Ma che idea, lasciare la California per un brumoso paesino della campagna gallese! Se non fosse che il paesino è Hay-on-Wye, "la Mecca dei bibliofili", dove c'è una libreria antiquaria ogni quaranta abitanti, e dove si celebra ogni anno uno dei più noti Festival della Letteratura - e se non fosse che il pellegrino è Paul Collins, instancabile e ardimentoso cacciatore di libri perduti e stravaganti. Ingaggiato nel 2000 da Richard Booth, il libraio che nel 1977 si proclamò Re del Principato Autonomo di Hay, Collins si è potuto dedicare per sei mesi alla sua attività preferita: frugare tra cataste di "libri effimeri che fin dall'inizio non erano destinati a durare", e tramandarci le loro storie. Ed ecco le ponderose raccolte di riviste obsolete, le memorie apocrife o anonime, gli autori che scrivono dall'aldilà, e le prime edizioni "grigie e pesanti come tombini". Mentre cerca casa, fantasticando di stabilirsi definitivamente in un grande "pub sconsacrato" del Seicento, il Sixpence House, Collins riesce anche a far domanda per un seggio alla Camera dei Lord (quella "specie di governo mediante copula. Una spermocrazia, se preferite"). Oltre che una incantevole tranche de vie, "Al paese dei libri" è una sorprendente meditazione sul valore dei libri nel tempo - e sulla volubile sbadataggine del passato, "l'unico paese dove è ancora lecito prendersi gioco degli indigeni".
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Why do I read these books? It is like a sickness. Paul Collins says: Are me & my wife the only Americans who don't own or drive cars? (YES PAUL YOU ARE JUST THAT SPECIAL AND DIFFERENT. ALSO YOU ARE THE ONLY AMERICAN NAMED "PAUL." TRUE FACT.) Paul Collins says: 890 square feet would "barely accommoda Leggi tutto
The shortest version I can possibly give you is that Sixpence House is the latest -- and last -- bust in the long line of books I read because Nancy Pearl recommended them with great enthusiasm. I reject her as a competent adviser on what to read next, and vow never again to pick up any book just on Leggi tutto
Sixpence House is ostensibly Collins’ story of attempting to move his family from San Francisco to Hay-on-Wye, a small Welsh village with 1,500 inhabitants and 40 bookstores. Hay-on-Wye is an interesting place, and in the right hands, that story could be enough. Luckily for us, Paul Collins is an in Leggi tutto
Paul Collins and his family moved from San Francisco to Hay-on-Wye, a small Welsh village with 40 antiquarian bookstores. Although Collins was born in the States, his parents were British and he had family in the area. He and his wife were looking for a place in the country to raise their toddler so Leggi tutto
I listed this as one of the landmark books in my life because, as I was getting ready for my year abroad in England in the late summer of 2003, it was one of the books that whetted my appetite for traveling, and particularly for visiting Hay-on-Wye. (We first went in 2004; this past weekend was our
[2.8 stars] Of course, I liked this book! Or at least the idea of it! After all, it is set in the Welsh bookstore town of Hay-on-Wye where Collins, his wife, and young child have moved. Unfortunately, Collins writes with detachment and doesn't really let the reader into his life. He quotes extensive Leggi tutto
This is a book for people who love to read and if they also are enchanted with Wales and wish they could live there, it's even better. Paul Collins is a writer who evidently has been doing quite well because he was able to afford to move with his wife and young son from California to the little Wels Leggi tutto
What a delightful book! Though if you asked me what it's about I'd stumble around looking for the right words because it's a little hard to pigeon-hole. Not only is it a book about books, beloved and forgotten, it's also a peek into a unique location (Hay-on-Wye, where books go to die), a book about Leggi tutto
Paul Collins moved his wife and baby from San Francisco to the small Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. He wanted to give his son the chance to grow up as he had – in the country, free to roam the hills, exploring as any boy would love to do. But Hay-on-Wye is not just a small Welsh village. It is “The Town Leggi tutto
บันทึกกึ่งๆ ชีวประวัติ ของนักเขียนหนุ่มพ่อลูกอ่อน เล่าถึงการตามล่าหาบ้านใหม่ในเฮย์ พร้อมๆ กับกล่าวถึงหนังสือเล่มนู้นนี่นั่น ซึ่งเกือบ 90% นี่ไม่รู้จัก มีความจิกกัดสังคม ซึ่งบางอย่างมันก็แลดูเป็น 'มุก' เฉพาะสังคมในอเมริกัน/อังกฤษ ที่เราเข้าใจได้ไม่ทั้งหมด (ถึงแม้จะมีเชิงอรรถเกือบทุกสองหน้าก็เถอะ) Leggi tutto
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