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The Haunted Bookshop (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great fun.

Morley brings the bookshop to life with vivid sensory descriptions. The reader, if a frequenter of used book shops, will feel as though he has been here before. Although the plot is a bit contrived the characters play their roles well and the story moves with a sense ...
Morley brings the bookshop to life with vivid sensory descriptions. The reader, if a frequenter of used book shops, will feel as though he has been here before. Although the plot is a bit contrived the characters play their roles well and the story moves with a sense of urgency. I found it completely entertaining and felt as though I was sitting captivated in front of a warm fire as the narrator's tale unfolded.

posted by pooder on December 23, 2008

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Most Helpful Critical Review

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

The Haunted Bookshop

Perhaps one of the earliest literary thrillers, Christopher Morley's 'The Haunted Bookshop' is a sort of ode to books, love and America (yes...America). It's a mystery wrapped in a spy thriller with a small dash of unrequited love and a very large helping of bibliomania...
Perhaps one of the earliest literary thrillers, Christopher Morley's 'The Haunted Bookshop' is a sort of ode to books, love and America (yes...America). It's a mystery wrapped in a spy thriller with a small dash of unrequited love and a very large helping of bibliomania mixed in. The problem lies in the dryness of the story as a whole. Though all of the elements (i.e. thriller, love story, bibliomania, etc.) are interconnected, it feels as though they are not. The mystery itself is really quite bland, even for the time period this was written. The owner of the bookshop, one Roger Mifflin, is a lovable bibliomaniac. The rest of the characters are somewhat dry and uninteresting. Basically, if you fancy yourself a bibliophile, then you will enjoy this novel, if you're just looking for a good story and have no interest in the fever of book frenzy, then you should probably skip 'The Haunted Bookshop'.

posted by Janus on February 1, 2010

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  • Posted December 23, 2008

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    Great fun.

    Morley brings the bookshop to life with vivid sensory descriptions. The reader, if a frequenter of used book shops, will feel as though he has been here before. Although the plot is a bit contrived the characters play their roles well and the story moves with a sense of urgency. I found it completely entertaining and felt as though I was sitting captivated in front of a warm fire as the narrator's tale unfolded.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2009

    Wonderful classic to add to a collection.

    The characters were wonderful. The story continued to move throughout the book. The book also provided a picture of what it was like in America shortly after WWI.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 3, 2009

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    A Book For Book Lovers!

    A rare treat for booksellers or any other bibliomaniac! The tale centers around a German conspiracy that an ad agency rep. stumbles upon after visiting the Haunted Bookshop and falling in love with the new sales girl. Mr. Mifflin is the owner of the bookshop, and conveys the authors love of books throughout the story with his views on literature, war, & life.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2013

    Very good

    According to other reveiws it's a very good read but a bunch of typod, well it's a free book what do you expect? Thx 4 reedin

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Liked very much

    This is the sequel to Parnassus on Wheels. They each stand alone
    as very enjoyable reads. I found I did want a little more information
    or continued story at the end of this book, but loved it all the same.
    I can see why it is on the Essential reading list.

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