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Sesame And Lilies by John Ruskin
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Aug 31, 11

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Read in January, 2001

For me a second hand bookshop isn't a second hand bookshop unless it has at least one copy of ' Sesame and Lilies ' by Ruskin and ' The Cloister and the Hearth ' by Charles Reade. It often makes me wonder whether that is because there were so many unwanted copies bought as presents and then gathering useless dust until quietly slipped into the shop when the present buyer was nowhere around or is it that the books were so popular everyone had a copy and there was a glut that needed release. I for one bought an old second hand copy from 1895 first read presumably in 1895 which I always think adds a wonderful frisson to the whole experience and I enoyed it. Ruskin's style can be heavy going but that, I suppose, is of its time.
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