I really really wanted to like this book. The title is certainly provocative, but I found the writing off-putting, too much in the style of the Latin American magical writers I loathe. However, the opinions that Manguel expresses invite the reader to respond, and I found myself wishing I could be actually conversing with him. Many will find this book intriguing, so I do recommend it, just not for me.
Leatherby Libraries Call Number: Z721 .M25 2008
2nd Floor Social Science Library
Review submitted by: Nancy Stenerson Gonzales, Cataloger, Leatherby Libraries