By Alberto Manguel
Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel used to be struck via how the radical he was once interpreting (Goethe's Elective Affinities) appeared to mirror the social chaos of the realm during which he was once dwelling. an editorial within the day-by-day paper could all of sudden be illuminated through a passage within the novel; an extended mirrored image will be triggered by means of a unmarried be aware. He determined to maintain a checklist of those moments, rereading a publication every month, and forming A examining Diary: a quantity of notes, reflections, impressions of go back and forth, of associates, of occasions private and non-private, all elicited via his analyzing. From Don Quixote (August) to The Island of Dr. Moreau (February) to Kim (April), Manguel leads us on a charming event in literature and lifestyles, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is totally inextricable from the opposite.
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A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year of Books by Alberto Manguel