Alberto Manguel Quotes
The American psychologist Julian Jaynes, in a controversial study on the origin of consciousness, argued that the bicameral mind – in which one of the hemispheres becomes specialized in silent reading – is a late development in humankind’s evolution, and that the process by which this function develops is still changing.
I remember, as a child, the confusion of not knowing what this place was where I was supposed to spend the night: it’s a disquieting experience for a child. And what I would do was quickly unpack my books and go back to a book I knew well and make sure the same text and the same illustrations were there.
And sometimes, when the stars are kind, we read with an intake of breath, with a shudder, as if someone or something had ‘walked over our grave,’ as if a memory had suddenly been rescued from a place deep within us – the recognition of something we never knew was there, or of something we vaguely felt as a flicker or a shadow, whose ghostly form rises and passes back into us before we can see what it is, leaving us older and wiser.