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The Library at Night - Alberto Manguel
The Library at Night
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Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and reading, has taken up the subject of libraries. “Libraries,” he says, “have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I... show more
Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and reading, has taken up the subject of libraries. “Libraries,” he says, “have always seemed to me pleasantly mad places, and for as long as I can remember I’ve been seduced by their labyrinthine logic.” In this personal, deliberately unsystematic, and wide-ranging book, he offers a captivating meditation on the meaning of libraries. Manguel, a guide of irrepressible enthusiasm, conducts a unique library tour that extends from his childhood bookshelves to the “complete” libraries of the Internet, from Ancient Egypt and Greece to the Arab world, from China and Rome to Google. He ponders the doomed library of Alexandria as well as the personal libraries of Charles Dickens, Jorge Luis Borges, and others. He recounts stories of people who have struggled against tyranny to preserve freedom of thought—the Polish librarian who smuggled books to safety as the Nazis began their destruction of Jewish libraries; the Afghani bookseller who kept his store open through decades of unrest. Oral “memory libraries” kept alive by prisoners, libraries of banned books, the imaginary library of Count Dracula, the library of books never written—Manguel illuminates the mysteries of libraries as no other writer could. With scores of wonderful images throughout, The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through Manguel’s mind, memory, and vast knowledge of books and civilizations.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780300151305 (0300151306)
Publisher: Yale University Press
Pages no: 383
Edition language: English
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Gypsy Librarian on Books
Gypsy Librarian on Books rated it
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The quote comes from the book The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel. I have posted my review to my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click the link to read the full review. I can tell you right now this is probably one of the nicest books I have read so far this year. Link to review: http://...
Chris' Fish Place
Chris' Fish Place rated it
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The greatest thing about any online site or program that allows a reader to create virtual shelves for books is that it allows the reader to create virtual shelves for books. If you have a library, a private library, than you know the contrasting feeling of joy of rearranging the books but also the...
To Read Is to Fly
To Read Is to Fly rated it
5.0
Alberto Manguel understands you.He knows that you look at your shelves at night, remembering a favorite passage, or how you acquired a book, as your gaze moves across titles on spines in the moonlight.He sympathizes with your attempts to figure out new ways to organize your books, a task that become...
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3.0 The Library at Night
I decided to add this book to my iPad, quite spontaneously. I am happy I did. Manguel, a book lover, seemed to be sharing all his favorite thoughts about books with me, another book lover. I only wish I’d finished this book in time to discuss it with my online group.
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