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A Bibliophile's Dream,
This review is from: The Paper House (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.