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Into The Looking-Glass Wood: Essays on Words and the World [Paperback]

Alberto Manguel
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Sept. 7 1999
By the award-winning author of A History of Reading

"For me, words on a page give the world coherence--Words tell us what we, as a society, believe the world to be--I believe there is an ethic of reading--a commitment that is both political and private in the act of turning the pages. And I believe that sometimes, beyond the author's intentions and beyond the reader's hopes, a book can make us better and wiser."

Through personal stories and literary reflections, in a style rich in humour and gentle erudition, Manguel leads us, the readers, to reflect upon the pleasures and responsibilities of reading, and the links that exist between the world we live in, and the words we live amongst. Into the Looking-Glass Wood is a voyage into the subversive heart of words - a voyage fired by the author's humanity and extraordinary breadth of vision.

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Pondering the way tastes, prejudices, and experiences change over time the very meaning of the words we read, Alberto Manguel adapts a phrase from the ancient Greek philosopher Heraclitus about the deceptive permanence of flowing water: "You never dip into the same book twice," he says. The essays in his collection Into the Looking-Glass Wood are mostly about the pleasures and responsibilities of reading, and Manguel himself--critic, editor, and novelist--might be described as a reader's reader. A university dropout, born in Argentina and expatriated to Canada, Manguel has the erudition and insight of a scholar, but it is his almost childlike exuberance and curiosity that distinguish him from your average literary critic. In lieu of the "systematic reading" set forth in university courses and lists of recommended reading, Manguel insists that "the best guides are the reader's whim--trust in pleasure and faith in haphazardness." Looking-Glass Wood is whimsical in this sense, containing 22 essays, many previously published, on diverse subjects. Manguel celebrates erotic fiction ("I believe that, like the erotic act, the act of reading should ultimately be anonymous."); reflects upon "The Death of Che Guavara" ("Epic literature requires an iconography. Zorro and Robin Hood ... lent the live Che their features."); argues that the Old Testament prophet Jonah was an artist at heart ("Nadine Gordimer, of whom Jonah had never heard, said that there could be no worse fate for a writer than not being execrated in a corrupt society. Jonah did not wish to suffer that annihilating fate."); and angrily dismisses Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho as merely a "novel of pornographic horror." In "Borges in Love" Manguel paints a poignant portrait of the unhappy love life of his literary mentor, Jorges Luis Borges, drawing from his experience of having read books aloud to the blind storyteller as a teenager while growing up in Buenos Aires. The experience adds resonance to a claim Manguel makes in yet another essay: "Reading helps us maintain coherence in the chaos, not to eliminate it; not to enclose experience within verbal structures but to allow it to progress on its own vertiginous way; not to trust the glittering surface of words, but to burrow into the darkness." --Russell Prather --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"A superb collection-- A fantastic voyage through the world of books-- permeated by [Manguel's] playful wit and love of paradox."  - Germaine Greer

"Splendid [and] eloquently expressed--Manguel's writing at its strongest and most original."  - TLS

"In a modern world that assails all our senses simultaneously, Manguel's writing stands as a cool pool of reflection-- The big themes haunting our century are re-viewed through a literary lens--never academic--rich in anecdotes."  - The Independent

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4.0 out of 5 stars The beatiful words and worlds of Alberto Manguel June 7 2000
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Like all of Manguel's works, "Into the Looking Glass Wood" is an intelligent and fascinating journey through history, personal stories and literary reflection. In it, he explores the connections and consequences between the world and the words we use to describe it. As a self-confessed bibliophile, Manguel's intricate knowledge of books, words, symbolism, and emotion shines through and his friendly style makes the book utterly engrossing. "Into the Looking Glass Wood" is a wonderful book, an exploration into the art of writing and more broadly the art of being human. I cannot recommend it strongly enough to anyone with an interest in literature, history, language, or semiotics. Thank you, Alberto.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beatiful words and worlds of Alberto Manguel June 7 2000
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Like all of Manguel's works, "Into the Looking Glass Wood" is an intelligent and fascinating journey through history, personal stories and literary reflection. In it, he explores the connections and consequences between the world and the words we use to describe it. As a self-confessed bibliophile, Manguel's intricate knowledge of books, words, symbolism, and emotion shines through and his friendly style makes the book utterly engrossing. "Into the Looking Glass Wood" is a wonderful book, an exploration into the art of writing and more broadly the art of being human. I cannot recommend it strongly enough to anyone with an interest in literature, history, language, or semiotics. Thank you, Alberto.
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