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An eclectic history of human curiosity, a great feast of ideas, and a memoir of a reading life from an internationally celebrated reader and thinker

Curiosity has been seen through the ages as the impulse that drives our knowledge forward and the temptation that leads us toward dangerous and forbidden waters. The question “Why?” has appeared under a multiplicity of guises
Hardcover, 392 pages
Published March 17th 2015 by Yale University Press
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عبدالرحمن عقاب
"ألبرتو مانغويل" مثقّفٌ ثرثار.
يحدّثنا في كتابه هذا -في ما يقارب الـ 400صفحة- عن الكوميديا الإلهية لدانتي. الكتاب القديم الذي ارتبط به مؤخرًا، وقرأه كثيرًا وأحبّه وقرأ عنه وحوله الكثير.
يمرّ "مانغويل" بمحطّاتٍ معينة من رحلة "دانتي" الأخروية، وفي كلّ محطّة تنساب الحكايات من عقل كاتبنا، من كلّ حدبٍ وصوب. الأفكار والاقتباسات التي تنقلنا من كتابٍ إلى كتاب، ومن شخصيةٍ إلى شخصية،بقفزاتٍ تاريخية وموضوعية. قفزاتٍ جعلتني أشعر في بعض فصول الكتاب أنّ "مانغويل" يعاني من حالة "تقافز الأفكار" flight of idea.
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
There is a sadness to reading ‘Curiosity’, as it is quite possibly Manguel’s final such book. He is my favourite author of books-about-books, as his writing is thoughtful, profound, humane, and informed by a lifetime of reading. Here, Manguel talks about suffering a stroke and his intuition that he will not live much longer, something he has made peace with. Nonetheless, this is not an inherently unhappy book. Rather, it is tribute to the curiosity of humanity about the world, each other, and ou ...more
Aug 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
радячи людям альберто мангуеля, я зазвичай кажу, що це такий умберто еко, тільки аргентинський (і, звісно, згадую еталонний фрагмент із «історії читання», у якому борхес приходить із мамою до книгарні, де працює юний альберто). але не знаю, чи це порівняння може пояснити, як сильно мені подобаються його тексти.
мангуель – чудесний оповідач, у якого мене захоплюють й історії, і метод.
As Petrarch understood it, the intimate conviction of readers is that there are no individually written books: ther
Apr 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
The book greets the reader with the most challenging of questions revolving around the infamous 'who?' 'what?' & the 'whys' of life as a whole and our presence as actors within. I do confess it was exhausting to read as its perhaps for the more educated pallet, but still I was not insulted. If you've read any of his works previously it might be best if you keep that pattern and then after visit this one as it may get you familiarised with how he conducts the verbal exchange of thoughts and r ...more
Al-waleed Kerdie
قراءة لمانغويل في أعماق الكوميديا الإلهية لدانتي, مستحضرا أفكارا وأسئلة وجودية ومقارنا إياها بقصص وحكايا شتى من كل أدب وقع عليه مانغويل يوما.
الكتاب مسلٍ في بعض أماكنه ومسهب حد الملل في أماكن أخرى.
Edward Sullivan
Autobiographical, eclectic, erudite, and brilliant.
Nada Aljarallah
Sep 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

يتحدث ألبرتو مانجويل في كتابه عن تاريخ الفضول البشري منذ فجر التاريخ حتى يومنا هذا حيث إتخذ "الكوميديا الإلهية" لدانتي المرجع الأول، المرشد و الرفيق في كل فصوله.
للفضول معنى مزدوج إما أن يكون ممدوح أو مذموم ولكن على اي حال أعتقد أن طرح الأسئلة من شأنه أن يخفف الغباء الذي تستحثّه فينا الأنظمة السلطوية.
الخلاصة تقول أن لا نقبل بسرعة وسهولة، وأن لا نستثمر في حياتنا دون أيّ استفهام
Javier Villaseñor
Aug 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mi biblioteca no es una colección de certezas, sino un asilo de dudas. Se emprende un viaje, el mapa es un libro y cada una de las palabras escritas en éste son una posibilidad de camino, pues cada palabra abre un nuevo campo: ninguna palabra es sólo presente, sino pasado y futuro también, conjugadas y sintetizadas en una sola pregunta que se vuelve brújula para guiarnos en nuestra empresa: ¿por qué?
"La curiosidad es el arte de hacerse preguntas" Plantea Manguel al inicio del libro. ¿Y qué nos p
World Literature Today
"In the opening pages of this ambitious memoir—in which its author tracks the career of his own curiosity through a lifetime of dedicated reading within a capacious framework of the literary history of human inquisitiveness through the ages—he mentions that he was almost sixty when he first encountered Dante’s Commedia, the work of literature that did more than any other to guide him through the production of his unusually challenging task. Such a gargantuan project seeks proper scaffolding, and ...more
Elaine Aldred
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
In ‘Curiosity’ Alberto Manguel uses Dante’s ‘Divine Comedy’ as its backbone from which he meanders down branches of literary and anthropological exploration on the subject of curiosity.
Manguel has a unique method of presenting an autobiographical style of essay writing, which can at times seem to take on a life all of its own and appear to wander off the subject, ‘Curiosity’ is no exception. However, what a reader encounters during this book are many literary boxes of delights and curiosities (a
رغد الرفاعي
كتاب الفضول كتاب ضخم بالتساؤلات التي يطرحها ويعمل على إيجاد الإجابات المناسبة لها. اتخذ من الكوميديا الإلهية لدانتي مرجعاً في كل طرح يطرحه بأسلوب صعب لا يستسيغه سوى متخصص في قسم الآداب سواء لغة عربية أو علم اجتماع أو فلسفة. لكنني استمتعت به وشعرت أن الزمن يعود بي لأيام الجامعة حيث المناقشات الأدبية الرائعة.
لكنني لا أنصح به لغير المتخصصين لأنهم سيضعونه جانباً منذ الصفحات الأولى ..
Michael Rodriguez
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Not a biography of the theory or science of curiosity, but rather a series of meditations on humanity's great existential questions set in the framework of Dante's Inferno and explored through classic literature and philosophy. A feast for any intellectually curious reader or lover of the classics.
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy
Read this book!!! I realized a long time ago the reason I read is because of my curiosity. Manguel uses Dante's Divine Comedy as a touch stone for explorng the asking of questions. The book is dense and erudite. Again, read this book!!
Apr 28, 2015 rated it liked it
Curiosity, evidently, need only be explored through Dante.
Jan 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Manguel explores philosophical questions from the starting place of Dante's Inferno. Didn't always work for me -- I felt he was trying too hard to make a connection.
Ian Tymms
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
A book to read slowly and in pieces. Really a series of essays on a common theme - curiosity - weaving through a reading of literary history and particularly through Dante's Commedia (The Divine Comedy). I haven't read Commedia and I take some comfort in Manguel's admission that he came to it late - in his 60s. I've added it to my "To Read" list.

