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The Error World by Simon Garfield
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Nov 08, 2008

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bookshelves: history, memoirs, stamp-collecting
Read in November, 2008

I tended to zone out slightly when Garfield hunkered down into the finer details of the history of postage stamps and stamp collecting, but when he's discussing his personal investment in the hobby, starting in childhood and then picking it up again decades later, it's great stuff. Actually, he does make some of the details compelling, when he's talking about his special subgenre of collecting: stamps with printing errors. And ALL the information is presented in a very reader-friendly way.

But I still would have liked to hear a bit more about the impact of resuming his (very expensive) hobby in midlife on his marriage--he's very strong on the youthful passages, and the family history, but when the story approaches the present day, the personal drama just felt more tantalizing than fulfilled, if that makes sense.

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