Sunday, February 22, 2009

So You Want To Be A Bookseller?

"But the real reason why I should not like to be in the book trade for life is that while I was in it I lost my love of books. A bookseller has to tell lies about books, and that gives him a distaste for them; still worse is the fact that he is constantly dusting them and hauling them to and fro."
George Orwell's tasty little rant about working in a bookshop. The essay contains a priceless quote: "If you don't see an ad. for Boswell's Decline and Fall you are pretty sure to see one for The Mill on the Floss by T. S. Eliot."

Well, long as I don't see Far from the madding crowd by the Hardy Boys...

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