Nick's Reviews > A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books

A Gentle Madness by Nicholas A. Basbanes
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May 11, 2010

really liked it
Read in May, 2010

An interesting read, if you're passionate about books. For anyone else, too much information. The book has no discernible structure; it just meanders through the world of book collecting, telling wonderful stories of the crazed, the insane, and the way too rich -- all of whom apparently have craved the odd First Folio or Gutenberg Bible. The stories make the book; just don't expect any narrative direction. This is a collection of anecdotes arranged thematically, the result of indefatigable research and amazing learning.

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