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The traveler, the tower, and the worm : the reader as metaphor, Alberto Manguel

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The traveler, the tower, and the worm : the reader as metaphor
Title
The traveler, the tower, and the worm
Title remainder
the reader as metaphor
Statement of responsibility
Alberto Manguel
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"As far as one can tell, human beings are the only species for which the world seems made up of stories, Alberto Manguel writes. We read the book of the world in many guises: we may be travelers, advancing through its pages like pilgrims heading toward enlightenment. We may be recluses, withdrawing through our reading into our own ivory towers. Or we may devour our books like burrowing worms, not to benefit from the wisdom they contain but merely to stuff ourselves with countless words. With consummate grace and extraordinary breadth, the best-selling author of A History of Reading and The Library at Night considers the chain of metaphors that have described readers and their relationships to the text-that-is-the-world over a span of four millennia. In figures as familiar and diverse as the book-addled Don Quixote and the pilgrim Dante who carries us through the depths of hell up to the brilliance of heaven, as well as Prince Hamlet paralyzed by his learning, and Emma Bovary who mistakes what she has read for the life she might one day lead, Manguel charts the ways in which literary characters and their interpretations reflect both shifting attitudes toward readers and reading, and certain recurrent notions on the role of the intellectual: 'We are reading creatures. We ingest words, we are made of words...It is through words that we identify our reality and by means of words that we ourselves are identified'"--From book jacket
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Manguel, Alberto
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
GN452.5
LC item number
.M36 2013
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Material texts
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Literature and anthropology
  • Literature and society
  • Signs and symbols
  • Books and reading
Label
The traveler, the tower, and the worm : the reader as metaphor, Alberto Manguel
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [121]-135) and index
Contents
Introduction -- The reader as traveler : reading as recognition of the world -- The reader in the ivory tower : reading as alienation from the world -- The bookworm : the reader as inventor of the world -- Conclusion : reading to live
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
141 p.
Isbn
9780812245233
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013005806
Other control number
40022545288
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4208394-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4208394
  • (Sirsi) o821218337
  • (OCoLC)821218337
Label
The traveler, the tower, and the worm : the reader as metaphor, Alberto Manguel
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. [121]-135) and index
Contents
Introduction -- The reader as traveler : reading as recognition of the world -- The reader in the ivory tower : reading as alienation from the world -- The bookworm : the reader as inventor of the world -- Conclusion : reading to live
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
141 p.
Isbn
9780812245233
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2013005806
Other control number
40022545288
Other physical details
ill.
System control number
  • 4208394-01okla_normanlaw
  • (SIRSI)4208394
  • (Sirsi) o821218337
  • (OCoLC)821218337

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