What are the themes in "The Portable Phonograph" by Walter Van Tilburg Clark? How does it connects to our lives?

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One theme is that beauty and art are more valuable than ever in a post-Holocaust world in which civilization has been destroyed. The men treat the emergence and playing of the portable phonograph with religious reverence. Hearing the music seems more important to them than eating. The Debussy nocturne they choose to hear on the windup phonograph (it doesn't need electricity) transports them. They recognize and respond to the privilege of hearing good music with an intensity that would not be possible if civilization were still intact.

Beyond the phonograph, they treasure the four books Jenkins saved, and the man who is a writer longs for the paper he does not have. These men understand, as does the reader, that...

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