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The Paper House Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Harvill Secker (6 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843432080
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843432081
  • Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 1.3 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 714,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A Masterpiece'
-- Waterstone's Books Quarterly

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The perfect gift for anyone who is passionate about books, this beautifully illustrated enchanting literary mystery may strike fear into the heart of every book lover.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This short, literary novel explores themes which academicians have discussed for generations--the relationship between reality and language, the belief that creating a library is akin to creating a life, the idea that books can take on a life of their own, and the obsessive collection of books and reverence for them. Creating an allegory of the literary world and its complications, Dominguez tells what appears to be a simple story--part mystery, part satire, and part quest.
When Bluma Lennon, a professor at Cambridge and a Joseph Conrad scholar, is hit by a car while crossing the street, she had been reading Emily Dickinson. Several months later, a copy of Conrad's The Shadow Line, coated in cement, arrives at her former address from "Carlos," a man she had met at a conference in Latin America. The unnamed narrator of the story, originally from Buenos Aires (as was Jorge Luis Borges), returns to Buenos Aires and eventually travels to Montevideo in search of Carlos Brauer, a former lover of Bluma, and the owner of an extraordinary collection of books.
As the narrator travels to meet scholars and antiquarian book sellers, he acquires additional information about Brauer, who has apparently gone mad. After accidentally setting the index of his books on fire and being unable to find anything in his weirdly organized collection, he moves to the sea and builds a house from bricks pressed from the waterlogged books in his collection. Conrad's The Shadow Line, the book he has returned to Bluma, is obviously from this damaged collection, and the symbolism of this book and its themes of a man's rejection of his youthful illusions, the belief in the sea as a healer, and the search for self-knowledge help explain Brauer's life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Simon Savidge Reads on 22 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
It is with a death caused in fact by a book that the novel, though I would say it was a novella, The Paper House starts. In fact it's the events after the death of Bluma Lennon that the book is in fact about, for not long after her death a parcel is delivered for her containing a cement covered copy of The Shadow Line by Conrad. The person who picks this up on her behalf is her Cambridge colleague. It is he who then goes on a mission, to Uruguay, to find the person who sent the book a Mr Carlos Brauer who in local book circles is renowned as one of the great bibliophiles.

Not only is this a quirky unusual mystery it is a book about books and one that any book lover will happily devour in a sitting or two as I did. It looks at how different people collect books and what makes collection books such a joy to each individual as well as the pleasure gained from reading. However it does in some cases give a forewarning of the costs a serious book addiction and not money something much darker indeed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Aug. 2007
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About an obsessive bibliophile who ends up building a house with his books. A quirky read that I enjoyed immensely. A fantastic addition to my collection of books about books.
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By heather s on 19 Dec. 2014
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What a gem this little book is. The shape attracted me first - pocket-size - and also the illustrations which are wittily quirky. The story is most unusual, telling the tale of the perils of being a bibiophile.
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