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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
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Published 2009 by Droemer Knaur (first published 2008)
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Sep 18, 2015 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Depois do prazer de possuir livros, não há outro que seja mais doce do que falar sobre eles."
Charles Nodier

Estão num quarto que se foi transformando em biblioteca; num outro onde durmo um pouco; na sala onde vivo; e até já invadiram a cozinha e a casa de banho. E muitos em casa alheia...
Em estantes; em mesas; em armários; em prateleiras...ainda não nos roupeiros, nem nas gavetas.
São cerca de dois milhares e meio que todos os dias clamam por mais e mais...
Vivem livres, desorganizados; apenas, ma
Antes de mais quero agradecer à minha mãe e a uma bibliotecária da biblioteca municipal de Torres Vedras por me terem dado coragem para trazer este livro (Ando a ler o Eldest e outro livro ao mesmo tempo, então tentei resistir ao encanto de trazer este).
Eu deparei-me com este livro "por mero acaso", o seu título chamou-me desde logo à atenção, como quem não quer a coisa aproximei-me e fui vê-lo.
A minha mãe leu a sinopse e disse que era a minha cara.
É mesmo a minha cara e a de qualquer apaixonado
2,5 estrelas, arredondadas para cima porque é um livro sobre... livros.

No princípio até estava a gostar, mas depois comecei a aborrecer-me com tantas referências, maioritariamente relativas a escritores franceses e completas com o nome do(a) tradutor(a) francês, editora (francesa) e ano de publicação.

Embora haja algumas notas úteis do tradutor, faltam outras tantas, pelo menos para quem não saiba francês.

Para o fim pareceram-me até despropositadas algumas "anedotas" relativas a bibliotecas ou ao
Apr 13, 2014 Carla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Arun Divakar
A habit I have picked up of late is to read books about books and also about people who love books. It is like finding a group of people with whom you can feel utterly at home. The language these authors speak and the ideas they have about books are ones with which I could find similar wavelengths . For want of a better word, I would call this book porn ! Fantasizing about all the books you could read and also basking in the eloquence of authors who could speak the language of the books in the m ...more
So so. Its main benefit is giving me reinforcement to smile benignly at those who question my sanity when they see the bookshelves (more arriving next week; the benefit and 'cost ' of volunteering at the friends of the library where books are almost free). Bonnet has 40,000, so I'm a lightweight.
Jan 02, 2014 Tosh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Jun 17, 2011 Marleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 27, 2013 Caren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
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
I am so buying myself my own copy of this book. As a self confessed bibliophile and avid reader, I recognise my own joys, choices and dilemmas in every page from the constant issue of where to store one's books (went with the buy a house solution) to how to categorise and shelve them and the ever present questions from all those who just don't understand the power the printed page holds over us. Bonnet even manages to capture the thought and reasoning behind the need to keep hold of books, regar ...more
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
Keith Akers
Aug 09, 2013 Keith Akers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Aug 06, 2011 Iris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 08, 2014 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
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…
Feb 18, 2014 Siria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, litcrit
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.
Sep 28, 2012 Eoin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, essay
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.
Mar 19, 2015 Víctor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I love books about books and very little persuasion was needed for me to read this other than to find it in a bookshop. As a bit of a collector myself, it's always great to read about other people's shelves, ways of organising, bookish stories, ways of reading. This book really is, as Jerome Garcin wrote in his review, "a promise of happiness". There was one thing however it would have benefited greatly from, if only it was absent - James Salter's introduction. Not only does he offer no insight ...more
Matt Simmons
Mar 10, 2015 Matt Simmons rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 10, 2014 Pat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2016 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find that, as Bonnet, there are a myriad of factors when it comes to arranging the titles in one's own library, a task in my own library where I have often been moved to immobility, holding the volume up and pondering for lengths of time that could well be spent reading said book. Yet this process is part of the joy of possessing books, to feel the physical weight and to try to understand where this book fits in with the rest of your books, your friends. I often play a leap frog game from one ...more
Cada vez gosto mais de ler sobre livros. Várias têm sido as leituras deste género ultimamente, e quando me cruzei com referências a este ensaio soube que, mais tarde ou mais cedo teria de o ler. Graças às BLX, acabou por ser bem cedo.

Este livro aborda essencialmente o tema da bibliofilia e de todas as consequências que esta traz. Encontra-se dividido em capítulos que abordam temas como as bibliomanias, a arrumação de livros, práticas de leitura ou a forma como o leitor sabe mais sobre as pessoas
Paul Cool
Feb 13, 2016 Paul Cool rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Most books on the "gentle madness" of out of control book collecting seem to focus on people not like you or me, that is, on multi-millionaires who seek the largest book collections or to corral every last Shakespeare folio, on book thieves who manage to steal thousands of titles under librarian and archivist noses, people who collect to collect. This slender but enjoyable book was written by one who managed to collect 40,000 titles over 4 decades (to tell the truth, I was forced to cut back whe ...more
Nov 14, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This small book is lovely - I felt like I had found a kindred spirit.

One of my favorite quotes: "How did these books get into my library? By a combination of chance, systematic curiosity, and impulses generated by conversations or reading."

And this: "My memory works best at being able to find quickly the book the information is in, rather than by loading itself with facts, dates and quotations which are sitting on my bookshelves."

And especially this: "Even when the book really has been read a
Nov 03, 2014 Natira rated it liked it
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
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
May 15, 2012 Emmi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 :).
Nov 24, 2016 Monica&spikey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great book about books. Many things in this book should end up embroidered on pillows in my home.

-As for the saying "a book lent is a book lost", the solution is very simple: never lend a book, always give it away.'--pg 112
Jduarte Da silva pereira
Para todos o os bibliófilos, bibliómanos, biblioincendiários e demais bilios.
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