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A History of Reading - Alberto Manguel
A History of Reading
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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... show more
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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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780140166545 (0140166548)
Publisher: Penguin
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
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Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
3.5
The first half of this mediation about reading is good, nice and strong. Yet the book feels as if it has gone for a tad bit too long. There are some interesting facts and stories crammed into this mediation about reading. The Library at Night, however, was a stronger book.
Joanne
Joanne rated it
Wow, this was very educational, a bit overwhelming. I learned a lot but also skimmed a few chapters that just had too much information for me. Overall though, there were plenty of interesting topics covered, from the origins of reading and writing, reading aloud, banned books and even the history of...
ibrahemz
ibrahemz rated it
3.0 تاريخ القراءة
حسنًا إذًا .. قررت أن أنهي هذا الكتاب الآن! في الحقيقة لم يرق لي هذا الكتاب تمامًا، وخالف توقعاتي عنه، وهذا ليس من منتصفه أو آخره، بل لقد تكشف لي الأمر منذ البداية، "مانغويل" يتحدث فعلاً عن "تاريخ" القراءة، وليس ـ كما كنت أظن لفترة طويلة، وربما ما فهمته من حديث القرَّاء عنه، أنه يتحدث عن مواقفه هو ...
Lotus wild over sakura
Lotus wild over sakura rated it
4.0 'AHistory of Reading by Manguel, Alberto ( Author ) ON Apr-07-1997, Paperback'
Even though I am in the midst of reading of this book, every page is a passage to scintillating information. It clears the misconception of reading being restricted to literacy(books) and moves on to this unbelievable plethora of deciphering methods for gaining wisdom and knowledge. From primitive ...
Joanne
Joanne rated it
Wow, this was very educational, a bit overwhelming. I learned a lot but also skimmed a few chapters that just had too much information for me. Overall though, there were plenty of interesting topics covered, from the origins of reading and writing, reading aloud, banned books and even the history of...
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