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4.0 out of 5 stars How our lives affect our interpretation of what we read..., 14 Sep 2006
This review is from: A Reading Diary: A Year Of Favourite Books (Paperback)
...and vice versa.

In this book Manguel recounts his experiences of a year (2002/03) considered through reflections on books he re-reads - a different book for each month. Each book becomes relevant and newly resonant when connected with contemporary happenings. It is not hard to find links between Don Quixote and the 2003 invasion of Iraq, but Manguel is never anything but subtle. Though his thoughts are often wistful and occasionally melancholy, this is a warm and tender book, full of astute observations and amusing anecdotes.

Manguel is intimidatingly well-read and it was, admittedly more enjoyable to read the chapters/months where he read books that were familiar to me, but I have been inspired to read those books that were new to me, so lovingly are they described.

I read Stevenson Under the Palm Trees by Manguel a couple of years ago and was impressed by his tight grip on the prose in that sultry and claustrophobic novella. A Reading Diary is, by contrast fresh and light but, though the temptation to ramble must have been there, the author has maintained an ability to sound succinct yet relaxed in this thoroughly enjoyable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quietly enjoyable, 15 Aug 2005
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Another book of quiet reflections from Manguel, doing what he does best, combining the personal with the critical review, to produce a finely crafted work.
Nothing to shock, and not as entertaining as his The History of Reading, but much to enjoy and savour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars good, 23 Nov 2013
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This review is from: A Reading Diary: A Year Of Favourite Books (Paperback)
as I knit at the same time as I read this book is very good and different, pleased that I got it
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A Reading Diary: A Year Of Favourite Books by Alberto Manguel (Paperback - 31 Aug 2006)
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