The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

authored by Allison Hoover Bartlett
reviewed by kansai2kansas

Readers are welcomed to the rustic cover displaying a plethora of (presumably) ancient tomes, which serves as an excellent overture to the monde of rare books and its collectors. Despite the factual account of the story, the book tends to unfold in a fiction-like pace.

Regardless what one thinks of the alleged book thief (whether he is truly cultured or simply cunning), one could delve into how actual, physical books can still hold dear values for us, even in this world of iPad and Nook and Kindle. The monde brings not only their stories per se, but also quaint memories of their significance to us (such as, how old were you when you read your first Harry Potter book? Who gave it to you?).

A highly recommended reading for proponents of the theory of existentialism and Nietzsche's idea of rationalisation (for they will be sated with the thief's alleged justifications of his larcenies), as well as philologists and bibliomaniacs alike.

Verdict: 7.5 stars out of 10

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