A Reader on Reading
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A Reader on Reading

by Alberto Manguel
     
 

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ISBN-10: 030015982X

ISBN-13: 9780300159820

Pub. Date: 03/02/2010

Publisher: Yale University Press

In this major collection of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has called “the Casanova of reading,” argues that the activity of reading, in its broadest sense, defines our species. “We come into the world intent on finding narrative in everything,” writes Manguel, “landscape, the skies, the faces of others, the images

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In this major collection of his essays, Alberto Manguel, whom George Steiner has called “the Casanova of reading,” argues that the activity of reading, in its broadest sense, defines our species. “We come into the world intent on finding narrative in everything,” writes Manguel, “landscape, the skies, the faces of others, the images and words that our species create.” Reading our own lives and those of others, reading the societies we live in and those that lie beyond our borders, reading the worlds that lie between the covers of a book are the essence of A Reader on Reading.

The thirty-nine essays in this volume explore the crafts of reading and writing, the identity granted to us by literature, the far-reaching shadow of Jorge Luis Borges, to whom Manguel read as a young man, and the links between politics and books and between books and our bodies. The powers of censorship and intellectual curiosity, the art of translation, and those “numinous memory palaces we call libraries” also figure in this remarkable collection. For Manguel and his readers, words, in spite of everything, lend coherence to the world and offer us “a few safe places, as real as paper and as bracing as ink,” to grant us room and board in our passage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300159820
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
03/02/2010
Pages:
308
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface....................     ix     

I. WHO AM I?....................          

A Reader in the Looking-Glass Wood....................     3     

Room for the Shadow....................     11     

On Being Jewish....................     22     

Meanwhile, in Another Part of the Forest....................     26     

The Further off from England....................     37     

Homage to Proteus....................     42     

II. THE LESSON OF THE MASTER....................          

Borges in Love....................     47     

Borges and the Longed-For Jew....................     62     

Faking It....................     66     

III. MEMORANDA....................          

The Death of Che Guevara....................     79     

The Blind Bookkeeper....................     86     

The Perseverance of Truth....................     95     

AIDS and the Poet....................     104     

IV. WORDPLAY....................          

The Full Stop....................     115     

In Praise of Words....................     117     

A Brief History of the Page....................     120     

The Voice That Says "I"....................     128     

Final Answers....................     137     

What Song the Sirens Sang....................     141     

V. THE IDEAL READER....................          

Notes Towards a Definition of the Ideal Reader....................     151     

How Pinocchio Learned to Read....................     155     

Candide in Sanssouci....................     164     

The Gates of Paradise....................     172     

Time and the Doleful Knight....................     182     

Saint Augustine's Computer....................     187     

VI. BOOKS AS BUSINESS....................          

Reading White for Black....................     201     

The Secret Sharer....................     207     

Honoring Enoch Soames....................     214     

Jonah and the Whale....................     218     

The Legend of the Dodos....................     227     

VII. CRIME AND PUNISHMENT....................          

In Memoriam....................     231     

God's Spies....................     237     

Once Again, Troy....................     248     

Art and Blasphemy....................     251     

At the Mad Hatter's Table....................     254     

VIII. THE NUMINOUS LIBRARY....................          

Notes Towards a Definition of the Ideal Library....................     267     

The Library of the Wandering Jew....................     270     

The Library as Home....................     278     

The End of Reading....................     282     

Sources....................     293     

Index....................     297     


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