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A History of Reading

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Dst of reading of this book every page is a passage to scintillating information It clears the misconception of reading being restricted to literacybooks and moves on to this nbelievable plethora of deciphering methods for gaining wisdom and knowledge From primitive methods of reading facespictures to highly cultivated medium of materials this book is not only an enlightment but also a wonderful gift to a hungry mind Reading is and has been for a long time a vital part of gift to a hungry mind Reading is and has been for a long time a vital part of life As Manguel points out it is a skill that once learned can t be Web Penetration Testing with Kali Linux - Third Edition: Explore the methods and tools of ethical hacking with Kali Linux unlearned And even dangerously it rapidly becomes automatic When you can read you just do it Your brain translates those symbols the letters into meanings in annavoidable process That is you can t stop yourself from reading if you know the language of course any you can t stop yourself from hearing Manguel is brilliant at ascribing deepfelt meanings to the act of reading and to the love of books that comes as a conseuence For him reading contains all the multitudes of life It is dangerous it is comforting it is thrilling it is boring it is fun it is instructive it is educational it is subversive One could say borrowing from Dr Jonhson that when a man is tired of books he is tired of life For there is in books all that life can afford This is perhaps Manguel s most important point It destroys the idea That People Who Love people who love and who read a lot are merely trying to find replacements for a life they can t or refuse to have A History of Reading shows precisely the opposite A love of reading is a love of life In all its multitudes I bought this fantastic book late one afternoon after I went to meet my supervisor at GSEU and walked past a book cafe near the Lodge I was staying I decided to buy it since its content was interesting and the price was reasonable that is AUD 2495 I thus kept reading on and on with delight fine photos to see etc till the end while it s raining outside one day in Australia If I recall correctly A History of Reading is a rich and wonderful book a treasury of knowledge stories and illustrations that takes s on an nforgettable journey Infinitely engaging and amusing a sweeping exploration of what it means to be a reader of books A History of Reading is a brilliant reminder of why we cherish the act of reading despite distractions from the Inuisition to the lures of cyberspaceAlberto Manguel reminds Newtons Cannon (The Age of Unreason, us that readers live in books as well as among them we find our own stories in books and traces of our lives With every book that matters tos from childhood into old age we find our lives refreshed He shows Bonsái us what happens when we read who we become and how reading teachess to live from the inside jacket of the first edition of A History of ReadingA classic justification of why people read and will always read His combination se of personal. Essayist and editor Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the six thousand year old conversation between words and that hero without whom the book would be a lifeless object the rea. I flew through this bookI found it ite accessible considering I went into it knowing very little about the history of reading and books Each chapter is divided A Little Kinder up nicely and I enjoyed the author s thoughtfulness by including a chapter about the invention of glasses and how they impacted reading and society s perceptions of readersI think this is a great book to dip in and out of because it can beite overwhelming in terms of the sheer number of authors and historical figures discussed please give me 10 stars so I can fairly rate this marvelous fantastic and exceptionally extraordinary book The problem with all books about reading is that they tend to get somewhat self regarding too self conscious As for this one I stopped reading this about halfway through about a year ago Sometimes Manguel s Joy of Reading passages got too purple for me despite the interesting facts here and there There s interesting stuff beneath the goosh however and when the book reemerged from my bedside pile I found the second half ite enjoyable Still too much frosting not enough cake 2 stars it was okay A shame as this was only okay and I thought it should have been great There was a wealth of information about the history of reading though none of it felt particul For some reason I found this work ite disappointing perhaps because the title promises than the book delivers The book comes across as an academic showing off of the author s extensive reading habits It ickly becomes a series of articles that discuss various aspects of writing printing book publishing what it means to read or to be read to book burnings book collecting etcAll of these are interesting subjects in themselves and often the sections include fascinating historical matters and yes academically speaking they can all be associated with reading in one way or another they can all be associated with reading in one way or another perhaps a better title would have been A History of Books But even that is misleading in the final section called Endpaper Pages the author begins to write about wanting to read a book called The History of Reading note the definite article difference to the indefinite article sed for this book itself which he describes but which hasn t been written yet Shades of Jorge Luis BorgesSo what is this book about Books writing publishing reading contributions to knowledge real as opposed to imagined books etc in a sense it is all OF THESE AND IN ANOTHER SENSE these and in another sense of them It strikes me as an academic conceit amusing to a certain degree academically detached in another I suspect the author must have enjoyed researching and writing this work but for the ordinary reader it seems to me to be The Parisian Prowler unnecessarily complex and obfuscatory on the subject of reading lots of smoke little heat and not much illuminationAt best this book has curiosity value and may appeal on that level Even though I am in the mi. At one magical instant in your early childhood the page of a book that string of confused alien ciphers shivered into meaning and at that moment wholeniverses opened You became irrevocably a reader Noted.
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Stories historical references and illustrations do make this book not only enjoyable but ite informative It is a must read For Anybody Who Reads Books anybody who reads books a must read for the ogre nder the bridge who foolishly thinks books no longer matter Though this is not a comprehensive history of reading being only 319 pages of text excluding notes and index it certainly feels like it is Dense with information weighty with erudition wordy with words it covers the history of reading lying down sitting p in one s bedchamber with and without eyeglasses through translation silently and aloud alone and
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groups The history of scrolls and codices is covered The development of libraries and cataloging gets ample shrift The sizes and shapes of books throughout history are examined Book theft book banning book burning all get their due Talmudic and exegetical reading are dwelt on Pretty much the only reading I felt was nderaddressed was the sylvan nudist Kabbalist Satanic Braille reading groups of the 13th century Faroe IslandersFor the first A Cidade e as Serras uarter of the book I felt annoyed It seemed like a ponderous vanity project as Manguel impressed the vast span of his knowledge on the reader I absorbed like a goose being stuffed for a p t de foie gras When I finally let go of my irritation and allowed the narrative to wash over me I began to enjoy the book And of course it enabled me to add manyestions to the Neverending iz The book is packed with illustrations woodcuts engravings and photos Two photos struck me One shows a bombed out library in 1940 London The ceiling has collapsed the floor is kneedeep in debris Yet the bookshelves lining the room still stand and three men in hats and overcoats to protect them from the October air examine the books One has his hand outstretched to pick another is reading an open book It s almost as if it is reading an open book It s almost as if it just another day at the libraryIn the second a slave woman stands in the doorway of her cabin in 1856 Aiken South Carolina Next to her a slave girl stands reading a book presumably aloud to a group of 5 or 6 children of about kindergarten age sitting in a circle on the ground Four of the children are slave and wearing what are obviously 19th century clothes the fifth with his back to s in three Historys Strongest Disciple Kenichi Vol 1 uarter profile is white He wears a timeless checkered shirt and has a short haircut that would be eually at home in 1940 or 2010 He looks so much like a little boy I know that I kept staring at the photo and its remarkable interracial story time The photo is captioned A rare photo of a slave reading Like all interesting photos it left me wanting to know Who were these children Did this slaveowner encourage reading Who was he Did they have story time every day How did the mixed story time of these children affect their ideas about race Who did they growp to be I might have to keep reading. Der Manguel brilliantly covers reading as seduction as rebellion and as obsession and goes on to trace the All Things Consoled uirky and fascinating history of the reader’s progress from clay tablet to scroll codex to CD