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.