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The Best-Read Man in France: A Cautionary Tale, Revised Edition

Peter Briscoe

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ISBN 10: 1434436993 / ISBN 13: 9781434436993
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128 pages. Dimensions: 9.0in. x 6.0in. x 0.3in.Michael Ashe, an antiquarian bookseller in Los Angeles, suddenly finds his business in decline. Even librarians have turned their backs on books, while pouring money into electronic resources. But Ashe refuses to admit defeat: he continues the hunt for rare tomes in Mexico City and Paris, while struggling with his loneliness and searching for a woman to love. Then he learns the startling story of the best-read man in France. This epiphany leads him into a public battle to save the life of the book itself. This cautionary tale about the demise of the printed book, the decline of reading, and the conflict of print and digital culture, represents a progress report on our drift toward the chilling world of Ray Bradburys Fahrenheit 451. Read it while you still canbefore more books are disappeared! Revised edition. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781434436993

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Title: The Best-Read Man in France: A Cautionary ...

Publisher: Borgo Press

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

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Michael Ashe, an antiquarian bookseller in Los Angeles, suddenly finds his business in decline. Even librarians have turned their backs on books, while pouring money into electronic resources. But Ashe refuses to admit defeat: he continues the hunt for rare tomes in Mexico City and Paris, while struggling with his loneliness and searching for a woman to love. Then he learns the startling story of “the best-read man in France.” This epiphany leads him into a public battle to save the life of the book itself. This cautionary tale about the demise of the printed book, the decline of reading, and the conflict of print and digital culture, represents a progress report on our drift toward the chilling world of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Read it while you still can—before more books are “disappeared!” Revised edition.

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Library 21's Best Book Selection for 2011. Peter Briscoe has elevated...21st-century librarianship to daring literary heights in this scintillating gem of novelistic insight....Mr. Briscoe's work is refreshing, intellectually exuberant, and engaging. -- Libraries 21 for the Cultivated Librarian

It is a breezy read for a summer afternoon, and for those of us in the trade--librarians, booksellers, collectors--you may well recognize yourself here, and smile. -- Fine Books & Collections

A provocative novella that does not shrink from addressing difficult issues about the fate of books in the digital age. -- College & Research Libraries, November 2007

A tale steeped in the Parisian book scene and a love story to boot. -- Western European Subject Specialists Newsletter, Fall 2007

Not to be missed. A new novel that celebrates Latin American booksellers and bibliographers. -- SALALM Newsletter, June 2007

Brings to mind the kind of bookish games Borges and his fellow Latin American writers are fond of playing--and Briscoe’s witty, sly tribute here is to Latin American booksellers and bibliographers. -- Deccan Herald (India)

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