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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The world is as quiet as it is capable of being. My reading must not be confined by schedules. The monstrous volume of interesting tidbits and historical facts is staggering and interesting, and staggering, and infuriating only because I wish I could remember all of them!

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

You might even evolve as a reader. Re-opening it is a resurrection of ideas – an intellectual miracle. But thanks for the thought.

Muitas vezes me sentei com amigos e descrevemos livros que nunca foram escritos. There must be freedom allberto there must be peace. But the possibility of continuing it is always there. I have never read a book that elicited such empathy.

Ghe library was closed for 2 months. Quite apart from the NYPL issue, the placement of books determines the types of random encounters that readers are likely to make. Aug 04, Jenny Reading Envy rated it it was amazing Shelves: He therefore likens his own library to the coffin of native earth that Dracula carries with him from Transylvania to London. The funniest parts, for me at least, are when you get to see the actors just cracking up.


And here the distinction between the book enthroned and the book read comes again into play. So much has been named, so much will continue to be named, that in spite of our foolishness we will not give up this small miracle that allows the ghost of an understanding.

For anyone who loves books and reading this book will probably be delightful. Reading, as Manguel knows, is ‘a ritual of rebirth’, which both invigorates the reader and awakens old books to new life. One of my favourites not mentioned here is the idea that you might order your book by authors who might like to sit next to each other at dinner to talk.

If you have two books, this is not the book for you.

Anecdote-filled, smoothly making any number of connexions, Manguel’s library-focussed tour leads to any variety of unexpected places. 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. I think if library school students are still taking History of the Book classes, they could use this as a textbook and throw away the actual textbook.

Caesar wrote of starting yhe fire in the harbour but neglected to mention the burning of the Library.

Nevertheless, I have made huge mistakes in the past in this regard as some books have not turned out as I imagined they would. Rational prudence dictates therefore to only take unique new items.

He made manyuel separate staircases, each different, as if to give the reader a choice of which world he wishes to enter. Alberto Manguel understands you. All choices mean exclusions — paralleling censorship.


The Library at Night – Alberto Manguel

Highly recommended majguel bibliophiles everywhere, especially if they read it at night. If you wish to see more of my most recent book and movie reviews, visit http: Reading this book, you are witness to Mangual’s passion for books, and I find it hard not to affected by that.

But you also know the joy of being surrounded by your books. This reader is sure that his Library will have as many imaginary books as real ones.

Since books were selected for destruction on the basis of the length of time they had sat unrequested, in order to save as many books as possible, heroic librarians crept into the stacks at night and stamped the threatened volumes with false withdrawal dates.

But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but this space of books remains in existence. La biblioteca di notte – Italia. Even in the most fantastically educated and cultured cities, the number of those for whom reading books is of the essence has always been very small. The Realm of Possibility David Levithan.

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