I'll come back to this book again and again as I think about what it means to know and understand the world - to think deeply and meaningfully.
um manancial de erudição partilhado por Alberto Manguel em defesa da curiosidade, da busca pelo saber e pelo conhecimento. no seu melhor, a partilha de memórias e leituras que vão de carroll a hume, passando por santo agostinho. e no entanto, o epicentro do livro está na divina comédia de dante que, se não tiver sido degustada pelos leitores desta "história", acaba por entorpecer um pouco o desfrute deste livro e dos seus significados.
مُنيرة أحمد
دُهشت جداً من استدلاله بآيات قرآنية وأحاديث نبوية وهذا مايشير إلى سعة اطّلاع هذا الكاتب الموسوعي.
كتاب فلسفيّ عميق قائم بشكل أساسي على مراجعته لكتاب الكوميديا لدانتي.وددت أنه بيّن ذلك في صفحة العنوان حتى يتريّث قليلاً من رغب في قراءته لأن مانقويل كاتبه وحسب.من يمقت الفلسفة ولا يفقه فيها كثيراً -مثلي- سيراوده الشعور بإغلاق الكتاب والتوقف عن قراءته ولن يكون حافزه للإكمال إلّا مانقويل ذاك الكاتب العبقريّ.
Flew Flewelling
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book should be titled, “Philosophy explained through Dante’s Comedia.” The title made me think it would be more of an explanation of what makes us curious, how we foster curiosity, and the results of curiosity in our lives. Instead it was “How Do We Reason?”, “What Are We Doing Here?”, and “What Is True?”

The book was historically fascinating, just not what I was expecting.

Make sure you read the Comedia before reading this.
Danilo Weiner
Difícil fazer de um livro claramente muito bem escrito e repleto de referências para explicar a origem da curiosidade, mas para uma mente simples como a minha e que, principalmente, ainda não leu a maior parte das obras referenciadas (Divina Comédia, Ilíada), é como ouvir uma piada que claramente foi boa, mas você não entendeu...
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Mar 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Daria Golovina
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Жаль, этой книги не было на русском языке, когда я читала «Божественную комедию». С одной стороны, захватывающий литературный анализ произведения Данте, а с другой — увлекательное эссе, полное личных историй и воспоминаний самого Мангеля.
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
A thoughtful musing on curiosity, what, who and how through the journey of life supported with Dante's Divine Commedia. Reading Curiosity has inspired me to read the Commedias. It was a thought provoking read begging to be re-read for deeper understanding.
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A book to return to again and again to lose oneself in Manguel's rich thinking and deep scholarship.
Jul 27, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
صدق من قال مثقف ثرثار
Sergey Grinev
Nov 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little bit boring
Dec 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It took me too long to read but worth it 😊
Oct 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Alberto Manguel
I had some good moments with this book, and some rather dull ones. As always Alberto Manguel is a treasure trove of stories and of thoughts about language and the curious act of reading and writing that defines us as human beings. At times reading Curiosity feels like having a wonderful coffee house conversation with your most cultivated and literate friend. I love the chapter about Quipu, the Inca writing system and the prince of Sansevero, for example, or the thoughts about gree
João Cruz
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lidos-em-2017
Uma história erudita e abrangente sobre a curiosidade, o combustível da evolução da humanidade. A Divina Comédia de Dante ocupa um lugar de charneira neste caldeirão de cultura. Pensadores da Grécia Antiga, Roma, Idade Média, ... até à atualidade dão o "seu contributo" a este livro, onde aparecem também apontamentos muito pessoais de Alberto Manguel.
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Alberto Manguel (born 1948 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-born writer, translator, and editor. He is the author of numerous non-fiction books such as The Dictionary of Imaginary Places (co-written with Gianni Guadalupi in 1980) and A History of Reading (1996) The Library at Night (2007) and Homer's Iliad and Odyssey: A Biography (2008), and novels such as News From a Foreign Country Came (1991). ...more
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