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by Christopher Morley

eBook The Haunted Bookshop ePub
Author: Christopher Morley
Language: English
ISBN: 0380626950
ISBN13: 978-0380626953
Publisher: Avon Books (March 1, 1983)
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thriller
Rating: 4.3
Votes: 890
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ePub file: 1385 kb
Fb2 file: 1850 kb

The haunted bookshop. By. Christopher morley. The Haunted Bookshop.

The haunted bookshop. Be pleased to know, most worthy, that this little book is dedicated toyou in affection and respect. If you are ever in Brooklyn, that borough of superb sunsets andmagnificent vistas of husband-propelled baby-carriages, it is to behoped you may chance upon a quiet by-street where there is a veryremarkable bookshop. This bookshop, which does business under the unusual name "Parnassus atHome," is housed in one of the comfortable old brown-stone dwellingswhich have been the joy of several generations of plumbers andcockroaches.

The Haunted Bookshop is a 1919 novel by Christopher Morley, now in the public domain in the United States. This is a suspenseful novel set in Brooklyn around the time of the end of World War I. It continues the story of Roger Mifflin, the book seller in Parnassus on Wheels. It also details an adventure of Miss Titania Chapman and a young advertising man named Aubrey Gilbert.

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Author of more than 100 novels, books of essays and volumes of poetry, Morley is probably best known for his 1939 novel Kitty Foyle, which was made into an Academy Award-winning movie. Another well-known work is Thunder on the Left (1925).

his cook-book a narrow stairway rose on each side, running up to the gallery. Behind these stairs a short flight of steps led to the domestic recesses. Morley is more than a good writer. The visitor found himself ushered into a small room on the left, where a grate of coals glowed under a dingy mantelpiece of yellowish marble. His characters are quirky and interesting, his dialogue is bright and seems reflective of Washington Irving and Mark Twain. He holds an all encompassing knowledge of American literature which would put Van Wyck Brooks to shame, his literary opinions are always interesting and his reading recommendations are a much welcome gift.

Books Should Be Free is now Loyal Books Free Public Domain Audiobooks & eBook Downloads. By: Christopher Morley (1890-1957). Be pleased to know, most worthy, that this little book is dedicated to you in affection and respect. The faults of the composition are plain to you all. I begin merely in the hope of saying something further of the adventures of ROGER MIFFLIN, whose exploits in "Parnassus on Wheels" some of you have been kind enough to applaud.

Mifflin, who hawked books out of the back of his van in Christopher Morley’s beloved Parnassus on Wheels, has finally settled down with his own secondhand bookstore in Brooklyn. There, he and his wife, Helen, are content to live and work together, prescribing literature to those who hardly know how much they need it. When Aubrey Gilbert, a young advertising man, visits the shop, he quickly falls under the spell of Mifflin’s young assistant, Titania

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Helen McGill and Roger Mifflin, married and running the Haunted Bookshop in turn-of-the-century Brooklyn, find their serenity disturbed by romance, theft, espionage, and mysterious intrigue
I have been reading books about books and bookstores lately and I have been a little disappointed. Disappointed until now. I read The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry and The Little Paris Bookshop. I think that the idea of books as medicine and booksellers as responsible for choosing the right book for the right customer started with Christopher Morley in 1919.

The Haunted Bookshop takes place in Brooklyn. Named Parnassus at Home, it is a second hand bookstore owned by Roger Mifflin and his wife Helen and their terrier Bock. The story opens with a visit from young Mr. Aubrey Gilbert, employee of the Grey-Matter Advertising Agency, come to sell Mr. Mifflin on the idea of paying for advertising. This idea is abhorrent to Mr. Mifflin. At the same time, he agrees to help a friend by hiring his daughter Titania to work at the store. Aubrey sees Titania and falls instantly in love. That is the romance. They mystery is the disappearance and reappearance of the book Carlyle's Oliver Cromwell. Mr. Gilbert becomes intrigued and with love clouding his judgement, he is convinced the Mifflin is up to something and that Titania is in danger. He goes to elaborate means to put the bookstore under surveillance, including renting a room in a boarding house across the street. There is some slap-stick comedy mixed in with the mystery and danger. A murder plot is uncovered, the book is recovered, and love prevails.

