The Library at Night [Alberto Manguel] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth- century. Inspired by the process of creating a library for his fifteenth-century home near the Loire, in France, Alberto Manguel, the acclaimed writer on books and readi. If many bibliophiles will share Alberto Manguel’s assertion that the acquisition and ordering of his library has “kept me sane”, they will also.

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But if you’re like us, we have books in unmatched shelves i Alberto Manguel has created a life space for himself in which he can read, muse on reading and books and write about them to share his musings.

If you are worried about being crushed to death by library, read this.

You will be inspired to embrace the reasons that you read. The original great library of Alexandria was meant as both a storage place to access printed material and as a meeting place for scholars. Since I shelve my books associatively, I’m less than engrossed by his worry about whether to place Garcia Lorca under G or L; it’s not surprising to learn that when Manguel was living in Toronto, he crammed extra bookshelves into the bedrooms, corridors and even the bathroom, so that his children complained that ‘they required a library card to enter their own home’.

Subjects upon subjects, each of these subjects will require a classification within its classification. I was able to rescue those books, but if I hadn’t been given permission to leave them on the shelves, I would have checked them out on my account.

We acknowledge and remind and warn you that they may, in fact, be entirely unrepresentative of the actual reviews by any other measure. He openly admits his own habits and foibles around books. Enquanto organiza a sua biblioteca, de mais de quarenta mil livros que inveja! The remembered order will follow the patterns of my mind, the shape and division of the Library ordered just so by me — and the Library will in turn reflect the configuration of my mind.

Often a mix of all.

The Library at Night

Nevertheless, out of all the libraries portrayed in this marvellous book, it is the ancient library and latterly the modern library of Alexandria that fascinated me. Indeed, one of his themes is this possibility for the unexpected that libraries can hold — and it’s why, for example, he concerns himself at some length with things such as just how to order the books in a library and what the consequences of any particular system might be.


Odd because the concept of a warehouse filled with printed volumes available for general consultation is a rather late development in European civilisation, and odd because it is a concept that seems to have run its course as that civilisation becomes more technological. Oct 21, Riku Sayuj rated it really liked it Shelves: The Library at Night – Niight. In this book, Manuel takes the reader on a tour of that which they already know.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. This would be a perfect book for Samuel Johnson, who mangel with nanguel method or discipline, sometimes leaving books uncut and following the text only where the pages fell open” The Library as Mind His library reflects the configuration of his mind. If my library chronicles my life story, my study holds my identity. The title of each of the fifteen chapters promises to reveal: They will wait for me till the end of my days.

Manguel makes the case for a cooperative balance between the preservation of books by libraries and the electronic storage and transmittal of information, and uses many wonderful images throughout to illustrate his stories. I woke up wondering where I was, which almost manguell happens, groggy and disoriented. This book is like that. Examples of chapter titles: That is, for all intents and purposes books were stored in an entirely random order. Greatly outnumbered and in enemy territory, Caesar ordered the ships in the harbor to be set on fire.

It was difficult albetro gauge my place in reality. The other is a piece of root from a dead bush that has a florescent yellow wood grain that looks like something from another planet. The catalogue boxes were sealed and crated in situ. Manguel’s sense of the library collection as a whole is consequently vital.

Manguel explores ideas about reading, spaces, record keeping, knowledge, memory, identity and imagination; about the thinking that underlies choice of what is included or excluded, and how the collection is managed. May 81: Originating at the time of the Ptolemaic kings who set up a learning centre there at the end of the third century BC and eventually finally burning down.


The splendidly cosmopolitan Library of this reader will, in turn, also ensure that the whole world is present right there. Next up I’m going to tackle his Dark Arrows.

People began talking excitedly and librarj transpired that they were heading to Alexandra for discussions on the new library. As Manguel ruefully observes, the ‘multimedia library’ of the web inverts and potentially erases the universal library of which Renaissance humanists dreamed.

The Library at Night – Alberto Manguel

The starting point is a question. The greatest thing about any online site or program that allows a reader to create virtual shelves for books is that it allows the reader to create virtual shelves for books.

I’m supposing that my taste and sense of balance has been accepted. The funniest parts, njght me at least, are when you get to see the actors just cracking up. Manguel can, he has built a large room specifically to house his collection, and where he likes to read at night, in a carefully contrived pool of light, surrounded by shadows and books.

This is why I’ll keep returning to him and will impress manguep others to do the same. It is ugly, it is costly and it is mwnguel symbol to me of bureaucratic domination. Anybody who is a reader would never ask that question. Whatever else it is, a library is about the relationships among books and between an entire assemblage of books and some specific group of readers.

I do have my eye on an oxblood swivel chair that coupled with perfect lighting might provide me a reading space in my library. I once dreamt an entire novel. View all 8 comments. The ordering of books on the shelves is not a trivial matter as Manguel notes.

The book is organized by topic – library at night, library as space, library as power – I found these topics to be more accessible than a typical history book that would start at the beginning.