A history of reading /

At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.

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Main Author: Manguel, Alberto.
Format: Printed Book
Language:English
Published: New York : Viking, 1996.
Edition:1st American ed.
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Summary:At one magical instant in your early childhood, the page of a book - that string of confused, alien ciphers - shivered into meaning. Words spoke to you, gave up their secrets; at that moment, whole universes opened. You became, irrevocably, a reader.
Noted essayist Alberto Manguel moves from this essential moment to explore the 6000-year-old conversation between words and that magician without whom the book would be a lifeless object: the reader. Manguel lingers over reading as seduction, as rebellion, as obsession, and goes on to trace the never-before-told story of the reader's progress from clay tablet to scroll, codex to CD-ROM.
Physical Description:372 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Bibliography:Includes bibliographical references (p. 323-353) and index.
ISBN:0670843024(acidfreepaper)