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Meine vielseitigen Geliebten: Bekenntnisse eines Bibliomanen

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»Die Bibliothek ist der Ort, der dem Paradies am nächsten kommt.« Jacques Bonnet Jacques Bonnet ist bekennender Bibliomane. Er besitzt mehrere Zehntausend Bücher, seine ganze Wohnung ist eine Bibliothek. Aber wie sortiert man eine solche Menge an Werken? Mit welchen Lesetechniken schafft man es, sich ihren Inhalt einzuprägen? Und zu welchem Ort sollte man seinen vielseitig ...more
Hardcover, 155 pages
Published 2009 by Droemer Knaur (first published 2008)
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Cheryl Kennedy
"The library protects us from external enemies, filters the noise of the world, tempers the cold winds around us-but also gives us the feeling of being all powerful. It concentrates time and space. It contains on its shelves all the strata of the past. Writing is great, very great, in enabling us to converse with the dead, the absent, and the unborn, at all distances of time and space.

My library is a concentrate of space. Even imaginary countries like Swift's Lilliput, Musil's Cacania, Faulkner'
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Carla
Um livro que começa bem com o relato da candidatura de Fernando Pessoa em 1932 ao lugar de conservador-bibliotecário no Museu Condes de Castro Guimarães em Cascais e que se prolonga numa toada deliciosa.

Muitas vezes dei por mim a rever-me nas considerações de Jacques Bonnet sobre os livros, os leitores, os escritores, os hábitos de leitura ou a forma de organização das bibliotecas pessoais. E sobretudo, assentindo sempre ao quadro apresentado dos “viciados” em livros, dos que PRECISAM de viver r
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Tosh
What a lovely little meditation on the beauty of living in a world full of books. Not only that but the author has three of my all time authors within these pages. Boris Vian, Osamu Dazai and Albert Cossery. So one is surrounded by great taste!

He also comments on the peculiar nature of collecting books as well as the human nature needing these objects to surround us. Without a doubt my library is very much my self portrait. And this book is now part of my collection!
Marleen
I received this book from and reviewed it for New Book Magazine.

This is a book about books, written by a man in the middle of a life-long love affair with books, who has accumulated approximately 40.000 copies in his house.
This is a book about having such a personal library, acquiring the books and the need to keep them, the intricacies involved in organising the shelves and the frustrations associated with not being able to find a certain copy of a certain title. This is a book for those who lo
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Caren
If you love books, physical books, then this slender volume, from someone who shares your passion, will fly right into your heart. I felt a sense of recognition from his opening quote: "Some people are fond of horses, others of wild animals; in my case, I have been possessed since childhood by a prodigious desire to buy and own books." --Julian the Apostate. The author has a personal library of 40,000 volumes, so you might say he is a bibliophile extraordinaire. He discusses the problems that co ...more
Natalie
In Phantoms on the Bookshelves, Jacques Bonnet has set out to chronicle a lifetime of book collecting.
As a confirmed bibliophile myself, I was eager to read of another’s journey through the world of books.
Jacques certainly has some tales to tell of the many ways he has come across books, and the best ways in which to catalogue an enormous personal library, and I did find myself chuckling along at moments, recognising my own personal struggles with how best to organise my overflowing bookshelves.
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Víctor
Un tratado de xardineria para a planta trepadora que máis me gusta; os libros. Un libro sobre libros e sobre o clube dos bibliofilos <3
Pat
Leggere e scoprire di essere affetti da bibliomania. Ti dici che in fondo non è grave.
Il fatto è che, prima di arrivare alla scoperta, i libri si sono moltiplicati, e non capisci come sia potuto accadere.
Nell’attesa di trovare una risposta spuntano le domande: collezionista o lettore insaziabile?
Cosa ti ha spinto a scegliere quei libri? Una ragione ci sarà, o dieci cento mille…
Urge però trovargli una collocazione, quindi meglio rimandare la soluzione ai quesiti.
Sì, però… con quale criterio siste
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Natira
Ich habe nicht über 10.000 Bücher, kann daher dem "Club" nicht beitreten und zwischen den Bonnet und mir gehörenden Titeln gibt es vermutlich kaum Überschneidungen, dennoch waren mir ein paar seiner "Probleme" vertraut, wie z.B. die Frage, wie bzw, wonach man die Bücher ordnet - jedes System erweist sich als unperfekt ;) - oder der Punkt, dass die Lektüre eines Buches ein Netz aus Beziehungen ergeben kann in dem Sinne, dass ein Buch zu einem anderen Titel dieses oder jenen Autors führt etc. Es i ...more
Claudia
Breve trattato sulle librerie, o meglio, sui bibliomani che le nutrono, le ordinano, le spostano, le catalogano. Avevo il sospetto di essere affetta da bibliomania ma dopo aver letto questo divertente libricino della Sellerio ne ho proprio la conferma. Non sono arrivata ancora ai 40000 volumi dell'autore (beato lui), ne ho circa 3500 (uno speciale ringraziamento ai miei genitori), ma ho poco più di trent'anni, direi di avere tempo :)
È stato interessante leggere dei vari problemi di catalogazione
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Siria
Jacques Bonnet works in the French publishing industry, and between his profession and a self-professed case of bibliomania, he has a personal collection of some 40,000 books. Phantoms on the Bookshelves is a brief, breezy reflection on a lifetime spent book-collecting, sprinkled with quotations, aphorisms and anecdotes. Bonnet doesn't develop a lot of his ideas, and I disagreed with several of them, but this is nonetheless an enjoyable trifle.
Sian Lile-Pastore
the author of this book has a library containing 40,000 volumes!! there's lots in here about other collectors - one guy's apartment became so filled with books that he moved out to an apartment opposite and kept his booklined one as an office. Another story is a Brazilian guy who spent 17 years looking for a particular book and finally flew to france to pick up a copy, and then left it on the plane!! (it's ok, he mananged to get it back).

