The Blind Bookkeeper (or Why Homer Must Be Blind) by Alberto Manguel
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Overview: Rich with literary awards and honours, Alberto Manguel extends his literary genius to address and complete a thoughtfully crafted extrapolation on a paper left unfinished by Northrop Frye in 1943. The result is a succinct yet densely multilayered examination of how various readings of Homer throughout the annals of history cast light upon the human tendency towards war rather than peace and asks what roles writing and reading play to bring the world into better equilibrium.
Central to this lecture is the concept of re-binding, a word drawn from the Latin roots for the word religion, which Manguel posits is the essential definition of poetry. Homer’s writings, the point of origin of all written verse, are also the first written instance of the binding of imagined, written, and read realities. The semantics of Homer’s name and the literal and figurative ramifications of his blindness are investigated as Manguel builds the scaffold for unveiling our own blindness through our desire to read Homer in our own image — much as humans have created god(s) in their own likeness(es). We are left to examine our own assumptions and to ask whether we have the courage to challenge ourselves with alternative interpretations of constructed realities, in other languages, that may threaten our own comfortable construct of rightness and reality in order to explore and recognize the world in a more balanced way.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational