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Book Title: Reading Pictures: A History of Love and Hate|
The author of the book: Alberto Manguel
Edition: Random House
Date of issue: September 25th 2001
ISBN 13: 9780375503023
Format files: PDF
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I just really get along with Manguel's approach to writing and thinking about beautiful creations. I feel highly simpatico with the way he connects diverse concepts, seeking out that secret and invisible thread that binds them. I enjoyed The Library at Night so much that I purchased myself a copy when I came across an affordable one. I found this book on the Book Swap cart outside of our graduate library and once I picked it up and started paging through, seeing these beautiful colour images scattered throughout, there was no question that I'd be taking it home. Once I read the epigraphs, there was no question that I was keeping it.
Manguel is very fluent in the Western canon, which white male writers and artists obviously dominate. It's a reference-rich language that I understand. I know the personas and I know the shorthand, but I also know who is left out by it. It's why I was so glad to see Manguel highlight so many female artists from the present and the past, and I was also excited to see how often Canadian artists and galleries were mentioned. Manguel is a man with many national affiliations, Canada among them, but it's nice to see us accounted for in a book with a broad scope like this one.
The essays are thought-provoking, the subjects of analysis always interesting, and the writing style quite accessible. I've got to read his A History of Reading next, not to mention The Dictionary of Imaginary Places: The Newly Updated and Expanded Classic. I'm just enchanted.
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Read information about the authorAlberto Manguel (born 1948 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of numerous non-fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (co-written with Gianni Guadalupi in 1980) and A History of Reading (1996) The Library at Night (2007) and Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography (2008), and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came (1991).
Manguel believes in the central importance of the book in societies of the written word where, in recent times, the intellectual act has lost most of its prestige. Libraries (the reservoirs of collective memory) should be our essential symbol, not banks. Humans can be defined as reading animals, come into the world to decipher it and themselves.
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