Packing My Library: An Elegy & Ten Digressions

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Item#: 9780300219333
Author Manguel, Alberto
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BBC RADIO 4 BOOK OF THE WEEKA best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal li
ary and champions the vital role of all li
aries.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 li
ary, 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 li
aries.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 li
ary and contemporary li
ary 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.

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A best-selling author and world-renowned bibliophile meditates on his vast personal li
ary and champions the vital role of all li
aries