The Eros of Reading

Another of the books from my 15 in 15 list is Alberto Manguel’s Library at Night.



I think often of the oak-panelled library Manguel built to house his 30,000 books. It is close to my vision of an ideal library. Manguel waited six decades to complete his project.

His erudite and heart-warming book Library at Night is about libraries, book collections, and Manguel’s deep love and engagement with stories. As George Steiner wrote, “The area which Alberto Manguel has mapped for himself is that of the eros of reading. He celebrates the diversities of desire—tempestuous, hidden, intermittent, lapsed—which relate us to a literary text.”

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