An elderly academic whose profession is no longer needed as people’s urge for knowledge and intellectual development aren’t welcomed. Faber is trying to cope with authoritative norms in his own way. But even being an avid collector and admirer of books who dreams of enlarging his collection, the ex-professor considers himself too old and scared to openly protest against the burning of books. He does nothing to stop this barbaric practice. When Guy approaches him, professor becomes his mentor to help him grasp what is written in numerous books. With his help, Guy begins to realize that what really matters are the stories of people’s lives and their personal experiences which are reflected in books.
Professor Faber Quotes
We are living in a time when flowers are trying to live on flowers, instead of growing on good rain and black loam. Even fireworks, for all their prettiness, come from the chemistry of the earth. Yet somehow we think we can grow, feeding on flowers and fireworks, without completing the cycle back to reality.
Professor Faber in the Essays