Per millenni le lettere hanno plasmato la storia e l'esistenza degli individui: la digitalizzazione della comunicazione e l'avvento delle e-mail hanno cancellato la vitalità e l'autenticità di un foglio infilato in una busta affrancata. Simon Garfield non intende certo lanciarsi in una crociata contro il progresso informatico; piuttosto, vuole riaffermare «il romanticismo della posta». L'autore prefigura un mondo senza lettere e francobolli, e al tempo stesso celebra un aspetto centrale del nostro passato, una modalità di scambio basata sulla riflessione e il rispetto. Storia, aneddotica e curiosità si intrecciano in un racconto venato di erudizione e ironia, dalle tavolette anonime della Britannia romana fino ai nostri giorni: i capolavori di Cicerone e Seneca, le passioni che infuocavano Anna Bolena e Napoleone, l'anonima vita quotidiana di Jane Austen, l'incontenibile esuberanza epistolare di Madame de Sévigné. il feticismo collezionistico di Garfield non è altro che una dichiarazione d'amore per le lettere, per la loro intimità, per il semplice «fruscio di una busta».
- ISBN: 8850239971
- Casa Editrice: TEA
- Pagine: 462
There was a time, long ago, when an adult would corner you with stories about walking five miles to school. In the snow. Without a winter coat or serviceable shoes. Dessert was an apple. The tooth fairy brought a quarter. Santa Claus left underwear. ("And we were mighty glad to have it!") Summertime Leggi tutto
In this book the author looks at a now vanishing art - that of letter writing. As a child I remember having many pen-pals - some I am still in contact with now, although admittedly we mostly email. Email certainly has its uses and is an immediate way to contact someone, but perhaps they do not have
4 stars! In this book, Simon Garfield takes his readers on a beautiful journey through the lost world of letter writing . As a passionate snail mailer myself, I have highly enjoyed this book. It tells us about the development of the postal service, it offers us insights into the vital importance of l Leggi tutto
The letter has been a method of communication that has been in existence for thousands of years. In the book Garfield takes us from the utterances of Pliny, the wooden cards found preserved in the waterlogged ground at the town of Vindolanda next to Hadrian's Wall, the methods you need to to write t Leggi tutto
I quite enjoyed On the Map and was looking for Just my Type but they had this instead. It looked interesting and appealed, as I used to be an avid letter writer (I used to have shoe-boxes of letters from my first serious girlfriend - we had continuous ongoing conversations in print for years before
Thought this was lovely - a warm and nostalgic look at the history of the letter and what it has meant over the years. Primarily this book is really about love - the love of words and the bit of paper that holds them, of course, but more so about the love that is carried in those words and bits of p Leggi tutto
When I stumbled upon a book about letters, I knew I had to buy and read it. As an old-school letter writing (and receiving) enthousiast, I must say that I enjoyed reading through this overview. It contains a lot of pointers to great letter writers throughout history and got me to look into for insta Leggi tutto
I love this author, he writes about what I'm most interested in! Who hasn't dreamed of working in the dead letter office. And while I probably knew this, I'm a tad bit afraid of the world once the last personal letter has been sent (Garfield claims it will be in our lifetime). He also puts into word Leggi tutto
Overall, I enjoyed this fun and very thorough look into the history of letter writing. It's definitely a book that got better as it went along. Surprisingly, some of the historical bits got a little dry. The more ancient examples bored me but as the letter writing history became more modern, I becam Leggi tutto
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