red or green pens.
Ή here – from the chapter “Hygiene and hygiene in the apiary”: “The beekeeper’s hands must always be clean”. Why not a new slogan?
In the last chapter of the book, “The importance of water for bees”, the fingers themselves grasp the pencil to locate and adorn the thought: “Water is the most important element that ensures the implementation of all life processes of the body.” Is it worse than the red story about the importance of food?
One way or another, in the last fifty pages with me was only Naum Yoirish and his fellow beekeepers. The owner of the colorful pens disappeared without a trace.
The final, if you look in order, the mark he made is at the end of the book, where sometimes empty space is left “for notes”. Joirish and the Harvest publishing house did not envisage such a place, which did not prevent the reader from writing in red pen directly on the spine: “30 grams – per day”. Maybe this should indicate that someone left the bees in their world and decided to start a new life with the slogan “honey is the best friend of the stomach”. Initially, we stop at a daily dose of 30 grams.
All that remains is to rejoice for the unknown owner of bright pens. The following is a clear example of how reading a book can be a creative and productive activity. And of course, special thanks to the stranger who did not hide his reading experience from everyone in his head, but poured it into a book, thus preserving for the next part of his mysterious, strange, obviously not trivial nature.
Including the ability to combine the dreams of adults with the ability to enjoy simple things. Like a healthy stomach or strawberries with cream.