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 intersperses historical accounts with philosophy and other writings, which I liked very much.

The Library at Night – Alberto Manguel

Manguel’s sense of the library collection as a whole is consequently vital. It was even worse than anything Manguel had encountered in his exceptionally thorough research. The monstrous volume of interesting tidbits and historical facts is staggering and interesting, and staggering, and infuriating only because I wish I could remember all of them! Cash was king that night.

My mind decides what I need to feed it next and it can change within a matter of moments.

A missing book therefore was the needle in a very large haystack. Aug 14, Adam Floridia rated it it was amazing Shelves: So I was immediately forced into acts of wanton vandalism and arbitrary censorship. Books are not equal, even if they’re free, even if they’re economically valuable.

I pass into their world. Above all, it tells readers that alberti craft consist of the power to remember, actively, through the prompt of the page, selected moments of the human experience.

Humans can be defined as reading animals, come into the world to decipher it and themselves. The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Project Gutenberg puts the first ebook, the Declaration of Independence, on the internet. The book is organized by topic – library at night, library as space, library as power – I found these topics to be more accessible than a typical history book that would start at the beginning. View all 35 comments. I do have my eye on an oxblood swivel chair that coupled with perfect lighting might provide me a reading space in my library. I follow their recommendation in part.


For this reader, his Library is his umbilicus mundithe navel of his world, the landscape that feeds his imagination, if not his body. Alberto Manguel has created a life space for himself in which he can read, muse on reading and books and write about them to share his musings.

Rational prudence dictates therefore to only take unique new items. I have an ongoing aesthetic battle with the technical establishment of the Bodleian itself.

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The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Quite apart from the NYPL issue, the placement of books determines the types of random encounters that readers are likely to make. Admitting from the start that the question would most likely remain unanswered, Manguel embarks on it for its own sake. Keepers of libraries and collections are not neutral, nor are readers.

Yes a library is indeed a wonderful place to read nught night… I have objects that I have picked up here and there. His smooth head is rubbed by my hand almost every time I enter my library. Common interests and themes. And this, from Manguel, will be my credo: Niight have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Number of pages is way off. No doubt these stories exist on the page equally laberto the day but, perhaps because of albertoo acquaintance with phantom appearances and telltale dreams, they become more vividly present after the sun has set.

The online library now extends to 17, titles. Since books were selected for destruction on librxry basis of the length of time they had sat unrequested, in order to save as many books as possible, heroic librarians crept into the stacks at night and stamped the threatened volumes with false withdrawal dates. Manguel might have anchored it even more firmly around his own library and certainly there should at least be more pictures of itbut really that complaint — insofar it is one — applies to nearly everything in the book: The world is as quiet as it is capable of being.


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The ordering of books on the shelves is not a trivial matter as Manguel notes. This book is the story of that quest. Sep 05, Mahak rated it liked it. It was absolutely brilliant, and I’ll never see it again. Robinson Crusoe explains, “It may not be amiss for all people who shall meet my story to make this just observation from it, viz. Manguel believes in the central importance of the book in societies of the written word where, in recent times, the intellectual act has lost most of its prestige.

There must be freedom and there must be peace.

Reflecting his regard for the Jewish mystical treatise, The Zohar, Borges conceived the universe itself as a book. 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 albdrto whole cultures.

I write “distinct” sections because lines that separate his groupings are tenuous at best.

In the tradition of A History of ReadingThe Library at Night is the captivating, wide-ranging story of the critical role that libraries have played in our civilization. The first person blamed for the destruction of the Library is none other than Julius Caesar himself.

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. He understands your frustrat Alberto Manguel understands you.