Nice Little Project with Books

Recently someone asked us to store some books at our house for a while.  There are two kind of large heavy bags of them.  We’re going to store them in the guest room.  Instead of carrying them all at once upstairs, I’ve decided to just take one or two a day.  It’d be kind of like opening a whole surprise box of books at Christmas!

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So I started today and these are the two books I reached for today (without looking, of course).   The one on the left looks a little dry, but might have a couple of interesting pages about marketing in Dickens’ time.  I know there are a lot of “street peddlers” in that Dickens Village puzzle I finished recently.  I don’t know how many “commodities” they were selling.  And I don’t remember too many sales taking place during Bleak House.  Let’s put that one away for a rainy day!

The second, Tono-Bungay, hm.  Well, I think I’ve heard of it.  Sounds like an island off somewhere I’ll never get to . . .and H.G. Wells as the author—-I’m afraid I’d have to think
twice about reading it.

Humph!  That’s not a good attitude for the New Year now, is it?  I figured the least I could do was look it up on Amazon to see what it’s about.

Amazon has several copies, but I stopped right at the first one and went to the description:

“This anthology is a thorough introduction to classic literature for those who have not yet
experienced these literary masterworks . . .from Shakespeare’s finesse to Oscar Wilde’s wit . . .it is a must-have addition to any library.”

Well, methinks, this will be a good wake-up call to improve my literary knowledge—and maybe all in a nutshell!

But when I browsed through the book itself, it didn’t seem like a collection of writings–it seems to be about a young man going to live with a chemist or something.

I went back to Amazon and checked the Show Me! all the features—seemed like a mundane table of contents: Chapter One, Chapter Two, etc.  Surprise Me! was some paragraphs about this young man I assume.  And Back Cover—was that same rigamarole about it being an anthology as  “a thorough introduction . . .”

I know you’re on the edge of your seat wondering about this conundrum.  Me, too.

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Well, I’ll be darned.  Turns out I’m getting an education after all with Tono-Bungay.  A reader has kindly informed me of the shenanigans (sp?) with this book review I found.
And it’s quite a story.  To be continued next time . . .

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