Ook comes across as an academic showing off of the author s extensive reading habits It uickly becomes a series of articles that iscuss 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 The Life of Kitty Storm definite articleifference to the indefinite article used for this book itself which he Aliens Bride Book describes but which hasn t been written yet Shades of Jorge Luis BorgesSo 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 certainegree academically etached in another I suspect the author must have enjoyed researching And Writing This Work But writing this work but 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 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 own 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 Connecting in College 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 theirue Talmudic and exegetical reading are welt on Pretty much the only reading I felt was underaddressed was the sylvan nudist Kabbalist Sa. Der Manguel brilliantly covers reading as seduction as rebellion and as obsession and goes on to trace the uirky and fascinating history of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll codex to CD ,
I flew through this bookI found it uite accessible considering I went into it knowing very little about the
HISTORY OF READING AND BOOKS EACHof reading and books Each is ivided 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 BWWM (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2 (Interracial African American Billionaire Baby Romance Marriage Urban) 2: Billionaires Secret Baby (BWWM Interracial African American Romance Urban Baby Romance Short Stories) dip in and out of because it can be uite overwhelming in terms of the sheer number of authors and historical figuresiscussed 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 eciphering 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 please give me 10 stars so I can fairly rate this marvelous fantastic and exceptionally extraordinary book 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 be unlearned And angerously it rapidly becomes automatic When you can read you just The Arcav Princes Captive (Arcav Alien Invasion, 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 ascribingeepfelt 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 angerous it is comforting it is The problem with
all books about reading is that they tend to get somewhat self regarding too self conscious As forbooks about reading is that they tend to get somewhat self regarding too self conscious As for one I stopped reading this about halfway through about a year ago Sometimes Manguel s Joy of Reading passages got too purple for me espite 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 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. Bought this fantastic book late
#one afternoon after I went to meet my supervisor at GSEU and walked past a #afternoon after I went to meet my supervisor at GSEU and walked past a cafe near the Lodge I was staying I ecided to buy it since 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 ry 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 uotes from their work which led to me keeping notes of other I Agricultural Innovation in the Early Islamic World 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 Iidn t find it very well written I m not sure if this was a lack of expression through the translation or just that I idn t like the writing style but ultimately I was relieved to reach the end 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 ofInfinitely engaging and amusing a sweeping exploration of what it means to be a reader of A History of Reading is a brilliant reminder of why we cherish the act of reading espite istractions 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 o 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 For some reason I found this work uite New Writing, New Approaches (African Literature Today, Vol. 12) disappointing perhaps because the title promises than the bookelivers The 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.