A History of Reading



❰BOOKS❯ ✪ A History of Reading Author Alberto Manguel – E17streets4all.co.uk 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 univers At one magical instant in your early childhood the page of a book—that string of confused alien ciphers—shivered into meaning A History Kindle - 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.A History of Reading

Alberto Manguel born in Buenos Aires is an Argentine born writer translator and editor He is the author of A History Kindle - numerous non fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places co written with Gianni Guadalupi in and A History of Reading The Library at Night and Homer's Iliad and Odyssey A Biography and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came .

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  • Paperback
  • 372 pages
  • A History of Reading
  • Alberto Manguel
  • English
  • 07 February 2016
  • 9780140166545

10 thoughts on “A History of Reading

  1. says:

    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 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 goose being stuffed for a pâté 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 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 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 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 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

  2. says:

    For some reason I found this work uite disappointing — perhaps because the title promises than the book delivers? The book comes across as an academic 'showing off' of the author's extensive reading habits It uickly becomes a series of articles that discuss various aspects of writing printing book publishing what it means to 'read' or to 'be read to' book burnings book collecting etcAll of these are interesting subjects in themselves and often the sections include fascinating historical matters — and yes academically speaking they can all be associated with 'reading' in one way or another But perhaps a better title would have been A History of Books' But even that is misleading in the final section called 'Endpaper Pages' the author begins to write about wanting to read a book called 'The History of Reading' note the definite article difference to the indefinite article used for this book itself which he describes but which hasn't been written yet Shades of Jorge Luis Borges?So what is this book about? Books writing publishing 'reading' contributions to knowledge real as opposed to imagined books etc — in a sense it is all of these and in another sense none of them It strikes me as an academic conceit amusing to a certain degree academically detached in another I suspect the author must have enjoyed researching and writing this work but for the ordinary reader it seems to me to be unnecessarily complex and obfuscatory on the subject of 'reading' lots of smoke little heat and not much illuminationAt best this book has curiosity value and may appeal on that level

  3. says:

    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 reminder 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 our 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 stories historical references and illustrations do make this book not only enjoyable but uite informative It is a must read for anybody who reads books And a must read for the ogre under the bridge who foolishly thinks books no longer matter

  4. says:

    2 stars it was okay A shame as this was only okay and I thought it should have been great 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 get through I preferred the paragraphs about famous authors and uotes from their work which led to me 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 greatly 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

  5. says:

    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

  6. says:

    The problem with all books about reading is that they tend to 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 passages got too purple for me despite the interesting facts here and there There's interesting stuff beneath the 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

  7. says:

    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 the 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

  8. says:

    please give me 10 stars so I can fairly rate this marvelous fantastic and exceptionally extraordinary book ❤

  9. says:

    Even though I am in the midst of 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 gaining 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 gift to a hungry mind

  10. says:

    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 glasses and how they impacted reading and society's perceptions of readersI think this is a great book to dip in and out of because it can be uite overwhelming in terms of the sheer number of authors and historical figures discussed

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