Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A Good Find, A Provocative Title

One of my favourite sources of buyable books is the library. At the local branch today, I found a copy of The Professor and The Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary for $1.00 (Cdn).

It's in excellent condition since it was read, obviously, by someone who is careful enough to avoid creasing the binding. That people can do this has always perplexed me. I mean, doesn't the process of losing yourself in a book mean that you must throw yourself into the relationship, come what may?

Author: Simon Winchester
Genre: History
Publisher: English Harper Collins Canada (2005)
Format: Softcover, 242 pp
ISBN: 0060839783

1 comment:

  1. I love that book — it's a fantastic story!

    I think you can throw yourself into a book and both still come out looking good. I used to be anal about protecting my books, but I got over that years ago. These days I drop books, spill things on them, etc, and, maybe offset by some of those old habits (how I physically hold a book), they still come out looking OK — better than many in second-hand shops.