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I have enjoyed this series of "biographies" of great books, but am abandoning this one after an hour, sorry to say. It may be a good work in print. But the combination of Manguel's elegant syntax and endless arcane asides together with a skilled but bloodless reading make it nearly impossible to follow or retain. It all becomes a refined, scholarly drone, with each sentence's subject forgotten by the time it arrives (slowly, tortuously) at the distant predicate. I don't blame the reader or writer exactly, but this one just doesn't work as an audio book.
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