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but I wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't been flagged as in good, or very good condition
on 11 January 2017
I can't remember what the blurb said when I bought this book and I knew it was second-hand, but I wouldn't have bought it if it hadn't been flagged as in good, or very good condition. As it turned out, however, it was full of someone else's commentary (obviously, a student who had been using the book as a text book) written all over the pages. This was highly embarrassing as it was a Xmas gift. I don't have a problem with giving my husband a second-hand book - we buy each other second-hand books all the time as both of us are voracious readers and don't see the point of wasting money when so many used books in perfectly good condition are out there - but the notes totally spoiled the surprise as they really get in the way of reading the poems with an open mind. Your eyes just can't help going to the notes to see what they say, so you're constantly distracted from the poems themselves. I was very disappointed that these notes were not mentioned in the product details.