Today’s post is less of a ramble than you usually get from me because I’ve not really been in the mood to write and I’m too sleep deprived this morning to pull out something coherent from the blogging hat.
Although I haven’t really been reading much, I wanted to share with you some favourite quotes that I’ve discovered whilst reading The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George.
” A bird awoke in his chest, and it cautiously spread its wings, amazed to find that it was still alive. It wanted out. It wanted to burst from his chest, taking his heart with it, and soar up into the sky.”
“Books are more than doctors, of course. Some novels are loving, lifelong companions; some give you a clip around the ear; others are friends who wrap you in warm towels when you’ve got those autumn blues. And some…well, some are pink candy floss that tingles in your brain for three seconds and leaves a blissful voice. Like a short, torrid love affair.”
“Perdu reflected that is was a common misconception that booksellers looked after books. They look after people.”
“Kästner was one reason I called my book barge the Literary Apothecary,” said Perdu. “I wanted to treat feelings that are not recognized as afflictions and are never diagnosed by doctors. All those little feelings and emotions no therapist is interested in, because they are apparently too minor and intangible. The feeling that washes over you when another summer nears its end. Or when you recognize that you haven’t got your whole life left to find out where you belong. Or the slight sense of grief when a friendship doesn’t develop as you thought, and you have to continue your search for a lifelong companion. Or those birthday morning blues. Nostalgia for the air of your childhood. Things like that.”
“Books aren’t eggs, you know. Simply because a book has aged a bit doesn’t mean it’s gone bad.” There was now an edge to Monsieur Perdu’s voice too. “What is wrong with old? Age isn’t a disease. We all grow old, even books. But are you, is anyone, worth less, or less important, because they’ve been around for longer?”
I wouldn’t be surprised that when I actually get to finish the book, there will be more amazing quotes to note down and share. For the moment though, this is it.
If you like books about books, booksellers, and are in the mood for a lighthearted contemporary, then The Little Paris Bookshop is certainly one to check out. I know I love it when I get the chance to pick it up for a few minutes but I’ve currently been thrown to the ground under the weight of YALC books so it will be a while yet before I pick it up again.
Have you read The Little Paris Bookshop?
If so, what are your favourite quotes from the book?
Thanks for reading and have a brazzle dazzle day!