Absolutely a perfect book about a perfect bookstore. The whole novel is beautifully written and the story is amazing. Perfect for anyone who loves GOOD books.
Finished 2 of 8 on vacation. Not too bad I don't think.
“‘... how much it adds to the pleasure of perusing a favorite book to have some one to compare your observations with.‘” (Eunice Callender)
I never had to read this in school and I finally got around to fixing that deficiency in my education. Excellent, excellent book. Scout is the best; she has such a well-formed idea of how the world is, and it all gets torn to pieces, from her ideas about school to the nature of justice and even to the truth about Boo Radley.
I thought it was just okay. More like Georgette Heyer than Jane Austen: fluffy romance without any serious social commentary. I wasn't going to continue with the series, but after reading the author's note at the end, I want to read everything Kowal ever wrote just because I like what she said about language and anachronisms.
"The past accompanies the present always, even when it is repudiated, and what we reject determines what we affirm." (p. 35)
"Never before had I known the sudden quiver of understanding that travels from word to brain to heart, the way a new language can move, coil, swim into life under the eyes, the almost savage leap of comprehension, the instantaneous, joyful release of meaning, the way the words shed their printed bodies in a flash of heat and light."
"For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history's terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. And once you've seen that truth--really seen it--you can't look away."