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Manguel Alberto : History of Reading

Manguel Alberto : History of Reading

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Alberto Manguel

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  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 28mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 30 October 1997
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0140166548
  • ISBN 13: 9780140166545
  • Sales rank: 186,122

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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book--that string of confused, alien ciphers--shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel lingers over reading as seduction, as rebellion, as obsession, and goes on to trace the never-before-told story of the reader's progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.

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Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, and editor of international reputation; his many books include The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (with Gianni Guadalupi), the award-winning novel News From a Foreign Country Came, and the short story anthologies Black Water, The Gates of Paradise, and (with Craig Stephenson) In Another Part of the Forest. Born in Buenos Aires, Manguel has traveled extensively and is now a Canadian citizen.

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By martin 26 Dec 2010 5

Mangurl Alberto is one of those people whose love of books and things literary are an inspiration to those of us who see reading as a vocation. His very personal examination of reading and books while informative and entertaining is much more. It is a joyful hymn of praise to all things literary.

I read this book not only capturing glimpses of very enaging readers and authors through history, but also seeing the development in Manguel's love of books.

I enjoyed the sense of companionship with him as I nodded in agreement about certain books and noted some I have not read - but now will! His enthusiasm and eclectic choices have challenged my reading horizons.