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5.0 out of 5 stars A marvelous book, 29 Feb. 2012
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I think this is a really great book which I have given a number of people as presents and they have all rated it highly.
Easy to read and a fascinating account of how we read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars eclectic mix, but some fascinating stuff, 27 Jan. 2012
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This was an interesting and reflective look at the history of reading and books, touching inevitably on the history of education and indeed of human thought generally. Densely erudite in some places, but delightfully light touch in many others. Some interesting nuggets such as:

Reading, even to oneself for pleasure, was very largely carried out aloud until early Medieval times; only in about the fourth century AD did silent reading become more accepted.

Reading and writing were initially seen as destroyers of human memory and therefore bad thing
Well worth dipping into, and some interesting and unusual illustrations as well. 4/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars True joy of reading, 5 Jun. 2011
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Mangel is a true dilettante and a man who truly knows where to be, when it comes to reading. He is a jew, risen in Argentina, but has traveled all over the world. As a teenager he read to Borges, who was already blind, so he could enjoy not only the reading, but the comments, too! He speaks several languajes and has lived in France, Canada, Israel...
The book makes a comprehensive history of the act of reading, is not a chronological history of how writing was invented, but more about the meaning of writing and reading to the person and to civilisation. He has built an essay on culture, on how culture is built on the shoulders of reading and writing. He coves from Sumer to Paris, from Buenos Aires to Pennsylvania. His knowledge is ample and superb. He goes from St Agustine to Walt Whitman, from Virgil to Kafka, and back again.
In the end, one is happy, truly elated to be able to read, to share this experience with so many people.
The book is also superbly illustrated, and one wonders how the author has managed to get hold (and to set in place) so much wisdom.
A true intelectual and esthetic joy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful overview, 12 Jan. 2000
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Insightful and readable account of man's relationship with the written word. This is a timely account showing how the transmission of thoughts and ideas through the written word has changed through the evolution of culture, learning, and the physical form of the written word. At a time when the informational age pushes us towards a new relationships with the written word, it is worth taking stock of how we got to this point in our cultural history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful book about books, 4 Jan. 2014
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A wonderful book about books. I owned this book ina Spanish translation, but I absolitely needed the original English version
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5.0 out of 5 stars A History of Reading., 20 July 2013
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Arrived in wonderful time but cannot yet review as still unread. It looks as if it will be a fascinating read and the chapter headings give a good idea of the interesting contents which I look forward to reading in due course.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Berkshire it's Just not the same without it., 5 Jun. 2013
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Alberto Manguel was a life long resident of this lovely Berkshire Town, he resided in the Hispanic Quarter which was too the south of Reading where he ran a seafood vending business specialising in Whelks, he was also a keen photographer and many of his pictures are featured in this his Seventh book on Reading, there is also a photo of Slough showing the contrast between the Two Towns, this book is an historical reminder of life in Reading before the Town was flattened to make way for the Swindon-Slough toll road.
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A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel (Paperback - 21 April 1997)
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