By Alberto Manguel
Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel used to be struck by way of how the radical he used to be analyzing (Goethe's Elective Affinities) looked as if it would replicate the social chaos of the area within which he used to be dwelling. a piece of writing within the day-by-day paper could without warning be illuminated by means of a passage within the novel; an extended mirrored image will be triggered by means of a unmarried note. He determined to maintain a list of those moments, rereading a publication every month, and forming A examining Diary: a quantity of notes, reflections, impressions of commute, of acquaintances, of occasions private and non-private, all elicited by way of 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 existence, 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