This is Not the End of the Book

by Carrière and Eco (Harvill Secker) R250, ISBN: 978-1-846-55451

 

Book lovers the world over are debating whether the printed book will survive the digital revolution. Jean-Claude Carrière and Umberto Eco are avid book collectors and writers. They are qualified to debate this issue. This they do by drawing examples from the past about how the written word has survived many centuries.

 

This is Not the End of the Book takes the form of a conversation. Carrière and Eco examine the influences of the digital age and the impact of knowledge at the click of a mouse. They acknowledge that one of two things will happen: the book will continue as a reading medium or the replacement will resemble the book. What will not change is the content.

 

I felt like a child listening to grownups talking. Sometimes, I had some insight into what they were saying and at other times my mind drifted, not quite following the discussion.

 

It is a worthwhile read if you don’t mind wading through a bit of boastful conversation about Carrière and Eco’s vast book collections. It is not an easy bedtime read unless you suffer from insomnia.

 

Ulrike Hill

2/5

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