A Reading Diary

A Reading Diary : A Year of Favourite Books

By (author) Alberto Manguel


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While travelling in Calgary, Alberto Manguel was struck by how the novel he was reading seemed to reflect the world he was living in. An article in the daily paper would be suddenly illuminated by a passage in the novel; a long reflection would be prompted by a single word. He decided to keep a record of these moments, rereading a book a month, and formed "A Reading Diary": a volume of notes, impressions of travel, of friends, of public and private events, all elicited by his reading.

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  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 129 x 199 x 12mm | 195g
  • 31 Aug 2006
  • Canongate Books Ltd
  • Edinburgh
  • English
  • 1841958212
  • 9781841958217
  • 261,348

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Alberto Manguel was born in Buenos Aires and has lived in Italy, England, Tahiti, Canada and France. He is a prize-winning translator and has edited ten anthologies. He has published two novels, including Stevenson Under the Palm Trees (published by Canongate). His non-fiction includes Reading Pictures and The Dictionary of Imaginary Places, among other works.

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"If you don't have room in your case for 12 of your own favourites, A Reading Diary would be the best substitute." OBSERVER "Inspirational and enormously entertaining." BIG ISSUE "An elegant, quaint and sensitive meditation on the nature of reading." TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT"

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