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The Library Book de Susan Orlean
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The Library Book (edició 2018)

de Susan Orlean (Autor)

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Susan Orlean re-opens the unsolved mystery of the most catastrophic library fire in American history, and delivers a dazzling love letter to the beloved institution of libraries.
Membre:jennk
Títol:The Library Book
Autors:Susan Orlean (Autor)
Informació:Simon & Schuster (2018), Edition: First Edition, 336 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca, Owned
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Etiquetes:Nonfiction, Library Science

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Great book for library-lovers! I wish there had been even more focus on the "ode to libraries" aspect and the history of LA Central Library, and less on the true crime stuff with Harry Peak. ( )
  misslevel | Sep 22, 2021 |
I've loved books and libraries, ever since I was a kid. So I figured I would love this book, and I was not disappointed. The author bases her story around the devastating 1986 fire at the Central Library in Los Angeles but branches out into many other related areas. Having worked as a library aide for four years, I can relate to many of the crazy things that go on in libraries. I found it fascinating. ( )
1 vota flourgirl49 | Sep 8, 2021 |
I found the book phantastic and am very glad that I got it via Bookcrossing. It is almost unbelievable how much there is to write about a library, funny things and interessting things. Being a library child myself and an enthusiastic reader since the day my neighbour family took me to the library in our small town I really appreciate this book. ( )
  Wassilissa | Aug 28, 2021 |
I love her narrative voice. A story about the LA Library and its fire in the '80s as a wrapper to contain a discussion of the whole concept of libraries. Some personal history, California white people history, women in the workplace, the idea/implementation of public libraries in the US, the history of library burnings, there's a lot here and it's deftly presented. ( )
  Je9 | Aug 10, 2021 |
Interesting, enjoyable, somehow not absorbing. The trigger for the book is the 1986 fire that largely destroyed the Los Angeles central library, but it ranges back and forward over the founding of the library in LA and how it developed under the various directors appointed, and the story of the man accused of starting the fire, which ends rather inconclusively. It's a fascinating paean to the glories of the library and libraries in general, but the back and forth timeline kept me somewhat distracted. Every time I'd settle in to the book it would go off in a new direction. Good but not great, for me. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jul 18, 2021 |
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On 29 April 1986 Los Angeles Central Library went up in flames. ... Susan Orlean has a knack for finding compelling stories in unlikely places. ... Orlean uses the fire to ask a broader question about just what public libraries are for and what happens when they are lost. You might not perhaps have LA pegged as the most bookish city, yet right from its inception in 1873, the central library attracted a higher proportion of citizens through its doors than anywhere else in the US. By 1921 more than a thousand books were being checked out every hour. The reason for that, Orlean suggests, is that LA has always been a city of seekers – first came the gold prospectors and the fruit growers, then the actors and the agents, and then all the refugees from the dust bowl prairies. No one was as solid or as solvent as they liked to appear, everyone was looking for clues about how to do life better.

This was where the library came in, providing the instruction manual for a million clever hacks and wheezes. In the runup to prohibition in 1920 every book on how to make homemade hooch was checked out and never returned. Five years later a man called Harry Pidgeon became only the second person to sail solo around the world, having got the design for his boat from books borrowed from the LA public library. More mundanely, the library quickly became the chief centre for free English language classes in the city, a service that it continues to provide for its huge immigrant population today.

It is this sense of a library as a civic junction that most interests Orlean. ... Or, as she puts it: "Every problem that society has, the library has, too; nothing good is kept out of the library, and nothing bad."
afegit per Cynfelyn | editaThe Guardian, Kathryn Hughs (Feb 16, 2019)
 
“The Library Book” is, in the end, a Whitmanesque yawp, bringing to life a place and an institution that represents the very best of America: capacious, chaotic, tolerant and even hopeful, with faith in mobility of every kind, even, or perhaps especially, in the face of adversity.
afegit per tim.taylor | editaThe Wall Street Journal, Jane Kamensky (Web de pagament) (Oct 11, 2018)
 

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Nom de l'autorCàrrecTipus d'autorObra?Estat
Orlean, Susanautor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
André, EmeliTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Loman, CarlyDissenyadorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Peters-Collaer, LaurenDissenyador de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Schneiter, SylvieTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Trejo, JuanTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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Memory believes before knowing remembers.
---William Faulkner, Light in August
And when they ask us what we're doing, you can say, We're remembering.
---Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
I have always imagined Paradise as a kind of library.
---Jorge Luis Borges, Dreamtigers
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Even in Los Angeles, where there is no shortage of remarkable hairdos, Harry Peak attracted attention.
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A book feels like a thing alive in this moment, and also alive on a continuum, from the moment the thoughts about it first percolated in the writer's mind to the moment it sprang off the printing press---a lifeline that continues as someone sits with it and marvels over it, and it continues on, time after time after time.
The idea of being forgotten is terrifying. I fear not just that I, personally will be forgotten, but that we are all doomed to being forgotten---that the sum of life is ultimately nothing; that we experience joy and disappointment and aches and delights and loss, make our little mark on the world, and then we vanish, and the mark is erased, and it is as if we never existed.
Taking books away from a culture is to take away its shared memory. It's like taking away the ability to remember your dreams. Destroying a culture's books is sentencing it to something worse than death. It is sentencing it to seem as if it never lived.
Pigeons the color of concrete marched in a bossy staccato around the suitcases.
There was a sense of stage business—that churn of activity you can't hear or see but you feel at a theater in the instant before the curtain rises—of people finding their places and things being set right, before the burst of action begins.
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