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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful old-fashioned book about bookselling and reading
Usually the sequel is never as good as the original, but in this case, The Haunted Bookshop is even better than the first volume, Parnassus on Wheels. If you are a booklover, you will thoroughly enjoy both. This story is set in Brooklyn just after the close of WWI. The descriptions of the city made me feel like I was really there. The book is filled with observations...
Published on 7 Aug. 1999

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing Sequel
I bought this as it was described as a sequel to the author's 'Parnassus on Wheels', which was a delightful tale of a travelling bookshop. This has one of the characters, Roger Mifflin, from that story, but it is not a sequel. There are a few philosophical musings on books, but it is basically a very far fetched spy story, with a bit of romance thrown in. Mrs Mifflin, who...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful old-fashioned book about bookselling and reading, 7 Aug. 1999
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This review is from: The Haunted Bookshop (Hardcover)
Usually the sequel is never as good as the original, but in this case, The Haunted Bookshop is even better than the first volume, Parnassus on Wheels. If you are a booklover, you will thoroughly enjoy both. This story is set in Brooklyn just after the close of WWI. The descriptions of the city made me feel like I was really there. The book is filled with observations about books and bookselling. Although the romance woven into the plot was somewhat sentimental, the book did have its serious side, and is stronger on plot than the first volume was. The bookseller and his wife are thoroughly enjoyable and likable people. It was really fun to read about city life early in the century, when milk wagons and bakery wagons still made deliveries, and apothecaries mixed prescriptions right on the premises instead of counting out pills from a bottle from the pharmaceutical company. This was a very refreshing book, and the observations it contained about reading have not gone out of date.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual and Very Engaging Novel, 22 Sept. 2013
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In Christopher Morley's intriguing novel 'The Haunted Bookshop', set at the close of the First World War, we meet Roger Mifflin who, with his wife, Helen, runs a secondhand bookshop, situated in a comfortable old brown-stone building in Gissing Street, Brooklyn. There, amongst a myriad of shelves, alcoves and galleries sits Roger, amid a fug of tobacco smoke, waiting to share his extensive knowledge with his customers and to "prescribe literature to those who hardly know how much they need it." Roger refers to his bookstore as haunted because, he says, it is haunted by the ghosts of good literature and by the ghosts of the books he hasn't yet read.

Into this weird and wonderful premises one cold November evening, arrives Aubrey Gilbert, a young advertising executive who, immediately he enters the shop, falls under the spell of the bookstore and its unusual owner. And when the beautiful, young Titania starts working for the Mifflins, Aubrey finds himself even more drawn to the shop. However, before long, Aubrey notices some rather strange and sinister things happening, and when he is followed, threatened and attacked shortly after he begins his visits to the Mifflins, Aubrey decides he not only has to find out exactly what is going on, but he must also ensure that he protects the lovely Titania.

Originally published in 1919, this beautifully written, wonderfully described and rather amusing little novel makes for very engaging reading. The story does become a touch over-dramatic towards the end, but it's all great fun. If you enjoy good literature, love books and like reading novels about books, then this lively little publication will make a very rewarding read for you. One to read and to share, and also one to keep on your bookshelf to experience and enjoy again in the future.

4.5 Stars.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mysterious goings-on in a second hand bookshop, 7 Jun. 2007
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This is a delightful story set mainly in a little-known second hand bookshop in Brooklyn in 1918. The book was written in 1919, and as the other reviewer has said, much of the enjoyment is in reading about city life in New York nearly a hundred years ago. The bookshop is a peaceful haven of tranquility for bibliophiles, especially if they smoke. Something odd is afoot however, and whilst the plot isn't as preposterous as a John Buchan, the adventurous parts of the story do have a similar feel to his work.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Unusual and Very Engaging Novel, 22 Sept. 2013
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This review is from: The Haunted Bookshop (Paperback)
In Christopher Morley's intriguing novel 'The Haunted Bookshop', set at the close of the First World War, we meet Roger Mifflin who, with his wife, Helen, runs a secondhand bookshop, situated in a comfortable old brown-stone building in Gissing Street, Brooklyn. There, amongst a myriad of shelves, alcoves and galleries sits Roger, amid a fug of tobacco smoke, waiting to share his extensive knowledge with his customers and to "prescribe literature to those who hardly know how much they need it." Roger refers to his bookstore as haunted because, he says, it is haunted by the ghosts of good literature and by the ghosts of the books he hasn't yet read.

Into this weird and wonderful premises one cold November evening, arrives Aubrey Gilbert, a young advertising executive who, immediately he enters the shop, falls under the spell of the bookstore and its unusual owner. And when the beautiful, young Titania starts working for the Mifflins, Aubrey finds himself even more drawn to the shop. However, before long, Aubrey notices some rather strange and sinister things happening, and when he is followed, threatened and attacked shortly after he begins his visits to the Mifflins, Aubrey decides he not only has to find out exactly what is going on, but he must also ensure that he protects the lovely Titania.

Originally published in 1919, this beautifully written, wonderfully described and rather amusing little novel makes for very engaging reading. The story does become a touch over-dramatic towards the end, but it's all great fun. If you enjoy good literature, love books and like reading novels about books, then this little publication will make a rewarding read for you. One to read and to share, and also one to keep on your bookshelf to experience and enjoy again in the future.

4.5 Stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Haunted Bookshop - Christopher Morley, 20 Sept. 2013
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I can't say how much I love this little series. I adore the design of these Art of the Novella books, and I purchase every one whether I am interested in reading it or not. This is one of my favourites: a jolly sequel to the charming Parnassus on Wheels. It's a hugely enjoyable little story of a small secondhand bookshop run by fiction's most delightful bibliophile, Roger Mifflin. Morley writes with a wry, light touch, with dashes of humour and romantic earnestness. If you love are any lover of books (not just a reader; a lover of books) you will adore this (and Parnassus on Wheels). Whilst Roger spends his time waxing lyrical about books, and poking around his little shops, singing the delights of books to anyone who will listen, something sinister is going on in and around his shops, and it's up to advertising man Aubrey Gilbert, transfixed by the attractive young clerk Titania, to find out exactly what is the meaning of the recurrently disappearing volume of Carlyle's Cromwell...

A great little read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing Sequel, 22 Jun. 2011
This review is from: The Haunted Bookshop (Paperback)
I bought this as it was described as a sequel to the author's 'Parnassus on Wheels', which was a delightful tale of a travelling bookshop. This has one of the characters, Roger Mifflin, from that story, but it is not a sequel. There are a few philosophical musings on books, but it is basically a very far fetched spy story, with a bit of romance thrown in. Mrs Mifflin, who was a major character in Parnassus on Wheels, is just a background figure in this book. If you want a story of spies in New York in 1919, this is the book for you, but if you want a book about books, it is not.
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