Saturday, October 13, 2012

Phantoms of the Bookshelves -- Jacques Bonnet

Do you read books?  Collect books?  Accumulate books?  If you answered yes to any or all of those questions, you'll enjoy Phantoms of the Bookshelves.  I found something on every page (and that includes the fine introduction by James Salter) that struck a chord with me and that I wanted to underline and/or memorize.  Bonnet knows what kind of biblio-lunacy he's writing about (his own library includes 40,000 volumes), and it's a pleasure to read his ruminations on books and reading.  The book's epigraph is from Charles Nodier: "After owning books, almost the next best thing is talking about them."  How true.  And after that comes reading about them in books like this one.  Highly recommended.

1 comment:

Bud said...

Thanks for the tip. I'm in 8-)