This was orignally written in french, and most of the book
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Iris
A beautiful homage to books and bibliomania. It's main theme is based on Borges "Paradise is library." The book is crammed with elegant aphorisms and remarkable anecdotes, like the description of a lithograph by Daumier called "the book-lover in heaven", which perfectly illustrates the fascination rarity holds for the bibliophile. It shows a man thumbing through a little book and explaining to another book-lover, "I can't tell you how happy I am ... I've just found the 1780 Amsterdam edition of ...more
Riina Ojanen
Kirja on kuin lämmin viltti kaikille, joiden nurkkiin on kertynyt huomattava määrä kirjoja. Bonnetin lukeneisuus näkyy tekstistä, ja huomioita hänen yksityiskirjastostaan on miellyttävää lukea. Tämä kirja on rakkaudenosoitus henkilökohtaiselle kirjastolle, mutta siinä sivussa Bonnet herättelee lukijaa ajattelemaan oman kirjahyllyn sisältöä, sen järjestämistä, esteettisyyttä ja ennen kaikkea kirjan merkitystä esineenä ja muistona. Muutama lukuvinkkikin jäi haaviin. Suosittelen lämpimästi kaikille ...more
Rodrigo Ferrao
Sempre vivi numa biblioteca carregada de fantasmas. O meu pai transmitiu uma doença incurável.
O que mais me apaixonou neste livro foi saber que não sou louco. Nenhuma daquelas histórias me pareceu invulgar ou esquisita. Não!... o meu mundo sempre foi parecido com alguns relatos que são narrados por Jacques Bonnet.
... Da escuridão de um escritório onde as janelas já não se abrem porque o meu pai as transformou em estantes. Esta minha casa... que tem livros na sala de jantar, no hall de entrada,
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Matt Simmons
How does one live with tens of thousands of books?

I will almost certainly never have the means to ask myself that question, yet I found Monsieur Bonnet's little book a charming, funny, moving, and effervescent meditation on that question, and I found myself nodding in agreement with point after point. How does one organize one's books? Even though I have only several hundred, not twenty thousand, I debate and think over that question regularly. What does one collect? Am I a "collector"? I find m
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Anna
Έχω μεγάλη αδυναμία στα βιβλία που μιλάνε για βιβλία και αυτό εδώ ήταν συμπαθέστατο. Διαβάστηκε σε δόσεις γιατί βρέχει ονόματα και τίτλους. Μου άρεσε ιδιαίτερα το κεφάλαιο «Διαβάζοντας τις εικόνες» για τα βιβλία και καταλόγους τέχνης, που παραλληλίζει τις ράχες τους με τους ίδιους τους πίνακες που περιέχουν.

