Reader on Reading

ISBN-10: 0300172087
ISBN-13: 9780300172089
Edition: 2011
Authors: Alberto Manguel
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $20.00
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 6/28/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 6.22" wide x 9.13" long x 0.88" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

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 ofA 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.

Preface
Who Am I?
A Reader in the Looking-Glass Wood
Room for the Shadow
On Being Jewish
Meanwhile, in Another Part of the Forest
The Further off from England
Homage to Proteus
The Lesson Of The Master
Borges in Love
Borges and the Longed-For Jew
Faking It
Memoranda
The Death of Che Guevara
The Blind Bookkeeper
The Perseverance of Truth
AIDS and the Poet
Wordplay
The Full Stop
In Praise of Words
A Brief History of the Page
The Voice That Says "I"
Final Answers
What Song the Sirens Sang
The Ideal Reader
NotesTowards a Definition of the Ideal Reader
How Pinocchio Learned to Read
Candide in Sanssouci
The Gates of Paradise
Time and the Doleful Knight
Saint Augustine's Computer
Books As Business
Reading White for Black
The Secret Sharer
Honoring Enoch Soames
Jonah and the Whale
The Legend of the Dodos
Crime And Punishment
In Memoriam
God's Spies
Once Again, Troy
Art and Blasphemy
At the Mad Hatter's Table
The Numinous Library
Notes Towards a Definition of the Ideal Library
The Library of the Wandering Jew
The Library as Home
The End of Reading
Sources
Index

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