Phantoms on the Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet

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The enthralling memoir on the art of living with books Phantoms on the Bookshelves considers how our personal libraries reveal our true natures: far more than merely crowded shelves, they are living labyrinths of our innermost feelings. The author, a lifelong accumulator of books ancient and modern, lives in a house large enough to accommodate his many thousands of volumes, as well as overspill from the libraries of his friends. While his musings on the habits of collectors from the earliest known libraries are learned, amusing, and instructive, his advice on cataloguing may even save lives. Phantoms on the Bookshelves ranges from classical Greece to contemporary Iceland, from Balzac to Moby-Dick and Google. Rich in wit and wisdom, it will be a lasting delight for all who treasure books.


 

About Jacques Bonnet

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JACQUES BONNET is a publisher, translator and the author of novels and works of art history, including a monograph on the artist Lorenzo Lotto.JAMES SALTER is an American novelist and short-story writer whose work includes the classic A Sport and a Pastime. He has won the PEN/Faulkner Award, and who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2000.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Overlook. 141 pages
Genres: Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Literature & Fiction, History, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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In this slim but charming volume, with an introduction by novelist James Salter, French art historian, editor, and novelist Bonnet describes his obsession with books, which has yielded a library of mo

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The Bookbag

He ruminates about the expense of new books, the joy of hunting down a treasure in a second-hand bookstore and he's not averse to owning several copies of the same book.

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The New Yorker

As Anthony Burgess once commented, there is no better reason for not reading a book than having it, but an exception should be made for Jacques Bonnet’s “Phantoms on the Bookshelves,” just out this month. It appears at a... As Anthony Burgess once commented, there is no better reason for not read...

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Metro

Book review: Phantoms On The Bookshelves by Jacques Bonnet (MacLehose Press, £12) is a meditation on the declining art of cultivating a home library.

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