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A History of Reading By Alberto Manguel A History of Reading 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 universe
  • Title: A History of Reading
  • Author: Alberto Manguel
  • ISBN: 9780140166545
  • Page: 219
  • Format: Paperback
  • A History of Reading By Alberto Manguel 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 thatAt 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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    1. Alberto Manguel

      Alberto Manguel born 1948 in Buenos Aires is an Argentine born writer, translator, and editor He is the author of numerous non fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places co written with Gianni Guadalupi in 1980 and A History of Reading 1996 The Library at Night 2007 and Homer s Iliad and Odyssey A Biography 2008 , and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came 1991 Manguel believes in the central importance of the book in societies of the written word where, in recent times, the intellectual act has lost most of its prestige Libraries the reservoirs of collective memory should be our essential symbol, not banks Humans can be defined as reading animals, come into the world to decipher it and themselves.

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    3. Though this is not a comprehensive history of reading, being only 319 pages of text excluding notes and index, it certainly feels like it is Dense with information, weighty with erudition, wordy with words, it covers the history of reading lying down, sitting up, in one s bedchamber, with and without eyeglasses, through translation, silently and aloud, alone and in groups The history of tablets, scrolls, and codices is covered The development of libraries and cataloging gets ample shrift The siz [...]




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    5. For some reason I found this work quite disappointing perhaps because the title promises than the book delivers The book comes across as an academic showing off of the author s extensive reading habits It quickly becomes a series of articles that discuss various aspects of writing, printing, book publishing, what it means to read , or to be read to , book burnings, book collecting, etc.All of these are interesting subjects in themselves, and often the sections include fascinating historical ma [...]


    6. A History of Reading is a rich and wonderful book a treasury of knowledge, stories and illustrations that takes us on an unforgettable journey Infinitely engaging and amusing, a sweeping exploration of what it means to be a reader of books, A History of Reading is a brilliant reminder of why we cherish the act of reading despite distractions from the Inquisition to the lures of cyberspace.Alberto Manguel reminds us that readers live in books as well as among them we find our own stories in books [...]


    7. 2 stars it was okay A shame, as this was only okay and I thought it should have been great There was a wealth of information about the history of reading, though none of it felt particularly well organised I enjoyed some parts, but then found whole sections very dry and laborious to get through I preferred the paragraphs about famous authors and quotes from their work, which led to me keeping notes of other books I d like to read Whereas I was not particularly interested in Manguel s own history [...]






    8. The problem with all books about reading is that they tend to get somewhat self regarding, too self conscious As for this one, I stopped reading this about halfway through about a year ago Sometimes Manguel s Joy of Reading passages got too purple for me, despite the interesting facts here and there There s interesting stuff beneath the goosh, however, and when the book reemerged from my bedside pile, I found the second half quite enjoyable Still, too much frosting, not enough cake.







    9. I bought this fantastic book late one afternoon after I went to meet my supervisor at GSE UQ and walked past a book cafe near the Lodge I was staying I decided to buy it since its content was interesting and the price was reasonable, that is, AUD 24.95 I thus kept reading on and on with delight, fine photos to see, etc till the end while it s raining outside one day.



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