Into the Looking-glass Wood: Essays on Books, Reading, and the World

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Harcourt, 1998 - Literary Collections - 272 pages
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Alberto Manguel has enchanted hundreds of thousands of readers with his bestselling books, including The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Now he has assembled a personal collection of his own essays that will enchant anyone interested in reading, writing, or the world. Through personal stories and literary reflections, in a style rich in humor and gentle scholarship, Manguel leads his readers to reflect on the links that bind the physical world to our language that describes it. The span of his attention in these twenty-three essays is enthralling: from "Who Am I?," in which he recounts the first adventures of childhood reading, to "Borges in Love," a memoir of the great blind writer's passions; from his first encounters with the evils of prejudice to a meditation on the death of Che Guevara; from a tour of his library to evocations of such of his favorite writers as Cortazar and Chesterton. A voyage deep into the subversive heart of words, Into the Looking-Glass Wood is fired by the author's humanity, insatiable curiosity, and steadfast belief in the essential power, mystery, and delight of the written word.

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User Review  - bell7 - LibraryThing

I was first introduced to Alberto Manguel's essays through The Library at Night, an homage to libraries private and public, and a rumination on reading including philosophy, history and literary ... Read full review

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User Review  - veevoxvoom - LibraryThing

A collection of Manguel’s essays on books, reading, and the world. I’m a big fan of Manguel. He is the consummate bibliophile and makes his living writing about books, book spaces, and book history ... Read full review



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Alberto Manguel is the bestselling author of dozens of books including A History of Reading, for which he was recently awarded France's prestigious Prix Medicis. An editor, translator, and essayist, he began his career with the first edition of The Dictionary of Imaginary Places in 1980, with co-author Gianni Guadalupi, a translator, editor, and passionate book collector.

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