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3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  833 ratings  ·  170 reviews
A pair of endearingly eccentric bachelors--in their fifties, and fraternal twins--own and operate a bed & breakfast establishment where people like them, the "gentle and bookish and ever so slightly confused," can feel at home. Hector and Virgil think of their B&B as a refuge, a retreat, a haven, where folks may bring their own books or peruse the brothers' own sub ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published August 15th 1997 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1993)
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Leah
I first heard about this book on BookCrossing a couple years ago. I thought it sounded cute and picked up a copy at a library book sale. Finally got around to reading it (one down on Mt. TBR! I'm actually quite proud of myself because I haven't been getting books out of the library lately. Instead I've actually been tackling my home collection).

This book surprised me. I know that I'm not supposed to judge a book by its cover, but I was honestly expecting it to be a lot fluffier than it actually
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Petra
I chuckled through this warm and loving book. The stories told and the people introduced tell of warm, interesting, quirky and human times.
The stories of life in a B&B, written & lived by bachelor twin brothers who have lived their entire lives in their secluded and quirky valley, are well-written and often insightful. And always entertaining.
The idea of a B&B set up as a reading recluse for people often too busy in their lives to quietly sit & read is appealing. Somewhere on Va
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Dianne
Finally, a Canadian book that isn't all darkness and angst and swearing. Ok there are a couple of swear words but overall this is a wonderful book.

Hector and Virgil (who in my mind is the spitting image of the authour) are middle-aged twin brothers who have turned the house they grew up in into a bed and breakfast on Canada's west coast. The brothers are book lovers who see their home as a retreat for readers. Their guests are welcome to use the brothers' well-stocked library or to bring their
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Yvette
I can't begin to tell you how truly special this book is.
Practically like nothing you've read before.
At least it was not like anything I'd ever read.
Not really a novel, more like a series of stories filled with colorful and eccentric characters who flit in and out of the brothers'lives. It is warm, witty, smart, funny, wise, outrageous, charming, intelligent and, well,I could go on and on. Needless to say,I LOVED this book. And also the follow-up BACHELOR BROTHERS'BED & BREAKFAST PILLOW BOOK
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Hillary-kristen
THIS IS A GEM OF A BOOK. It deserves all caps, really it's that good. This is a very COZY book, great for a rainy day or just before bed. It's a sweet, gentle and fun read. I really loved it. Virgil (my favorite) and Hector (love him also!) are twin brothers who operate a small B&B in the house which they were raised in (their mother left to them). They've never lived anywhere else but in their charming house on an island in Canada. And that's they way they like it. Among their many and ever ...more
Darlene Foster
A laugh out loud fun read everyone will enjoy.
Ann
I liked it the first time through. I liked it even better the second time. Gently humor made for radio shows. Put a bunch of the shows together and you get a portrait book of a little slice of life on an island in the great northwest and vignettes from people who stay at the Bed and breakfast. It's a little weird how all the people have the same "writing voice", but it's a pleasant one so that's OK.
Judy
What an amazing thing the mind is! For some reason, this book popped into my mind last night. I read it probably in 1997 or there about. I know I was living in Phoenix & working at the Tempe Public Library. I just remember it as a delightful, quirky book. Think I might read it again. Wonder how many other book titles that I've read are lurking in my 74 year old brain!
Moira Fogarty
Feb 27, 2012 Moira Fogarty rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Erin sopran, Brett Polegato, James Levesque
Shelves: comedy, canadian
'Bachelor Brothers Bed & Breakfast' is a cozy little novel perfect for vacationing, commuting, bathroom reading, or days when you & the weather are crappy; 30 sparkling vignettes told in 152 tidy pages.

Published in 1993, I didn't hear about it myself until I started working at Quest Books in 1995. My Manager, Susan, enthusiastically hand-sold it to almost every customer who walked in the door, like so: "Buy this! It won the Leacock Award for Humour! You'll LOVE it, I promise!"

