The Haunted Bookshop (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

The Haunted Bookshop (Barnes & Noble Digital Library)

by Christopher Morley, James Hynes
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The Haunted Bookshop (Barnes & Noble Digital Library) by Christopher Morley

This edition includes a modern introduction and a list of suggested further reading.


Part love story, part thriller, part booklover’s fantasy—and entirely charming—Christopher Morley’s The Haunted Bookshop has something for every reader. Set in a lovingly evoked Brooklyn just after the end of World War I, the story cleverly juxtaposes a pair of middle-aged bookshop owners and two young lovers with a nest of German saboteurs, complete with mysterious clues, red herrings, blushing romance, derring-do, a desperate race to the rescue, and an explosion.  More important, the novel is an eloquent hymn to the bookseller’s trade and a fervent plea for the revivifying and redemptive power of literature. The unifying thread of this book, and indeed of the life and work of its author, is its passionate avowal that all the world and everybody in it needs is a good book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781411468238
Publisher: Barnes & Noble
Publication date: 03/13/2012
Series: Barnes & Noble Digital Library
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 583 KB
Age Range: 3 Months to 18 Years

About the Author

Just as his best-remembered novel is idiosyncratic and hard to categorize, so is its author, Christopher Morley. A jack-of-all-trades literary gentleman, Morley published twelve novels, fourteen collections of poetry, sixteen volumes of essays, a number of plays, and countless reviews. His literary career stretched from 1912, when he published his first volume of poetry, until 1955, two years before his death, when he published his last.

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The Haunted Bookshop (Barnes & Noble Library of Essential Reading) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Janus More than 1 year ago
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'.
pooder More than 1 year ago
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.
karenk1 More than 1 year ago
This is a book i would like to read but this version is too difficult to read because of all the typos. I reserved it at my local library. Seems like there should be a better way to transfer a book to nook correctly with all the technology at our fingertips.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Rioghan_Celt More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not enjoy this book because the publishers seem to have hired illiterate blind foreign monkeys to transcribe it from the original text into ebook form. It was just ridiculous bad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a bookseller i enjoyed this book! Some things seem not to have changed . I laughed out loud!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this ebook because the reviews were positive, but there are too many typos and it makes it hard to read.
Shelly907 More than 1 year ago
It is a well written, and intriguing book. Could not put it down. A must read for any book lover.
Faith317 More than 1 year ago
This version of the book has so many typos that it is very difficult to read. Sounds like it may be an interesting story, so I will download a different version.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Entertaining and enjoyable read.
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Ok read. The spelling was bad. The author had jumbled up spots in the book. You were not sure who was talking to whom. Overall had ok story line. Not what I thought it would be in haunted
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sage07 More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I have ever read
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