The World Between Two Covers

The World Between Two Covers

Reading the Globe

Book - 2015
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Publisher: New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W. W. Norton & Company, 2015
Edition: 1st American edition
ISBN: 9781631490675
Branch Call Number: 028.9 MOR 2015 23
Characteristics: 326 pages
Alternative Title: Reading the world

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Rebecca_Kohn May 03, 2018

This is one of the best books on reading, publishing, and language I have ever read and it is one I will re-read. In writing about her project to read a book from 197 different countries, Morgan not only introduces us to a wonderful list of books to read, but provides important discussions on the role of translating/translators, publishers, access to books, and how the books you experience shape your understanding of the world. Morgan has an accessible style but she brings in hefty topics about identity, language, and literacy. This is a book that should have a broad audience since it addresses political aspects of access to books and censorship as well as the literary and publishing aspects of the book industry.

Be sure to check out page 271, where Pima County Public Library is mentioned under our previous name "Tucson-Pima Public Library" about having a bookless branch library!

Be sure to check out page 271, where Pima County Public Library is mentioned under our previous name "Tucson-Pima Public Library" about having a bookless branch library!

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Oct 13, 2015

As someone who loves to read translations, I thought this book would be a good fit for me. I assumed it would be about her reading experience as she read a book from every country in the world. As it turns out, you must go to her online blog to get that feedback. This book was far more academic. It dealt with the ins and outs of translations and publishing in other countries, the difficulties of finding material, etc, etc. Some of the chapters were interesting but overall, it read more like an essay. Not awful, but fairly dry.

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