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A history of reading

Author: Alberto Manguel
Publisher: New York : Viking, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alberto Manguel
ISBN: 0670843024 9780670843022
OCLC Number: 34633305
Description: 372 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: The Last Page --
Reading Shadows --
The Silent Readers --
The Book of Memory --
Learning to Read --
The Missing First Page --
Picture Reading --
Being Read To --
The Shape of the Book --
Private Reading --
Metaphors of Reading --
Beginnings --
Ordainers of the Universe --
Reading the Future --
The Symbolic Reader --
Reading within Walls --
Stealing Books --
The Author as Reader --
The Translator as Reader --
Forbidden Reading --
The Book Fool --
Endpaper Pages.
Responsibility: by Alberto Manguel.

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At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader. Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel lingers over.

reading as seduction, as rebellion, as obsession, and goes on to trace the never-before-told story of the reader's progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.

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