By Alberto Manguel
Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel was once struck by way of how the radical he was once interpreting (Goethe's Elective Affinities) looked as if it would replicate the social chaos of the realm during which he was once dwelling. an editorial within the day-by-day paper may without notice be illuminated by way of a passage within the novel; an extended mirrored image will be triggered by way of a unmarried observe. He made up our minds to maintain a checklist of those moments, rereading a e-book 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 interpreting. From Don Quixote (August) to The Island of Dr. Moreau (February) to Kim (April), Manguel leads us on a captivating event in literature and lifestyles, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is completely inextricable from the opposite.
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