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Packing My Library : An Elegy and Ten Digressions - by Alberto Manguel (Hardcover)

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BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEK

A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all libraries.

In June 2015 Alberto Manguel prepared to leave his centuries-old village home in France’s Loire Valley and reestablish himself in a one-bedroom apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. Packing up his enormous, 35,000-volume personal library, choosing which books to keep, store, or cast out, Manguel found himself in deep reverie on the nature of relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and reading. In this poignant and personal reevaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the highly personal art of reading and affirms the vital role of public libraries.
 
Manguel’s musings range widely, from delightful reflections on the idiosyncrasies of book lovers to deeper analyses of historic and catastrophic book events, including the burning of ancient Alexandria’s library and contemporary library lootings at the hands of ISIS. With insight and passion, the author underscores the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized, and engaged society.
Number of Pages: 146
Genre: Language + Art + Disciplines, Literary Criticism, Biography + Autobiography
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Yale Univ Pr
Author: Alberto Manguel
Language: English
Street Date: March 20, 2018
TCIN: 53339711
UPC: 9780300219333
Item Number (DPCI): 248-63-6731
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