This is a thoroughly delightful book with bits of humor to boot. Though written in 1919, much of the social and political commentary is still relevant today. I may be wrong, but it seems like the plot and some of the character's traits in The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry borrow heavily from this book. In my opinion, The Haunted Bookshop was better written and the plot was much less transparent. This is what a book about bookstores should be!
One of the most surprising, delightful books I have ever read in my life. If you love books and bookshops and old fashioned romance and adventure and mystery and antiquarian anything, and oh, hot chocolate and poetic commiseration you've simply got to read this book and why, oh why has this book not been translated into film? It is so sparkling it's like champagne; so consoling it's like mulled wine (not that I ever had any, but I imagine that mulled wine could be consoling). And also, there is a heroic dog in it too. Read it on a rainy day, read it with sleet pelting on the bay windows of your brownstone apartment, read it in your public housing unit (I did) and it transported me like a dream. Merchant Ivory should have made this film. Please somebody lyrical, take it up. I want to see it on the silver screen. God bless you Christopher Morley...
This is a book of its time, which is the early 20th century (publ. 1919). There's a little mystery, a little romance, and a lot of books---titles, quotes from, conversation about. If you have read "Parnassus on Wheels." you already know Roger Mifflin and his absolutely firm belief that booksellers rank right up there in importance with teachers, ministers and any other caretakers of civilization. The plot is slender, and the pace is rather like a stroll through Roger's bookstore. Morley's prose is a delight--graceful and evocative (O. Henry comes to mind, except that Morley is a bit less utilitarian and a bit more musical) and often funny. He's especially skilled at choosing the most apt adjectives that both sound good as well as fit into the cadence of his sentences. If you like books about books, books from another time, or good prose, you'll enjoy this.
Mr Roger Mifflin and his wife Helen ran The Haunted Bookshop together – living upstairs above their shop was a delight and a pleasure for them both. Mr Mifflin spent his days wreathed in cigar smoke, enjoying the customers and their pursuits for the next best book. The evenings were extra special as the people who had toiled over a day’s work could relax and browse the many shelves with Mr Mifflin always on hand to help with a suggestion should they need it. His explanation on the name of his bookshop was unexpected, with a little sign at the entrance for all to see.

When a vivacious young woman by the name of Titania Chapman began as Mr Mifflin’s assistant, she was full of excitement – her father had arranged this job for her as he and the proprietor were good friends – her love of books was great, but she hadn’t had much opportunity to read. This would change. And the day a young man by the name of Aubrey Gilbert entered The Haunted Bookshop to sell Mr Mifflin some advertising was the beginning of an adventure which could have had a disastrous ending…

Originally written in 1918 The Haunted Bookshop is an absolute delight. The war and the effects the Germans had on London are mentioned with Mr Mifflin sure the war would not have happened had the Germans read his books, some special titles in particular. The long (and sometimes tedious) discussions were interspersed with a slowly weaving plot which crept up gradually, to gather speed and shock in the conclusion. I very much enjoyed this unexpectedly wonderful book, and have no hesitation in recommending it to all.
I very seldom give a book five stars, but this one deserves it. Although it did put me in a dilemma - on the one hand I wanted to read it quickly to find out what was going to happen, but on the other hand I wanted to read it slowly in order to savour the beautiful language and sly humour. I made a bargain with myself - read it fast, and then read it again. Something else I very seldom do.
It took a few pages for me to get used to the writing style, which is quite unusual. But it is definitely worth the effort, as what unfolds in this story is almost like a fairy-tale, although grounded in solid Brooklyn reality. In fact, it is quite hard to characterise this book - it is written like a fable, but unfolds like a thriller, with a love story tagged on.
Do yourself a favour and read this book!
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