“What a blessing it is to love books, as I love them, to be able to converse with the dead, and to live amidst the unreal.” – Macaulay
Very disappointed that I had to return this book of essays to the library. I can never express how sincerely I loved this collection or how it has changed my life and the way that I think about books. A book has not touched me this much in years!
Fadiman goes beyond being a “Common Reader” and makes the bibliophile in all of us feel like the most amazing group of people in the world. Transcending through the ages by describing the reading habits of Gladstone to Virginia Woolf, Fadiman makes her mark in the niche world of the essayist. Making a perfect addition to the literature of “books about books” for lack of a better term.
Fadiman has so many great thoughts packed into one slim volume, which she shares with us in an astonishingly light and conversational manner. Fadiman is a talented individual who has the most amazing outlook on life and being a bibliophile. This is a book I will continually go back to for inspiration, and I’m excited to add it to my mini-library I am building. Go out and read this book, not only will you cherish it, but you will want to share it with your friends.