The Library at Night [Alberto Manguel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth- century. Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and readi. If many bibliophiles will share Alberto Manguel’s assertion that the acquisition and ordering of his library has “kept me sane”, they will also.

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This dream had really enveloped my mind.

Nevertheless, out of all the libraries portrayed in this marvellous book, it is the ancient library and latterly the modern library tbe Alexandria that fascinated me.

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Manguel can seem a little anal and anoraky. Gives examples of great library buildings, including that of Michelangelo nkght San Lorenzo in Florence for the Medici collection.

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The Library at Night Author s: It grants them a glimpse, however secret or distant, into the minds libraru other human beings, and allows them a certain knowledge of their own condition through the stories stored here for their perusal.

Rational prudence dictates therefore to only take unique new items. Warmed by the pools of light that spill from his lamps, he does not even need to read: Manguel’s sense of the library collection as a whole is consequently vital.

It gives us such famous collections as the doomed Library of Alexandria and the personal library of Samuel Pepys, who built high-heels for his smaller volumes so that manyuel would appear the same size on the shelf; and tells of libraries that have preserved freedom of thought in the face of tyranny – as did the small, crucial children’s library at Auschwitz.


I have a watercolor of New Orleans that I bought from the artist himself. I once dreamt an entire novel. The first chapter is about his own library.

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There is no better book to extol the joys of reading than The Library at Night. Apr 06, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: But thanks for the thought. I had this tattered woven rug of many colors I would lay on until the heat from the sun trapped in the tin escaped. Feb 13, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: But Alberto Mangruel now he The library in which I have at long last collected my books began life as a barn sometime in the fifteen century, perched on a small hill south of the Loire.

The library as survival Each and every book holds the history of its survival. In the wake of Jorge Luis Borges, perhaps, Alberto Manguel celebrates the power of the library over the creative imagination. He understands your frustration when you realize that you have forgotten books that you already have read, or that you remember specific passages or illustrations, but can’t remember the book they come from.

This book is the story of that quest.

View all 5 comments. Books jump out of their jackets when Manguel opens them and dance in delight as they make contact with his ingenious, voluminous brain.


The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Outside theology and fantastic literature, few can doubt that the main features of our universe are its dearth of meaning and lack of discernible purpose. But you also know the joy of being surrounded by your books. The ‘language’ in which the catalogue is expressed is a cross oibrary computer-code and a group-constructed corporate memo – highly structured but entirely irrational. I have a water nymph bought in San Francisco that I hope will protect my library from being flooded again.

So The Library at Night is a pleasant journey across times and places, Manguel exploring the history of book-collections and repositories and the people behind them, and the books in them. Die Bibliothek bei Nacht – Deutschland.

The Library at Night

Greatly outnumbered and in enemy territory, Caesar ordered the ships in the harbor to be set on fire. What about books by the same author? The Library as Mind His library reflects the configuration of his mind.

I got out of bed and looked for a notebook so that I could take notes, but as Tye did so, the memory of the dream collapsed in on itself like a I once dreamt an entire novel. Samuel Pepys in the seventeenth century build little high heels for his smaller volumes so the tops all followed a neat logical line.