Packing My Library : An Elegy and Ten Digressions
by Alberto Manguel
Editor: Yale University Press
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BBC RADIO 4 THE WEEKLY BOOK, A best-selling and world-renowned author and bibliophile meditates on his vast personal library and champions the vital role of all librariesIn June 2015, Alberto Manguel, ready to leave his centuries old village house in France, Loire Valley and restore himself in a one-bedroom apartment located in Manhattan, in the Upper West SidePacking his huge, 35 000 volume personal library, choosing the books to keep it, store, or hunted, He found himself in a deep reverie about the nature of the relationships between books and readers, books and collectors, order and disorder, memory and readingIn this poignant and personal re-evaluation of his life as a reader, the author illuminates the very personal way of the art of reading and affirms the essential role of public libraries.Manguel daydreams widely range, delicious reflections on the peculiarities of book lovers to deepen the historical and catastrophic analyses of booking events, including the burning of the ancient Alexandria library and contemporary looting library in the hands of ISISWith insight and passion, the author emphasizes the universal centrality of books and their unique importance to a democratic, civilized and committed society.
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