The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

Libraries are filled with magic From the Bodleian, the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of middle earth, Umberto Eco s mediaeval library labyrinth and libraries dreamed up by John Donne, Jorge Luis Borges and Carlos Ruiz Zaf n, Stuart Kells explores the bookish places, real and fictitious, that continue to capture our imaginations.The Library A CataloguLibraries are filled with magic From the Bodleian, the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of middle earth, Umberto Eco s mediaeval library labyrinth and libraries dreamed up by John Donne, Jorge Luis Borges and Carlos Ruiz Zaf n, Stuart Kells explores the bookish places, real and fictitious, that continue to capture our imaginations.The Library A Catalogue of Wonders is a fascinating and engaging exploration of libraries as places of beauty and wonder It s a celebration of books as objects and an account of the deeply personal nature of these hallowed spaces by one of Australia s leading bibliophiles.
The Library A Catalogue of Wonders Libraries are filled with magic From the Bodleian the Folger and the Smithsonian to the fabled libraries of middle earth Umberto Eco s mediaeval library labyrinth and libraries dreamed up by John Do

  • Title: The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders
  • Author: Stuart Kells
  • ISBN: 9781925355994
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders”

    1. I’m sure I have never come across a non-fiction book covering such an extensive amount of research on the history of libraries. Amazing! Oh, I do love my books but I can’t say I’m addicted or obsessed in buying or collecting books as some of these collectors were centuries ago. The mind boggles at the extent some collectors went to to acquire books but they also gave me a good laugh.This book will appeal to anyone who is an obsessive collector and hoarder of books and anyone wanting knowle [...]

    2. ‘I had been half expecting some sort of slide show, featuring gorgeous libraries of the world, but it’s not that kind of book. It’s more about the human drama of libraries, with gossip alongside anecdotes about the history of libraries.’ANZ Lit Lovers‘On a vivid tour of the world’s great libraries, both real and imagined, Kells is a magnificent guide to the abundant treasures he sets out.’Mathilda Imlah, Australian Book Review, 2017 Publisher Picks‘If you think you know what a li [...]

    3. I went to a talk by this author at my local library and enjoyed this so bought signed copies of this book for a friend, my boss and myself. For that reason I was hoping this book would be good. I did enjoy most of it but with some reservations. Some of it was a little highbrow for my taste and read like lists of authors, scholars and libraries. When the author introduced anecdotal stories of libraries, authors and book collectors etc I liked it a whole lot more. Overall though a subject I am pas [...]

    4. 3 1/2 stars. Thanks to and Text Publishing for my copy. What I liked best about this book were the quirky anecdotes about libraries and the bibliophiles who created them and what I struggled with was the vast amount of detail and dates and the rapidity in which they were delivered. I understand it’s a vast topic but I just can’t absorb that amount of detail. Most of all though I wanted pictures (maybe it’s just the visual learner in me)! As I was reading I had to Google images of the libr [...]

    5. A leading Australian bibliophile goes on a tour of thousands of libraries. The result isn’t a punchline but in fact a book called The Library by Stuart Kells. This volume is a fascinating text that draws together Kells’ scholarly essays on a range of different topics related to the storage of books, reading in general and different methods of communication through history. It’s an intriguing trip skipping through the history books and hearing about places that are so much more than a mere [...]

    6. I received a copy of this book by way of a Giveaway and was initially interested in it due to the Australian link and, also, because I too love libraries. I didn't, however, find it to be the 'catalogue of wonders' it promised to be. The author is clearly a highly educated, scholarly person with a deep understanding of both libraries and books. While I was impressed at his wealth of knowledge on the subject of libraries, I personally found the book to be too highbrow and not as interesting as I [...]

    7. *I received this book from Giveaway in exchange for an honest review*This wasnt for me but I did appreciate how much hard work has gone into this book and I thank the author for a copy of this. It wasnt bad, its just not my style. Its packed with alot of information and some of the things talked about were interesting.

    8. ‘Every library has an atmosphere, even a spirit.’My own love affair with libraries started well over half a century ago. The libraries of my youth were places of magic, of possibilities to be explored. They were also places of refuge. But what are libraries, and how have they evolved over the centuries? In this book, Stuart Kells writes about libraries (both fictitious and real) and their influence on individuals, on literature and on culture more generally.‘If a library can be something a [...]

    9. I first heard of this book while listening to an interview with Stuart Kells on Radio National, and I was so excited to see a copy in my local library. When I got it home and started to read it, however, I soon realised that this book was not for me. It's not so much a "catalogue of wonders" as it is a list of things that happened, some of which took place in libraries.While there are definitely some interesting library facts in here (the re-evolution of libraries through the ages, for example), [...]

    10. Like A Collected Series of Idiosyncratic, Themed LecturesThis is an engaging, wide-ranging, sometimes repetitive collection of thoughts, observations, and personal opinions regarding books, book making, libraries, book collecting, printing, paper manufacture, fictional libraries, shelving, and, especially, private libraries through the ages. If you might give some thought to dropping by on a Friday night at McCosh 10 to catch a lecture by that old slightly muddled but interesting professor from [...]

    11. This truly is a catalogue of wonders. Delightful. Except when it's horrifying - Kells does go into some of the atrocities that books and libraries have suffered. And the final chapter, looking towards the future, is appropriately apprehensive.I was particularly attracted by the first chapters. Chapter One looks at oral traditions and the songlines, chapter two ancient books, with a lot of time spent in Alexandria. It would've been nice if the Kells could've continued to look at libraries outside [...]

    12. I really wanted to like this book more than I did. It was a gift from a friend, from halfway around the world. It's signed by the author. It's about libraries! What's not to like? Unfortunately, the book was rather dry and erudite for my tastes. Interesting or amusing anecdotes scattered throughout the book kept me reading, but it felt really disjointed overall, like the author was listing examples without expounding on them. The book would've benefited from either editing down or expanding to a [...]

    13. Fascinating - until the end when Kells got a big bogged down in fantasy literature. I loved especially the descriptions of the some the amazing libraries, book collections and collectors throughout time, and was reassured that having LOTS of books and wanting to read all the time is not an unusual or exceptional obsession. (Although the books I own are not collectors pieces or rare editions - just books I want to read, and perhaps, re-read.) I also enjoyed many of the anecdotes sprinkled through [...]

    14. Wow! This book was full of information - and I loved that. Kells did a fantastic job on research and he included so many details throughout his writing. I loved the part about the fictional libraries, especially Tolkien's. My only qualm is that I sometimes wanted more information about a certain topic/person, but Kells had already moved on to a completely different person. Overall, it was a good read for anyone with a love of books/libraries. *I received a digital ARC from Edelweiss in return fo [...]

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