The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm

Alberto Manguel examines metaphors of readers and reading from literatures across centuries and the globe, from the ancient epic Gilgamesh to the World Wide Web, from the adventures of Ulysses to the tragedy of Emma Bovary, and he considers how these metaphors reflect the cultures that invent them.

The Traveler, the Tower, and the Worm
The Reader as Metaphor

Alberto Manguel

2013 | 144 pages | Cloth $28.95
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. The Reader as Traveler: Reading as Recognition of the World
Chapter 2. The Reader in the Ivory Tower: Reading as Alienation from the World
Chapter 3. The Bookworm: The Reader as Inventor of the World
Conclusion: Reading to Live