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The Child That Books Built (2002)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0571214673, Paperback)What would you find if you went back and reread all of your favourite books from childhood? Francis Spufford discovers both delight and sadness, in this memoir. Re-reading and re-living these books, and investigating their literary origins and rich histories, Francis Spufford reveals what it was like to be an obsessive reader as a child. As the book unfolds, so too he gradually uncovers his own childhood and his unique reason for taking refuge in stories from a world full of unbearable knowledge.
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The author recounts how the books he read as a child formed the person he is now, discussing how the stories he read allowed him an escape, shifted the boundaries of language, and stretched the imagination.
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