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The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession - Community Reviews back

by Allison Hoover Bartlett
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Forrest Aguirre, in the Leaves
Forrest Aguirre, in the Leaves rated it 7 years ago
As both an undergraduate and graduate student, I had a penchant for spending time in the rare manuscripts rooms at both BYU and University of Wisconsin-Madison. While my studies in African History did require me to spend time there to peruse books for research, I enjoyed taking time to thumb through...
Suzanne Reads
Suzanne Reads rated it 8 years ago
This was a completely accidental find -- I was searching NEIBORS for books by an author with the last name of Hoover, and this came up in the search. My NaNoWriMo novel is about a librarian, and the idea of book thieves totally caught my attention. I'm not a huge reader of nonfiction, but this read ...
madbkwm
madbkwm rated it 8 years ago
In theory I should have loved this book. Bartlett mixes two of my favorite things (a good crime story and a love of books) and it is even a true story! And, I do think that it was a (slightly) interesting read and that Bartlett had three valid points. Unfortunately, Bartlett is a journalist and th...
daisyq
daisyq rated it 8 years ago
I found this only intermittently interesting, mainly in the asides on book collecting and interviews with book traders who do genuinely love books. Ken Sanders, who tracks down the book thief of the title, is also an interesting character and one I felt the author didn't focus on enough.The book's p...
Barrita
Barrita rated it 9 years ago
La premisa es interesante, pero deja de serlo pronto y no hay nada nuevo que vuelva a llamarte la atención. Si bien es agradable leer sobre el amor por los libros, suele desagradarme esa reverencia que tienen algunos hacia la literatura, como si leer te volviera una raza glorificada de ser humano.Ha...
Ciska's Book Chest
Ciska's Book Chest rated it 9 years ago
The authorAllison Hoover Bartlett is the author of the bestselling The Man Who Loved Books Too Much: The True Story of a Thief, a Detective, and a World of Literary Obsession (Riverhead Books, 2009). She has written on a variety of topics, including travel, art, science and education, for the New Yo...
katiewilkins186
katiewilkins186 rated it 10 years ago
I really enjoyed the way The Man Who Loved Books Too Much was written. The author’s style was very conversational and she did a nice job of blending descriptions of her own experience with those of her two “main characters” the book dealer/detective and the thief. I really enjoyed her attempts to ...
JeffreyKeeten
JeffreyKeeten rated it 10 years ago
This book belongs to none but me For there's my name inside to see. To steal this book, if you should try. It's by the throat that you'll hang high. And ravens then will gather 'bo...
susanvoss18
susanvoss18 rated it 10 years ago
The Man Who Loved Books Too Much is an interesting little audiobook (only 5 CDs) that takes the reader into the world of bibliophiles, con men, and bibliomaniacs. Allison Hoover Bartlett, a journalist, has given us a very approachable read on John Gilkey, a con man who stole hundreds of thousands of...
StaceyHH
StaceyHH rated it 10 years ago
So much less about a book thief, than about one journalist's decisions to ignore ethics and honesty for the sake of getting her “interesting story.” The writer deliberately turns a blind eye to Gilkey's thefts, keeps her mouth shut so he won't get busted for thievery, lest she lose her story. She ev...
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