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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He is not the keeper of a silent cemetery, but a master of bibliographical revels. Reading, as Manguel knows, is ‘a ritual of rebirth’, which mmanguel invigorates the reader and awakens old books to new life. Indeed, one of his themes is this possibility for the unexpected that libraries can hold — and it’s why, for example, he concerns himself at some length with things such as just how to order the books in a library and what the consequences of any particular system might be.

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If you wish to see more of my most recent book manguep movie reviews, visit http: Inspired by the process of designing, constructing and organizing a library at his home in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and reading, set out to show how libraries embody the memories of individuals and whole cultures. If most libraries of his time resembled an entomologist’s display case of pinned and labelled specimens, Warburg’s revealed itself to the visitor as a child’s glass-fronted ant farm.


None that I have come across, at least. I was in Aswan on holiday in awaiting a flight to Cairo. Blackfriars is both a research and undergraduate library llibrary there llibrary a tendency is to keep as much as possible. I have an ongoing aesthetic battle with the technical establishment of the Bodleian itself.

InDiderot’s enlightened Encyclopaedia, described by Manguel as ‘an archival and interactive library’, was accused of blasphemy because in its tabulation of all human knowledge it pointedly found ta room for religion. It’s not always a happy journey: Aug 09, Lyn Elliott rated it it was amazing Shelves: S wift imagined books battling.

The Library at Night – Alberto Manguel

The library in your head will suddenly seem attainable. It has become pure fallacy for me to decide ahead of time what I will read next. Aug 14, Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The Library at Night – US.

Great book although not a lot of new things if you’ve read any history of libraries. No shelf is empty for long. View all 6 comments. View all 9 comments.

There is no better book to extol the joys of reading than The Library at Night. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription.

Dust motes are suspended in the air and the pool of light over my head is a flame of focused energy creating a cocoon of darkness around me that waits…waits in that space until I decide to allow the real world to exist again.

Still, thf a general but also very personal library-tour-book it is certainly worthwhile, and offers sufficient rewards for anyone who is bookishly inclined.

There must be freedom and there must be peace.

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The library evolves kibrary my brain continues to seek out new avenues for exploration. The starting point is a question. I follow their recommendation in part. I worked at the time for a well-known firm of management consultants in New York City. Within his global, multilingual book collection, he can effortlessly travel in both time and space.


The Library at Night

I learn fascinating tidbits along the way, and can almost feel as if I’m a literary student again and he, my teacher. The first manyuel blamed for the destruction of the Library is none other than Julius Caesar himself. Making a choice about which to keep, which to sell, and which to give away is in some way soul-destroying to anyone with a fondness for books. That’s in large part due to the fact that it was about so much more than libraries: No doubt these stories exist on the page equally during the day but, perhaps because of nighttime’s acquaintance with phantom appearances and telltale dreams, they become more vividly present after the sun has set.

Lihrary can, he has built a large room specifically to house his collection, and where he likes to read at night, in a carefully contrived pool of light, surrounded by shadows and books. Mar 30, karen rated it it mnguel amazing Shelves: I do ah my eye on an oxblood swivel chair that coupled with perfect lighting might provide me a reading space in my library.

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