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The haunted bookshop by Christopher Morley
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The haunted bookshop (original 1919; edition 1919)

by Christopher Morley

Series: Roger Mifflin (2)

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A charming and entertaining novel that captures the romance of books and bookshops. "When you sell a man a book," says Roger Mifflin, protagonist of this classic bookselling novel, "you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue--you sell him a whole new life." The Haunted Bookshop finds Mifflin and his wife, Helen McGill, ensconced in Brooklyn, where they encounter some strange goings-on in their bookstore. The unraveling of the mystery provides a rollicking plot while allowing Mifflin (and Morley) to expound on the delights of reading and the intricacy of the bookseller's art. Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6-by-9-inch format by Waking Lion Press.… (more)
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Title:The haunted bookshop
Authors:Christopher Morley
Info:Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1919. [2], vii, [1], 289, [5] p. (first 2 p. and last 4 p. blank) ;
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The Haunted Bookshop by Christopher Morley (1919)

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I never would have read it if I hadn't have stumbled on it on Project Gutenberg, I liked it so much I've re-read it a few times and read everything by him that I could get my hands on. ( )
  kevn57 | Dec 8, 2021 |
Reading this book made me happy! Seriously, it actually made me happy! It was so fun to read a book that was so positive about books, reading, and selling, especially used books! The owner, and major book philosopher, Roger Mifflin delivers so many book-positive lines that I was smiling throughout the reading of this volume. I loved him! And I could include probably fifty or so quotes from this book that made my day! Just a happy read for me! And the title is a bit of a misnomer, the book isn't haunted by ghosts per se, it is “Haunted by the ghosts of great literature.” And for the plot of this story, is seems that one piece of literature, the copy of “Cromwell” by Thomas Carlyle, is particularly 'haunting'!

On a 'strange' personal note, I began reading this book, for no reason in particular, on November 11, 2021. And this story has a great connection to having taken place shortly after the end of World War I - which ended with an armistice agreement with the Allies on November 11, 1918. Weird, huh? ( )
  Stahl-Ricco | Nov 15, 2021 |
A fairly standard mystery - evil Germans still making bombs after WW1 and using a bookshop as a drop point - but Oh! My! The eloquent language!! I've never had to look up so many words in Kindle's online dictionary in my life. I thought I had a great vocabulary - I'm a retired librarian, after all - but this book put it to the test. And I only scored about 50%. Oh, the shame! But I will be looking for more books by Morley, if for no other reason than to test my vocabulary skills again. If you want a challenge for the language - not the mystery itself, though it's not a bad one - read this book. ( )
  stbyra | Jul 12, 2021 |
An all-around good tale. ( )
  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
It started off strongly but then became increasingly tedious. There are several long and dull passages I just couldn't wait to get to the end of and Audrey, the hero of the story, was annoying and, dare I say it, dimwitted. The girl's character was poorly fleshed out, and I got the impression she was nothing but the literary equivalent of an eye candy. The plot twists were visible from a mile away and I found myself growing impatient with the characters who wouldn't know a clue if it smacked them in the face with a baseball bat. I kept hoping that there would be more to the story than the transparent spy plot and a lukewarm romance, but sadly, there was not. Disappointing. ( )
  JuliaMay | Dec 10, 2020 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Morley, Christopherprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gorsline, Douglas W.Illustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Orth-Guttmann, RenateTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rudnicki, StefanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To the Booksellers
Be pleased to know, most worthy, that this little book is dedicated to you in affection and respect.
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If you are ever in Brooklyn, that borough of superb sunsets and magnificent vistas of husband-propelled baby-carriages, it is to be hoped you may chance upon a quiet by-street where there is a very remarkable book shop.
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The Haunted Bookshelf is an error for the title The Haunted Bookshop.
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A charming and entertaining novel that captures the romance of books and bookshops. "When you sell a man a book," says Roger Mifflin, protagonist of this classic bookselling novel, "you don't sell him just twelve ounces of paper and ink and glue--you sell him a whole new life." The Haunted Bookshop finds Mifflin and his wife, Helen McGill, ensconced in Brooklyn, where they encounter some strange goings-on in their bookstore. The unraveling of the mystery provides a rollicking plot while allowing Mifflin (and Morley) to expound on the delights of reading and the intricacy of the bookseller's art. Newly designed and typeset in a modern 6-by-9-inch format by Waking Lion Press.

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