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A Life With Books

by Julian Barnes

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A short essay (27 pages) that describes Julian Barnes' first encounters with books, leading to obsessive book-collecting and time spent searching second-hand bookshops as he is a completist. It finishes with Julian Barnes telling us of his continuing attachment to physical books and physical bookshops, and his view that bookshops will have to learn to earn their keep. He also comments that books will have to become more desirable: not luxury goods but well designed, attractive and remember in later years that this was the edition in which we first encountered what lay inside.
This resonates very strongly for me, as I do remember the covers of many of the significant (to me) books I have read. And don't tell my wife, but if this is the case then I nearly always need to retain the original books when I buy better editions (usually beautiful Folio Society editions). ( )
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