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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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Alphabetising their stock or relying on fractionalised decimals like Dewey, librarians are obsessive classifiers who impose on chaos an order they know to be fictional and false. Finally, another aspect of this that urges me to add it to my favorites is that I feel I can pick it up, open a page at random, and be blown away by Manguel’s love of libraries and all that they represent. Next up I’m going to tackle his Dark Arrows.

The Library at Night

He knows that you look at your shelves at night, remembering a favorite passage, or how you acquired a book, as your gaze moves across titles on spines in the moonlight. With him, I have to research on the net as well but that’s something I don’t mind putting an effort into because this man doesn’t ramble pompously about.

It was a wonderful sight to see the red carpet like that. Aug 14, Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Often a mix of all. I know people who shelve books according to their height within a category, because they think it looks nicer. Want to Read saving…. As Manguel ruefully observes, the ‘multimedia library’ of the web inverts and potentially erases the universal library of which Renaissance humanists dreamed.

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But if you’re like us, we have books in unmatched shelves in almost every room of the house and it’s a bit harder to think of that as a library. Recently, Life new job, new baby mainly has been inhibiting my regular-reading and, dare I say, my ability to become absorbed in a good book, all of which has caused my book-a-week pace to fall to a pathetic book-or-two-a-month pace.


You will be inspired to embrace the reasons that you read. But thanks for the thought. A book, having been forgotten, can be rediscovered.

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Blackfriars is both a research and undergraduate library so there is a tendency is to keep as much as possible. In fact, it was because they knew no English and could not albegto erroneously interpolate that their accuracy was so high.

The Bodleian, like the Library of Congress and other large institutions, essentially sells its cataloguing information to lesser libraries and so has a commercial interest in the technical llibrary of catalogue entries.

High-tech aesthetics are clearly not my cup of tea. And here the distinction between the book enthroned and the book read comes again into play. I have never read a book that elicited such empathy.

These classifications have become sharper over the albergo but no one has challenged me yet. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Alberto Janguel born in Buenos Aires is an Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Apr 06, Greg rated it it was amazing Shelves: Manguel can seem a little anal and anoraky. So we should have to erase every recorded thought, except in the sentence where it is expressed with the greatest intensity. His knowledge is impressive and powerful and his understanding of literature infused with history even more so. Libraries the reservoirs of collective memory should be our essential symbol, not banks. One wall of my library. View all 9 comments. Google establishes the Google Print Initiative, a digitisation of the world’s top copyright libraries.

In a library described in one of his satires, the volumes do not remain on the shelves but hurl themselves across the room in an exchange of insults and fisticuffs, enacting their disagreements by tearing one another’s pages out. Two of my favorites are a smooth cylindrical stone that I found on the beach of California that fits my hand perfectly. Its fondness for leathery bindings and its fussy annoyance about the ‘evil white scabs’ of price-stickers slimily glued to book jackets soon give way to a crusading defence nighy the library as a mental sanctuary, a repository of memory, the only kind of home that has any emotional value for Manguel the deracinated cosmopolitan.

An engraving copied from a no longer extant Roman bas-relief, depicting the methods for storing scrolls.


Unfortunately, it also burned down part of the city – the area where the great Library stood. I cannot go into detail about all the excellent stories, books and individuals contained herein but this is certainly one of those books to be reread and many times too. He made three separate staircases, each different, as if to give the reader a choice of which world he wishes to enter.

Number of pages is way off. The very bookish Manguel anchors The Library at Night in his own experience — and his own library, which he built in France around the remnants of a fifteenth-century barn and began to fill with his tens of thousands of books in the summer of Manguel is old, wise and sad enough to know that the future belongs to the users of the Kindle reading device and to oafish librarians who discard books as landfill after transferring their contents to disks or CD-Roms that may be illegible in a decade.

Oct 21, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is the story of that quest. Similarly the illustrative quotes chosen here are merely those the complete review subjectively believes represent the tenor and judgment of the review as a whole. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. The building—in the shape of a massive disc inclined toward the Mediterranean—evokes the image of the Egyptian sun illuminating the world.

Carlyle once characterised the old reading room at the British Museum as a psychiatric ward where ‘people in a state of imbecility’ twitched and muttered as they thumbed unreadable tomes. That’s in large part due to the fact that it was about so much more than libraries: He intersperses historical accounts with philosophy and other writings, which I liked very much.

I simply can’t imagine how much I might have enjoyed it were I in the height of one of my own torrid affairs with literature. View all 3 comments.

Reading this book, you are witness to Mangual’s passion for books, and I find it hard not to affected by that.