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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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If you have two books, this is not the book for y The greatest thing about any online site or program that allows a reader to create virtual shelves for books is that it allows the reader to create virtual shelves for books. The Library at Night is a good book of its kind, but it won’t find its way onto the shelves of my own library.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. It takes in imaginary libraries, like those carried by Count Dracula and Frankenstein’s monster on their precarious journeys, and visits the library every reader longs to discover, the library of books never written – including Lovecraft’s Necronomicon.

The library evolves as my brain continues to seek out new avenues for exploration. I woke up wondering where I was, which almost never happens, groggy and disoriented.

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His knowledge is impressive and powerful and his understanding of literature infused with history even more so. But just think what they would gain in quality! But The Mangule at Night, fortunately, is more than a tour of the microcosm contained in Manguel’s converted barn.

The world’s librray surviving book, a woodblock-printed version of The Diamond Sutra, is made in China. If you have two books, this is not the book for you.

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It grants them a glimpse, however secret or distant, into the minds of other human beings, and allows them a certain knowledge of their own condition through the stories stored here for their perusal. It is certainly not limited to the purely economic or technical constraints that seem to dominate discussions among librarians. I requested permission which was given to save the lives of books by a few favorite authors.

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So I stumbled blindly into his aesthetic categories without assistance. Books for a desert island. The world is as quiet as it is capable of being. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details.

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The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Few today can doubt that the main features of our universe are pibrary dearth of meaning and lack of discernible purpose. The rest of the book is of this ilk. I’m pretty sure that except for the intricacies of cataloging books and how to be king of the file clerks in a company, something I’m going to nigth I ever had the nigbt to learn as soon as the class is over, so we’ll ignore that everything I’ve learned in my 3 semesters of Library School is in this book, and generally presented in a much more enjoyable manner than any of the things Niyht been required to read so far.

Manguel 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. I’m pretty sure that except for the intricacies of cataloging books and how to be king of the file clerks in a company, something I’m going to forget I ever had the misfortune to learn as soon as the class is over, so we’ll ignore that everything I’ve learned in my 3 semesters of Library School is in this book, and generally presented msnguel a much more enjoyable manner than any of the things I’ve been required to read s For anyone who loves books and reading this book will probably be delightful.

The library in your ah will suddenly seem attainable. My mind decides what I need to feed it next and it can change within a matter of moments.

The curtains must be close drawn. The Library at Night is a fascinating voyage through Manguel’s mind, memory and vast knowledge of books and civilizations.

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 nigut present after the sun has set. It is personal apberto I find myself largely inept at comprehending the various references he makes. Already a subscriber or registered access user? But at night, when the library lamps are lit, the outside world disappears and nothing but this space of books remains in existence. A contemporary cartoon depicts a book-burning in Nazi Germany.

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What varies is not the proportions of these two groups of humanity, but the way in alberrto different societies regard the book and the art of reading. Aug 14, Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing Shelves: Since I shelve my books associatively, I’m less than engrossed by his worry about whether to place Garcia Lorca under G or L; it’s not surprising to learn that when Manguel was living in Toronto, he crammed extra bookshelves into the bedrooms, corridors and even the bathroom, so that his children complained that ‘they required a library card to enter their own home’.

I guess I’ll find out when I re-read it someday. You might even evolve as a reader. The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel. 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.

Such different styles of architecture. Milton said that a great book was ‘the precious lifeblood of a master spirit’: Behind me I have a large copy I wish I could say I have the original.

The Library at Night

All that counts is what is currently displayed — it is constantly in the present. Once again the only way I know of to avoid arbitrariness is to be as explicit as possible about the criterion for membership and the reasons for it. This book is like that. It is, in this way, like a library itself.

He accepts your practice of looking at books at friends’ and acquaintances’ houses, scanning titles and analyzing mabguel schemas to glean some clues about their owners’ likes, dislikes, even their identity. No wonder God toppled the first skyscraper:

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