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Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question andldquo;Why?andrdquo; has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In Alberto Manguelandrsquo;s most personal book to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the reading that has mapped his way.

Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask andldquo;Why?andrdquo; Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.

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An eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from the internationally celebrated Alberto Manguel

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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a bookthat string of confused, alien ciphersshivered 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 6000-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.

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About the Author

Alberto Manguel is a writer, translator, and editor of international reputation; his many books include The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (with Gianni Guadalupi), the award-winning novel News From a Foreign Country Came, and the short story anthologies Black Water, The Gates of Paradise, and (with Craig Stephenson) In Another Part of the Forest. Born in Buenos Aires, Manguel has traveled extensively and is now a Canadian citizen.

Table of Contents

The Last Page

The Last Page

Acts of Reading

Reading Shadows

The Silent Readers

The Book of Memory

Learning to Read

The Missing First Page

Picture Reading

Being Read To

The Shape of the Book

Private Reading

Metaphors of Reading

Powers of the Reader

Beginnings

Ordainers of the Universe

Reading the Future

The Symbolic Reader

Reading within Walls

Stealing Books

The Author as Reader

The Translator as Reader

Forbidden Reading

The Book Fool

Endpaper Pages

Endpaper Pages

Notes

Index

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lukas, April 22, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"The History of Reading is eclectic."
I imagine if you're reading this, you like to read. Good job! Argentine writer Alberto Manguel's book is a history in the loosest sense; more free-wheeling, personal, and impressionistic essay than linear history, which isn't a bad thing, but it does lack focus. Still, it's full of great anecdotes and quotations, spans the globe and the centuries, and is handsomely illustrated. Also, Manguel knew Borges! Also check out "The Gutenberg Elegies."
"The association of books with their readers is unlike any other between objects and their users."
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143126713
Author:
Manguel, Alberto
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Subject:
General History
Subject:
World History-General
Subject:
Books & Reading
Subject:
World History-Western Civilization
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 b/w illus.
Pages:
392
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in
Age Level:
from 18

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An eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from the internationally celebrated Alberto Manguel
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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a bookthat string of confused, alien ciphersshivered 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 6000-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.
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At one magical instant in your early childhood, theand#160;page of a bookand#151;that string of confused, alien ciphersand#151;shivered into meaning, and at that moment,and#160;whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, aand#160;reader. Noted essayist and editor Alberto Mangueland#160;moves from this essential moment to explore theand#160;six-thousand-year-old conversation between wordsand#160;and that hero without whom the book would be aand#160;lifeless object: the reader. Manguel brilliantly coversand#160;reading as seduction, as rebellion, and as obsessionand#160;and goes on to trace the quirky and fascinatingand#160;history of the readerand#8217;s progress from clay tablet toand#160;scroll, codex to CD-ROM.
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