Review: The Library at Night by Alberto Manguel

October 30, 2008 at 10:27 am | Posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews | Leave a comment

This eclectic book roves through the author’s musings on libraries – their history, purpose, structure and design.  His own personal library is clearly among his life’s great joys and he waxes lyrical about it – sometimes at some length.

The book is full of intriguing tidbits and photographs and has been very popular with any friends or workmates of mine who’ve managed to steal it for a moment or two. Anyone who opens it for a moment seems to come across something interesting.

Mr Manguel is clearly a very well-read man, whose education covers many centuries and several languages.

I sometimes wondered if he had fallen victim to a temptation to include spurious quotes and references just to show that he knew them.

Reviewed by Melissa


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