Wednesday, October 1, 2008

READING: Books by Larry McMurtry

I bought Books by Larry McMurtry as a used book fanatic with hopes that it would show a lot of interesting tidbits about the world of used book dealing. It doesn't. But after reading it I was somehow still happy to have read the book. Maybe it was like any good appetizer. Lessoning your hunger for the meal while still being in its way enjoyable. Books is subtitled a memoir and thinly you could call it that. It basically shows McMurtry's memorable transactions in selling used books and also how he discovered books. The frustration of the book is he clearly starts to think of books as objects to be graded ("First edition with handsome slipcase") instead of stories taking us to new faraway worlds. He stops reading fiction and starts only reading travel books. He stops caring.

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