The World Between Two Covers

The World Between Two Covers

Reading the Globe

Book - 2015
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"A beguiling exploration of the joys of reading across boundaries, inspired by the author's year-long journey through a book from every country. Following an impulse to read more internationally, journalist Ann Morgan undertook first to define "the world" and then to find a story from each of 196 nations. Tireless in her quest and assisted by generous, far-flung strangers, Morgan discovered not only a treasury of world literature but also the keys to unlock it. Whether considering the difficulties faced by writers in developing nations, movingly illustrated by Burundian Marie-Thérese Toyi's Weep Not, Refugee; tracing the use of local myths in the fantastically successful Samoan YA series Telesa; delving into questions of censorship and propaganda while sourcing a title from North Korea; or simply getting hold of The Corsair, the first Qatari novel to be translated into English, Morgan illuminates with wit, warmth, and insight how stories are written the world over and how place-geographical, historical, virtual-shapes the books we read and write" -- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Liveright Publishing Corporation, a division of W.W. Norton & Company,, 2015
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9781631490675
Call Number: 028.9 M8211r 2015
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 25 cm


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Blogger and journalist Morgan's effort to globalize her reading tastes makes for an interesting read about the how's and why's of reading books from around 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!

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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