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Ok, better if you like French books!,
This review is from: Phantoms on the Bookshelves (Hardcover)
In Phantoms on the Bookshelves, Jacques Bonnet has set out to chronicle a lifetime of book collecting.
As a confirmed bibliophile myself, I was eager to read of another's journey through the world of books.
Jacques certainly has some tales to tell of the many ways he has come across books, and the best ways in which to catalogue an enormous personal library, and I did find myself chuckling along at moments, recognising my own personal struggles with how best to organise my overflowing bookshelves.
However, other than the odd charming anecdote, and amusing little quotes about the perils of book collecting, I didn't find much else to engage me, through no fault of the author, and merely due to the fact that, as a French book translated into English, there wasn't enough common ground to hold my interest.
The French titles (although accompanied by the translation) went over my head, and I'd never heard of the majority of the books mentioned (most of them far too high brow for my mostly popular fiction reading brain) which left me feeling rather lost for the majority of the book.
For a high brow French literature fan, there's a lot to love here, I did really want to love it, and it is a charming little tale, but it just went too far over my head.