People wo
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Teresa
A charming, funny book that is very well written. Couldn't put it down. It makes me undeservingly proud to be Canadian; and if this bed & breakfast is a real place on some remote Vancouver island - as it claims to be - then, "Hector, Virgil, one day I am going to find you and book a stay at your place to have one of my new favourite books actually come alive.
Mindy
A true book about two Canadian brothers, twins in their 50s, who decide to turn the home they've always lived in into a bed and breakfast. We read first-hand accounts of certain guests and their lives (from a guest book the brothers keep), and we learn about the brothers' crazy mother and her even crazier conception story. We read about the brothers' amusing memories/experiences with each other, the smut-novel writer/beauty-products lady down the street, the brothers' adoptive kitty and delightf ...more
Ayla
A truly funny and engaging novel about 2 middle aged twin brothers and their special bed and breakfast place catering to those who appreciate the written word. I just loved the stories that the guests left in their quest book as part of the custom instead of just signing it. There were some scenes i laughed hysterically over, such as how the cat was named, and the melting of the caramels. A great book for a bibliophile!
Skylar Burris
This is a book lover's book. It's a series of vignettes about the owners and guests of a Canadian Bed and Breakfast, and the one theme that seems to run through all of the individual little pieces is a love of reading. The stories are replete with literary references and reflections on the value and pleasures of reading, and they are even occasionally interspersed by book lists of recommended reading for various moods and locations. It's a diverting little book that can be enjoyed in small chunk ...more
Sharron
This is a charming, whimsical little tale. A bit on the fluffy side for my tastes but happily for me, it was the perfect follow up to the very dark story (Larson's "In the Garden of Beasts") that I read immediately preceding it. This juxtaposition of reading experiences reminds me how much the order of what we read influences our opinion of a book. So often whether or not you enjoy a book is the result of, or at least affected, by whatever you read beforehand or read simultaneously. All the more ...more
Veronica Lubkin
I really enjoyed this little book. It is beautifully written and reading it makes you feel as if you are visiting this very appealing B&B without the disadvantage of having to share your bathroom!
Barbara
What a fun read! I even got a list of authors to check out from the "lists of ten books" various characters recommended. I don't think I'd want to spend winter parts of Canada after reading this.
Mrsgaskell
I decided to re-read this little gem while vacationing on Vancouver Island.

From my original notes:

This is a delightfully witty book about middle-aged twin brothers who run a bed and breakfast on an island off the coast of B.C. It deservedly won the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour. Sadly, the book is fictional, otherwise my reservation at the B&B would be made, and my books would be packed. These vignettes about the brothers, their gentle guests who come to read, and resident pets, Waffle th
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Donna
Synopsis: Hector and Virgil are unmarried men who run a bed and breakfast on a Canadian island. The book alternates between notes from Hector or Virgil, and "Brief Lives," short stories culled from the B & B's guest book. Since they don't have a TV at the B&B, books and conversations between the guests at the inn play a large role in the story.

An easy, enjoyable read for the holidays. Each guest at the inn had a different reason for being there and a different story to tell.

This would
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Melissa
A delightful bit of fun. I rarely laugh out loud when I'm reading, but several times I was afraid I would wake David up. Not a great work of literature, but a wonderful read!
John
This book is listed not listed as non-fiction but really only because names have been changed by the author. This book is primarily extracts of a guest book and the life observances of the owners of a small B&B. The author frequented this B&B and put this book together with the help of the owners and the comments made in the guest book. The owners, fraternal twin men, are very fond of books and their clientele are likewise. This little book is very pleasant, sometimes funny, and comforti ...more
Samantha
I read this ages ago and just remembered something funny and it reminded me how I loved the story. Going to dig it out for a re read.
Hope
This story promised to be a delight to bibliophiles. It was robbed of some of its charm by some profane remarks and situations.
Maria
A light, sweet book. I want to stay at their B&B and meet the characters in the book. Charming. I will definitely read again.
Doreen Fritz
If you're ready for a light but pleasant read, this one is for you. Humorous but not deep, this is the story (or rather, the collection of journal entries) by and about the proprietors of a small bed and breakfast on a Canadian island. They are twins in their 50's, and their primary passion is books. Their B&B is packed with books and readers. We come to know them slowly via their individual journal entries as well as those contributed by various visitors to their establishment. The feeling ...more
Tatra
Oh, this was such a nice read. Relaxing, but you really get to know the characters. And I want to go here. :D
 Marla
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Shawn
So-so. Mildly entertaining in some spots.
Kind of reads like a book of short stories about the owners and visitors of this bed and breakfast.
Linda Thompson
It's a very sweet novel. I would love to spend a week or so at their B&B!
Susan
Apr 09, 2014 Susan added it
Shelves: delightful
Bookish and fun and quirky and Canadian.
Pam
Funny, easy read about books!
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Bill was born and grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba on a quiet little street. He admits to being a shy kid, a quality that has carried over into his adulthood. With his two brothers and the neighborhood children, Bill would play hide and seek, red rover and tag. They got into the usual sorts of mischief: garden raids and snowball fights.

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