Ode to A (Old) Library

January 26th, 2005 · No Comments
by Booksquare

Okay, so we don’t have a poetic mind. Sue us. We know we can’t do this article on the London Library justice, and we’re not going to try. You can read it for yourself. It will do your heart some good.

Literary culture as we have known it and understood it since scribes were writing on papyrus is not the bonus of civilisation but intrinsic to civilisation itself, and the printed book, mysteriously, is the form that turns out to be irreplaceable. In the great libraries or the bookshelf at home, knowledge roots itself and imagination flowers. The availability of books, from poetry to textbooks, makes the garden grow and it’s everybody’s garden.

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