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Old 05-21-2007, 12:47 PM   #1
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Morley, Christopher: The Haunted Bookshop. v1. 21 May 07

This is a wonderful book about the love of literature and the love of books.

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"When you sell a man a book," says Roger Mifflin, protagonist of these classic bookselling novels, "you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue — you sell him a whole new life." The new life the itinerant bookman delivers to Helen McGill, the narrator of Parnassus on Wheels, provides the romantic comedy that drives the novel. Published in 1917, Morley's first love letter to the traffic in books remains a transporting entertainment. Its sequel, The Haunted Bookshop, finds Mifflin and McGill, now married, ensconced in Brooklyn. The novel's rollicking plot provides ample doses of diversion, while allowing more room for Mifflin (and Morley) to expound on the intricacy of the bookseller's art. Introduction by James Mustich, Jr."

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Old 05-21-2007, 02:32 PM   #2
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just down the road from the little shop of horrors. classic book, light reading, good beat, easy to dance to, give it 4 stars
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Old 10-25-2008, 06:28 AM   #3
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A very good mystery

Besides being a good adventure story, this book seems to stress the importance of breaking free of old, rigid ideas and producing new attitudes out of them. Roger, after "breaking" many a dish, sublimates dish-washing into a wonderful kitchen philosophy of his own. Even the blowing up of his bookshop becomes a good opportunity to reflect on his way of doing business and introduce something new to his routine life. He thinks highly of Samuel Butler's "The Way of All Flesh", presumably because it freed readers of rigid conventional Victorian set of values. Destruction or denial must not be merely something negative, but it must be a positive step to finding a new meaning of life. That is why Roger, thoroughly criticizing the war, has a "curious feeling, a kind of premonition that there are great books coming out of this welter of human hopes and anguishes, perhaps A book in which the tempest-shaken soul of the race will speak out as it never has before." I think this strong belief in the future gives this book a very positive note.
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Old 10-25-2008, 08:50 PM   #4
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I recommend reading "Parnassus on Wheels" before this one. I read "The Haunted Bookshop" first and then realise that it's a sequel. Both books are equally good, especially for bibliophiles. I highly recommend them.
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Thank you, Dr. Drib, and BookCat for the recommendation. I have just downloaded the other book uploaded by BenG.

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