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Parnassus on Wheels & The Haunted Bookshop

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  • Sales Rank:2,484,940
  • Language:English (Published)
  • Media:Paperback
  • Pages:216
  • Shipping Weight (lbs):0.9
  • Dimensions (in):9 x 6 x 0.5
  • Publication Date:February 27, 2012
  • ISBN:1938277015
  • EAN:9781938277016
  • ASIN:1938277015

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Synopsis
“A good book ought to be like Eve; it ought to come from somewhere near the third rib: there ought to be a heart beating in it.” Helen McGill often wonders if there’s not a lot of bunkum in higher education. As an author’s spinster sister, she has her own list of complaints to level against books, but when she meets a travelling bookseller named Roger Mifflin, she uncovers an undreamed of world of literary impracticality: kidnapping plots, German spies and old men who just won’t change. “Living in a bookshop is like living in a warehouse of explosives. Those shelves are ranked with the most furious combustibles in the world—the brains of men. I can spend a rainy afternoon reading, and my mind works itself up to such a passion and anxiety over mortal problems as almost unmans me. It is terribly nerve-racking. Surround a man with Carlyle, Emerson, Thoreau, Chesterton, Shaw, Nietzsche, and George Ade—would you wonder at his getting excited?”

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