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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much by Allison Hoover Bartlett
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Sep 09, 2009

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Read in November, 2009

An interesting look at someone who truly has a problem that society does not have an answer to address.

As far as the literary elements are concerned I found the anecdotes about other book collectors to be more interesting than Gilkey himself. Also, the "detective work" was not as much in detecting as it was in pieces falling together when Gilkey makes a minor slip-up. (I understand a lot of cases are solved this way.)

Some of the chapters on Gilkey's behavior did seem a little repetitive, but I think they made their point well. The title is a quick read.

The most surprising behavior I found--no matter what side of the law the collectors are on--is that they will collect these wonderful books and not use them. Well, at least not in the way originally intended.


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