,.. 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 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 0 0 384 0 0 0 0 117000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 The Codex Seraphinianus 0Rocket Circumambulation from The Codxe Seraphinianus Biblia Pauperum 0Page of Biblia Pauperum Boustrophedon 0 1588 0Lesemaschine by Ramelli Marillier 0Clement Pierre Marillier Engraving 0 Bloem Hofje 1674 11x9mmBloem Hofje Qin Shi Huang 16 0 0 180 13 0 324 Das Narrenschiff Ship of Fools Sebastian Bran 1494 0The Book Fool, who collects books, yet gathers no wisdom from them From Sebastian Brant s Ship of Fools Das Narrenschiff , 1497 0Paolo und Francesca by Anselm Feuerbach 1864 M nchen Schack Galerie 0 016 2007 2012 . 384 , 1904 , 16 20 30 50 , 33 53 ,. , . 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 sizes and shapes of books throughout history are examined Book theft, book banning, book burning all get 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 groups of the 13th century Faroe Islanders.For the first quarter 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 goose being stuffed for a p t de foie gras When I finally let go 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 questions to the Neverending Quiz.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 library.In the second, a slave woman stands in the doorway of her cabin in 1856 Aiken, South Carolina Next to her a slave girl stands reading a book, presumably aloud, to a group of 5 or 6 children of about kindergarten age sitting in a circle on the ground Four of the children are slave and wearing what are obviously 19th century clothes the fifth, with his back to us in three quarter profile, is white He wears a timeless checkered shirt and has a short haircut that would be equally at home in 1940 or 2010 He looks 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 ideas about race Who did they grow up to be I might have to keep reading. 30
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.
- 372 pages
- A History of Reading
- Alberto Manguel
- 07 November 2018 Alberto Manguel