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Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question "Why?" has appeared under a multiplicity of guises and in vastly different contexts throughout the chapters of human history. Why does evil exist? What is beauty? How does language inform us? What defines our identity? What is our responsibility to the world? In this book, Alberto Manguel's most personal work to date, the author tracks his own life of curiosity through the books that have mapped his way. Manguel chooses as his guides a selection of writers who sparked his imagination in new directions. He dedicates each chapter to a single thinker, scientist, artist, or other figure who demonstrated in a fresh way how to ask "Why?" Leading us through a full gallery of inquisitives, among them Thomas Aquinas, David Hume, Lewis Carroll, Rachel Carson, Socrates, and, most importantly, Dante, Manguel affirms how deeply connected our curiosity is to the readings that most astonish us, and how essential to the soaring of our own imaginations.
Publisher: New Haven :, Yale University Press,, [2015]
Description: 377 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780300184785
Branch Call Number: 818 Man


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Jul 23, 2016

Loved the CBC Radio interview with the author. I couldn't get into the book. I really enjoyed when he would speak about his own experience and relate it to his subject. However, the rest reminded me of trying to slog through philosophy books in college. Maybe my brain is not used to struggling with the meaning of each sentence or paragraph. I certainly don't usually read having to analyze at that level (for me). I gave up 1/3 of the way through.

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