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A whimsical dream of a book for book lovers
on 13 March 2014
This is a story all about a bookshop owner, a young bookworm, and a book seller. Each chapter opens with a quote from one of the bookshop owner's favourite books. You may get the impression that this book is all about books. You'd be right.
If you're still reading, then that probably means you're a bit of a book lover too.
This is a story of how books can affect people's lives. Each character is affected by the printed word. And it's also a love story (and not just about a love of books!).
A.J.Fikry sells books, in a bookshop on an island. Disheartened since the premature death of his beloved wife, he treats publisher's agent Amelia with initial rudeness when she first comes to discuss her latest new titles. But a sudden surprising event changes Fikry's outlook, hopes and priorities for good, and Island Books starts to change, and change people's lives with it.
I know that's an incredibly brief summary, but I wouldn't want to spoil the story for anyone. There may be nothing new under the sun, and nothing here that hasn't been written before, but Zevin has created a true and moving tribute to the printed book that warmed me to read. Someone else knows how I feel about books and reading - each character portrays different aspects of the reader. We see begrudging readers become book club advocates, children growing up among their favourite characters, books bringing people together.
This is one you'll race through, then wish you'd taken your time over. It's bittersweet, uplifting and a must for any lover of literature.
Review of a Netgalley advance copy.