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Getting an inside glimpse is always fascinating-think of the success of books about becoming a chef or a lawyer and if you love books, this is a world you'll want to know more about. But what makes this such a good read isn't the subject matter so much as it is the author. There are universal gems like : 'I wasn't thinking clearly. . .poetry will do that to a man" and truths of the trade like "good books are harder to buy than sell." I'll probably spend a lot of time thinking about "manners of the useless kind" and the peculiar metaphorogenic captivity of a merchant inside his store while a crazy man mutters outside.
For voyeuristic delight or the sheer pleasure of the reading, you should pick this up. You may find yourself becoming a Hugh Gilmore fan too.
Each little anecdote in this book, which I assume is meant to provide a glimpse into the secret rich life of a rare book seller, amounts to much of the same thing: People own worthless books but think they are valuable - and this inconveniences the shop owner, who is one of the few on this earth who can understand the value of a book. The author recounts the often sad situations when people need to jettison their collections, but because these incidental characters are so shallow, he is unable to generate much empathy from the reader. There is a backstory of some chick who came into his shop who he is trying to shag. There is no reason why the reader should regard this woman as anyone but someone in the litany of girls the shop owner has snagged, so the reader never really cares.
The whole thing reads like a rough draft in need of proofing and would have benefited greatly from constructive criticism from a writer group. This just goes to show that because you appreciate books and know how to put a price tag on them, you don't necessarily know how to write.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thoroughly enjoyable. I felt as if I was part of the lives of the characters involved in this used book store. My only regret was when the book ended. Read morePublished 17 months ago by michael Serpentelli
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