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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Alberto Manguel born in Buenos Aires is an Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor. Feb 13, Lynne King rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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.

He sympathizes with your attempts to figure out new ways to organize your books, a task that becomes more urgent and, at the same time, more impossible as time passes and your collection grows outside the spatial boundaries of your shelves, or perhaps even of your home.

It is imperative that I state you should dismiss my ratings when it comes to 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.

The Web — a space that belongs to all and precludes a sense of the past. Libraries are storeyed tombs and Manguel is happy to be housed in the funereal stacks.

The Library at Night – Alberto Manguel

Odd because the concept of a warehouse filled with printed volumes available for general consultation is a rather late development in European civilisation, and thf because it is a concept that seems to have run its course as that civilisation becomes more technological.

View all 4 comments. Manguel’s sense of the library collection as a whole is consequently vital. He accepts your practice of looking at books at friends’ and acquaintances’ houses, scanning titles and analyzing organizational schemas to glean some clues about their owners’ likes, dislikes, even their identity.


Quite apart from the NYPL issue, the placement of books determines the types of random encounters that readers are likely to make. He understands your frustration when you realize that you libdary forgotten books that you already nighht read, or that you remember specific passages or illustrations, but can’t remember the book they come from. Highly recommended for bibliophiles everywhere, especially if they read it at night.

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. On the other hand, our members have access to the enormous Bodleian collection as well as to other collegiate libraries. I have a resin monk whose face is hidden by ,anguel cowl.

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This is the best book to finish the year with. 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. Few today can doubt that the main features of our universe are its dearth of meaning and lack of discernible purpose.

Hte in the most fantastically educated and cultured cities, the number of those for whom reading books is of the essence has always been very small. A contemporary cartoon depicts a book-burning in Nazi Germany. Please update your billing details here. Johannes Gutenberg, a German goldsmith, invents the printing press.

The Library at Night

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 af everything in the book: View all comments. And our love for it, and our lust to see more of it, and our pride in its accomplishments as we wander through shelves full of books that promise more and more delights, are among our happiest, most moving proofs of possessing, in spite of all the miseries and sorrows of this life, wt more intimate, consolatory, perhaps redeeming faith in a method behind the madness than any jealous deity could wish upon us.


That is why I This is a book I’m tempted to add to my “Favorites” list, an honor even more prestigious than my “5-star-books” list. So The Library at Night is a pleasant journey across times and places, Manguel exploring the history of book-collections and repositories and the people behind them, and the books in them. Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more.

He understands your frustrat Alberto Manguel understands you. Above all, it tells readers that their craft consist of the power to remember, actively, through the prompt of the page, selected moments of the human experience. That’s the most inclusive ideal I’ve yet to encounter.

The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

Trying to meet all your book preview and review needs. But Alberto Mangruel now he The library in which I have at long last collected niggt books began life as a barn sometime in the fifteen century, perched on a small hill south of the Loire. View all 35 comments. One wall of my library.

May 04, Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing Shelves: He studies each theme from many perspectives – his personal experience, historical accounts and literary evidence, illustrations, quotes and many wonderful anecdotes. You might even evolve as a reader. But if you’re like us, we have books in unmatched shelves i 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.

Reading, as Manguel knows, is ‘a ritual of rebirth’, which both invigorates the reader and awakens old books to new life. Subjects upon subjects, each of these subjects will require a classification within its classification.