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304 pages, Paperback
First published March 1, 1997
“Books offered no relief. Failing to act even as a shield, their presence attracted everything from mild curiosity to open hostility.
‘You think you’re going to learn something from a book?’ said the man sitting next to me. ‘Let me tell you a little something, bookworm, you’ll learn more on this goddamned bus than you would in a whole…’ He paused, attempting to recall the name given to such a place. ‘You’ll learn more here than in a whole pyramid full of books. You could fill a racetrack with every piece of shit ever written, but you’ll learn more right here.’
Having never seen a racetrack full of books, I thought it premature to contradict him.”