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A Reading Diary: A Passionate Reader's Reflections on a Year by Alberto Manguel

By Alberto Manguel

Whereas touring in Calgary, Alberto Manguel was once struck by way of how the unconventional he was once examining (Goethe's Elective Affinities) appeared to mirror the social chaos of the area within which he used to be residing. an editorial within the day-by-day paper might unexpectedly be illuminated by means of a passage within the novel; an extended mirrored image will be triggered via a unmarried observe. He determined to maintain a list of those moments, rereading a booklet every month, and forming A studying Diary: a quantity of notes, reflections, impressions of go back and forth, of associates, of occasions private and non-private, all elicited by means of his studying. From Don Quixote (August) to The Island of Dr. Moreau (February) to Kim (April), Manguel leads us on a charming event in literature and lifestyles, and demonstrates how, for the passionate reader, one is totally inextricable from the opposite.

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Mum shouted: “Oh here’s an idea, why don’t YOU clean the fridge sometime? And, anyway, don’t I have any right to be myself? ” She stormed out then in a huff and a tizz and a strop. ” And she slammed the door. How childish. m. I’m not horrible. She’s horrible. m. What time is it now? Oh dear God. m. I can’t sleep. I may even have to do my French homework to take my mind off Masimo and Lindsay. What were they talking about for twenty minutes? m. Here we go. Chapter 14 in my French textbook. Jools and Jim and their fantastic excursion to the Bois de Boulogne.

But even Rosie tucking her skirt into her knickers and walking into class as if she looked perfectly normal couldn’t cheer me up. And I am sure that Wet Lindsay was deliberately shaking her ludicrous extensions about like a ninny to show me that she had spoken to Masimo. With a bit of luck she will catch them in a locker and her head will come off. m. In bed under the covers. With the lights out. Mum bustled in. ” What does she think I am doing in bed at night with the light off? She immediately got the hump, obviously.

Oh I wish I could phone up the Hornmeister now. I miss him. Only in a matey way. He hasn’t said anything nice to me lately. m. He used to say that despite being certifiably insane I was a lovely, funny person. And that is nice. Just what a proper boy mate would say. m. But if he is just a boy mate, how come we got to No. 6? m. But my ad hoc and red bottomosity days are over. I will never feel Dave the Laugh’s nip libbling technique again. Which is a shame. Shut up, shut up, voice of the Horn. m.

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