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    Packing My Library

    £10.99
    Recommended by Genevieve Fay, our Communities Programme Officer:

    Over the course of his well-travelled life, Alberto Manguel amassed over 35,000 books. Then, on relocating from France to an apartment in New York City, he had to dismantle his library. This book documents his journey: sifting through the memories, ideas and emotions bound up in his remarkable collection. Personal reflections are interspersed with ‘digressions’ on topics and texts from The Divine Comedy to Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poetry, from ancient philosophy to Don Quixote.

    A short but surprisingly profound love letter to literature, Packing My Library is sure to have you looking at your own bookshelves in a new way.

    ISBN: 9780300244526
    AuthorManguel Alberto
    Pub Date11/06/2019
    BindingPaperback
    Pages160
    Availability: Available to Order

    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.

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    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.