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Round My Library Fire: A Book about Books

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Hardcover, 243 pages
Published June 1947 by Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd
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Abbey E
Dec 01, 2014 Abbey E rated it liked it
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An interesting combination of "Gossip," biography, and literary criticism, Torry's combination of wit and personal opinions/interactions makes this book a great read, though it can run on. For an example of his writing style- dated, yet charming- look no further than page 10:
"After all, when you come across the word prothalamium and find it means a preliminary nuptial song and a yaffle is a green woodpecker-well, I ask you! You cannot let matters rest there-or can you? Peradventure you will dev
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“A library should fill our leisure with adventure. It is a refuge from the commonplace and the dull, a sanctuary where all the trials, the tribulations, and the boredoms of the outer world are forbidden and where such an evil thing as a tax-collector may be forgotten and, peradventure, forgiven.” 1 likes
“Well, I've always read in bed, in early years by candlelight, succeeded by lamplight, gaslight, and now electric light, and I'll probably be found dead there with some ponderous tome or book of poems on my chest and a seraphic smile of peace and contentment smoothing out all the ugliness of my visage...” 1 likes
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