EBOOK [A History of Reading] author Alberto Manguel

Though this is not a comprehensive history of reading being only #319 pages of text excluding notes and index it certainly feels #pages of text excluding notes and index it certainly feels it is Dense with information weighty with erudition wordy with words it covers the HISTORY OF READING LYING DOWN SITTING of reading lying down sitting in one s bedchamber with and without eyeglasses through translation silently and aloud alone and in roups The history of tablets scrolls and codices is covered The development of libraries and cataloging ets ample shrift The sizes and shapes of books throughout history are examined Book theft book banning book burning all et their due Talmudic and exegetical reading are dwelt on Pretty much the only reading I felt was underaddressed was the sylvan nudist Kabbalist Satanic Braille reading roups of the 13th century Faroe IslandersFor the first uarter of the book I felt annoyed It seemed like a ponderous vanity project as Manguel impressed the vast span of his knowledge on the reader I absorbed like a oose being stuffed for a p t de foie Prisoner of Midnight gras When I finally leto of my irritation and allowed the narrative to wash over me I began to enjoy the book And of course it enabled me to add many uestions to the Neverending uiz The book is packed with illustrations woodcuts engravings and photos Two photos struck me One shows a bombed out library in 1940 London The ceiling has collapsed the floor is kneedeep in debris Yet the bookshelves lining the room still stand and three men in hats and overcoats to protect them from the October air examine the books One has his hand outstretched to pick another is reading an open book It s almost as if it s just another day at the libraryIn the second a slave woman stands in the doorway of her cabin in 1856 Aiken South Carolina Next to her a slave BOSH!: The Cookbook: Simple Recipes. Amazing Food. All Plants. girl stands reading a book presumably aloud to aroup of 5 or 6 children of about kindergarten age sitting in a circle on the round Four of the children are slave and wearing what are obviously 19th century clothes the fifth with his back to us in three uarter profile is white He wears a timeless checkered shirt and has a short "haircut that would be eually at home in 1940 or 2010 He "that would be eually at home in 1940 or 2010 He so much like a little boy I know that I kept staring at the photo and its remarkable interracial story time The photo is captioned A rare photo of a slave reading Like all interesting photos it left me wanting to know Who were these children Did this slaveowner encourage reading Who was he Did they have story time every day How did the mixed story time of these children affect their ide. At one magical instant in your early childhood the page of a book that string of confused alien ciphers shivered into meaning and at that moment whole universes opened You became irrevocably a reader Noted.

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A History of Reading

Alberto Manguel ë 9 REVIEW

Reading of this book every page is a passage to scintillating information It clears the misconception of reading being restricted to literacybooks and moves on to this unbelievable plethora of deciphering methods for aining wisdom and knowledge From primitive methods of reading facespictures to highly cultivated medium of materials this book is not only an enlightment but also a wonderful ift to a hungry mind For some reason I found this work uite disappointing perhaps because the title promises than the book delivers The book comes across as an than the book delivers The book comes across as an showing off of the author s extensive reading habits It uickly becomes a series of articles that discuss various aspe 2 stars it was okay A shame as this was only okay and I thought it should have been reat 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 et through I preferred the paragraphs about #Famous Authors And Uotes From Their Work Which Led To #authors and uotes from their work which led to keeping notes of other books I d like to read Whereas I was not particularly interested in Manguel s own history of reading which I thought this was at times Overall though I found it reatly researched I didn t find it very well written I m not sure if this was a lack of expression through the translation or just that I didn t like the writing style but ultimately I was relieved to reach the end The problem with all books about reading is that they tend to Gökyüzü Mavi Kaldı 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 passagesot too purple for me despite the interesting facts here and there There s interesting stuff beneath the Corps Values: Everything You Need to Know I Learned In the Marines goosh however and when the book reemerged from my bedside pile I found the second half uite enjoyable Still too much frosting not enough cake pleaseive me 10 stars so I can fairly rate this marvelous fantastic and exceptionally extraordinary book I flew through this bookI found it uite accessible considering I went into it knowing very little about the history of reading and books Each chapter is divided up nicely and I enjoyed the author s thoughtfulness by including a chapter about the invention of The Sun Shines Over the Sanggan River glasses and how they impacted reading and society s perceptions of readersI think this is areat book to dip in and out of because it can be uite overwhelming in terms of the sheer number of authors and historical figures discusse. Der Manguel brilliantly covers reading as seduction as rebellion and as obsession and oes on to trace the uirky and fascinating history of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll codex to CD ,
As about race Who did they row up to be I might have to keep reading 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 of what it means to be a reader of books A History of Reading is a brilliant of why we cherish the act of reading despite distractions from the #Inuisition to the lures of cyberspaceAlberto Manguel reminds us that readers live in books as well as among them we find #to the lures of cyberspaceAlberto Manguel reminds us that readers live in books as well as among them we find own stories in books and traces of our lives With every book that matters to us from childhood into old age we find our lives refreshed He shows us what happens when we read who we become and how reading teaches us to live from the inside jacket of the first edition of A History of ReadingA classic justification of why people read and will always read His combination use of personal stor I bought this fantastic book late one afternoon after I went to meet my supervisor at GSEU 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 2495 I thus kept reading on and on with delight fine photos to see etc till the end while it s raining outside one day in Australia If I recall correctly Reading is and has been for a long time a vital part of my life As Manguel points out it is a skill that once learned can t be unlearned And even dangerously it rapidly becomes automatic When you can read you just do it Your brain translates those symbols the letters into meanings in an unavoidable process That is you can t stop yourself from "Reading If You Know "if you know language of course any you can t stop yourself from hearing Manguel is brilliant at ascribing deepfelt meanings to the act of reading and to the love of books that comes as a conseuence For him reading contains all the multitudes of life It is dangerous it is comforting it is thrilling it is boring it is fun it is instructive it is educational it is subversive One could say borrowing from Dr Jonhson that when a man is tired of books he is tired of life For there is in books all that life can afford This is perhaps Manguel s most important point It destroys the idea that people who love books and who read a lot are merely trying to find replacements for a life they can t or refuse to have A History of Reading shows precisely the opposite A love of reading is a love of life In all its multitudes Even though I am in the midst of. Essayist and editor Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the six thousand year old conversation between words and that hero without whom the book would be a lifeless object the rea.