The library at night

There is an unbridgeable chasm between the book that tradition has declared a classic and the book (the same book) that we have made ours through instinct, emotion and understanding: suffered through it, rejoiced in it, translated it into our experience and (notwithstanding the layers of readings with which a book comes into our hands) essentially becomes its first readers.

Alberto Manguel
The Library At Night (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2008), 218.

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