Μην το πιάσετε στα χέρια σας αν η βαρυφορτωμένη βιβλιοθήκη σας ήδη υποφέρει και δεν θέλετε να ανακαλύψετε ακόμα περισσότερα βιβλία που θέλετε οπωσδήποτε να διαβάσετε…
Mary Bronson
This was actually a nice short book to read. I loved the quotes he used at the beginning of the chapters. He did a great job about writing about reading and owning a lot of books. When I was reading it I was like yep that is me. Another thing I liked about reading this book was that it was actually current. Well current compared to the other books I read about reading and about a bunch of book nerds.
Emmi
Näääh. Aloitin lukemisen ja selasin loppuun. Itsestäänselvää kirjojen omistamisen ylistystä, jaarittelua, (sulkeissa olleita pitkiä kommentteja) ja paljon kirjailijoita joista minä sivistymätön en ole koskaan kuullut. Kirjan ainoa anti olivat muutamat kivat sitaatit ja tieto, että on ihan yleisesti hyväksyttävää järjestää kirjahyllynsä logiikalla jota kukaan muu ei tajua :).
Eoin
A tiny, delightful book about the tiny delights of personal libraries. If your time is limited, The Library at Night is more comprehensive and contemplative, though this one is certainly worth its 144 pages. Worth it for the bibliography alone.
Jduarte Da silva pereira
Para todos o os bibliófilos, bibliómanos, biblioincendiários e demais bilios.
El alquimista del tedio Alquimista del tedio
Del mismo modo que los enamorados tallan a navaja sus nombres dentro de un corazón en la corteza de un árbol o el alpinista pone la banderita al llegar a la cima, el lector deja en la blogosfera su acercamiento a un libro escribiendo algo parecido a una reseña. Este libro cayo en mis manos por puro azar. Dejé un libro en la biblioteca y en el cajón donde lo deposité tras devolverlo, alguien había dejado a su vez este libro. Me gustó su portada y su título y me fui con él para casa.

Esas bibliotec
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sasasasasasasasasa
This was a fun little book with some nice bits of subtle depth. I didn't know a lot of the specific books he was referring to, both because I'm not a big fiction reader and he reads a lot of contemporary european stuff, but I could relate to his feelings about books in general. Realized the distinction between his type of bibliophile and mine though, in that he wants to keep it all, whereas while I love to constantly be exposed to new books and new ideas, things have to be uniquely special and i ...more
Mazel
Avez-vous peur de mourir dans votre sommeil, enseveli sous l'écroulement de votre bibliothèque ?

L'accumulation de livres ne met-elle pas en danger l'existence même de votre famille ? Classez-vous les volumes par thème, langue, auteur, date de parution, format ou selon un autre critère de vous seul connu ?

Peut-on faire voisiner sur une étagère deux auteurs irrémédiablement brouillés dans la vie ?

Autant de graves questions se posant à cette espèce en voie de disparition : les bibliomanes, qui,
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Farah Aridi
Jacques Bonnet lives up to his reputation as novelist, translator and a manic bibliophile through his book Phantoms of the Bookshelves. Originally written in French, this book expands the tale of one bibliophile to many others, allowing the readers hearty peeks into their bookshelves, their patterns and habits of collecting, buying and selling, and obtaining books as well as the art of reading them. Reading in this book takes the very act into a different level, the jouissance inherit in reading ...more
Stephen
A mature bibliophile feels no need to write an apologia for a book collection that runs to ten or even twenty thousand volumes. It is what it is and that's that. Monsieur Jacques Bonnett is the adult steward of more than forty thousand books and yet he felt compelled to write an explanation, if not a defense, of how his library grew to that size. He wrote this book for me. He must have assumed that I speak (and read) French better than I do, so he wrote the text in his native language. Sian Reyn ...more
Keith Akers
About halfway through this short book, I wondered to myself -- what, exactly, am I going to say about this book? What is its thesis, what is it trying to say, does it have a message, or anything?

This is a book about books, and the people who collect them, their collections, and what happens to them in the "real world" as a consequence of their attitude towards books. If you have ever felt that you have too many books, but can never summon the courage (or have the time) to reduce it to a managea
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Paul Secor
A celebration of books by a man who has a collection of 40,000 books. Mr. Bonnet writes about his books, other collectors, methods of organizing books, his very interesting theory of how fictional characters are more real than authors, why he can't bring himself to get rid of a book: "It is true that the Essai de grammaire sloven (Essay on Slovenian grammar) by Claude Vicenot is unlikely ever to be of the slightest use to me. But this is a souvenir from several visits to Ljubljana, and I would ...more
Maria
Als erkend boekengek, veellezer en verzamelaar en ook nog van origine bibliothecaris leek me dit een heel leuk boek. Maar helaas viel het me toch tegen. Bonnet wil wel heel graag laten zien hoe belezen hij wel niet is, strooit met wel èrg veel namen en feiten en springt ook nogal van de hak op de tak. Regelmatig kon ik-em echt niet volgen Ook is het erg Frans georiënteerd.

Leuke hoofdstukjes wel over dilemma’s voor ons verzamelaars. Waar laat je je duizenden boeken en vooral via welk systeem ga
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Guillermo Jiménez
Papá vive frente a todos, pero detrás de varias murallas de conocimiento. Es difícil que lo vea conversando animadamente con otras personas. Algo muy raro en realidad. La biblioteca que él se ha construido no solo es física, es también mental.

Convivir con libros me es algo tan natural como que haya muebles o cuartos en una casa. Desde niño he visto como mamá intentó infructuosamente acomodar unos cuantos libros en libreros que muchos años después se arrepiente de haber comprado.

Ahí donde ella im
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