Parnassus on wheels & The haunted bookshop
- Sales Rank:10,254,684
- Languages:English (Unknown), English (Published)
- Shipping Weight (lbs):1
- Dimensions (in):8.1 x 5.4 x 1.1
- Publication Date:1948
“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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