The enthralling memoir on the art of living with books Phantoms on the Bookshelves considers how our personal libraries reveal our true natures: far more than merely crowded shelves, they are living labyrinths of our innermost feelings. The author, a lifelong accumulator of books ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of volumes, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors from the earliest known libraries are learned, amusing, and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save lives. Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac to Moby-Dick and Google. Rich in wit and wisdom, it will be a lasting delight for all who treasure books.
This enchanting study on the art of living with books considers how our personal libraries reveal our true nature: far more than just places, they are living labyrinths of our innermost feelings.
The author, a lifelong accumulator of books both ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of books, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors past and present are learned, witty and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save the lives of those whose books are so prodigiously piled as to be a hazard.
Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac and Moby Dick to Google, offering up delicious anecdotes along the way. This elegantly produced volume will be a lasting delight to specialist collectors, librarians, bibliophiles and all those who treasure books.
Os amantes do livro e da literatura têm em mãos uma deliciosa homenagem de Jacques Bonnet a Historiettes, obra que Gédéon Tallemant des Réaux escreveu no século XVII e foi publicada somente em 1834. Escritas a partir de comentários sobre a vida de personagens ilustres da corte e as próprias vivências de Tallemant, as anedotas de Historiettes são mais que histórias picantes ou escatológicas. Aqui, esse tipo de composição – por muito tempo malvista – encontra importância máxima na criação de cenários históricos, culturais e, principalmente, no prazer da leitura. A história da recepção de Historiettes – acompanhada pela análise comparativa entre o livro seiscentista e clássicos modernos e contemporâneos – tem papel central na discussão proposta por Algumas historietas. O autor encontra ecos de Tallemant des Réaux em autores como Melville, Flaubert, Stephen King, Proust e Aluísio Azevedo. De narrativa leve e agradável, este livro atesta o talento e a erudição de Jacques Bonnet como escritor e crítico literário. Imprescindível aos apaixonados pela boa leitura.
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