The City of Words

The City of Words

Audiobook CD - 2007
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In the 2007 Massey Lectures, writer Alberto Manguel takes a fresh look at some of the problems we face, and suggests we should look at what stories have to teach us about society. “How do stories help us perceive ourselves and others?” he asks. “How can stories lend a whole society an identity...?” From Gilgamesh to the Bible, from Don Quixote to The Fast Runner, Alberto Manguel explores how books and stories hold the secret keys to what binds us together.
Publisher: [Toronto] : CBC Audio, 2007.
ISBN: 9780660197296
Characteristics: 5 sound discs (300 min.) : analog ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Alternative Title: Ideas (Radio program)


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May 09, 2018

I loved listening to this, in fact I listened to it twice. Is very dense with original ideas. Manguel speaks just like the poet and wordsmith he is. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Mar 02, 2018

Don't bother with this lecture. Usually the lectures are fantastic, but, Mangal just misses the mark on these. Any insights are overshadowed by the boredom of the end results.
It wasted an hour of my reading time.

Sep 12, 2015

Very interesting; thought-filled reflections and arguments about language and literature in modern civilization. Requires close listening.
I found his elocution quite irritating, so I would rather have read the lectures instead.

Aug 04, 2012

Very, very academic, like a university lecture. There are actually some interesting details in this, but I wasn't in the mood for the erudite formulation. (This may have been my fault, not the author's.)

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