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The Bookman's Tale: A Novel of Obsession (B&N Recommends Edition)

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20 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

Love Between The Sheaves

There is plenty of intrigue, mystery, and a touch of adventure here. Make no mistake this is a love story. More precisely this is a love story bound in the pages of a mystery book. A young college student, Peter Byerly, discovers his life's work in collecting, restoring...
There is plenty of intrigue, mystery, and a touch of adventure here. Make no mistake this is a love story. More precisely this is a love story bound in the pages of a mystery book. A young college student, Peter Byerly, discovers his life's work in collecting, restoring, and selling old books. Peter finds his true passion, his raison d'etre, seated among the books in the college library where he works. Amanda is the girl who completes his soul. The stories of Peter's love for Amanda and his love of books are intertwined around a search for any bibliophile's Holy Grail, a concrete connection between Shakespeare the man and Shakespeare's printed words. This is a novel any book lover can identify with and totally immerse themselves in. Book provided for review by the well read folks at Viking.

posted by Ronrose on May 23, 2013

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

While I liked the book overall, it was curious that the American

While I liked the book overall, it was curious that the American, Peter, spoke British tinged english at times. *** SPOILER ALERT *** Also, it doesn't make sense that he is Philip Garner's heir when it was his wife Amanda who is descended from the Deveraux family. Did a...
While I liked the book overall, it was curious that the American, Peter, spoke British tinged english at times. *** SPOILER ALERT *** Also, it doesn't make sense that he is Philip Garner's heir when it was his wife Amanda who is descended from the Deveraux family. Did anyone else notice this?   

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  • Posted June 4, 2013

    First of all, for the record, I was an English major and I've ta

    First of all, for the record, I was an English major and I've taught Spanish and English literature.  And I'm an avid reader.  HOWEVER, this book lover didn't identify with or totally immerse herself into this often boring and sometimes downright strange novel.  And yes, as another reader mentioned, I found the ending to be totally incomprehensible--concerning who was who's heir!  The pre-publication hype was very misleading for me--I wish I had saved my money for a really good read.  The characters from Shakespeare's time were not really likable, and the modern characters were just "strange."  

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