Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions, Alberto Manguel
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Packing My Library: An Elegy and Ten Digressions

Author: Alberto Manguel

Narrator: James Cameron Stewart

Unabridged: 3 hr 55 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Tantor Audio

Published: 03/20/2018

Genre: Biography & Autobiography - Literary

Synopsis

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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