The Man Who Loved Books Too Much...

November 16, 2010

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much
By: Allison Hoover Bartlett
258 Pages

Gilkey is a man who steals rare books. A career criminal he used fraud to get most of the books, but he never sold them. What drove him to steal such rare books? Ken Sanders, self proclaimed "bibliodick", wants to know. He also wants to know where the books are. This is the story of the book thief and the man who caught him. The author claims Gilkey stole the books because he loved them. Or did he steal them for show?

I was very disappointed with this book. I couldn't wait for my library to get this book in so I could plunge right into it. I started reading this book with such high hopes, and none of them came true. I don't think Gilkey stole the books he stole because he loved them. He wanted to be envied by others and he wanted the status he felt they would give.

The book was very choppy and disorganised in it's re-telling of the events. It took awhile to finally get the ball rolling, but once it did you didn't get much farther. The book would focus on Gilkey for a bit and then switch to Sanders. By the time you went back to one of them you might need to be refreshed as to where you left off.

The Man Who Loved Books Too Much had such potential to be a really good read and I'm disappointed it wasn't. You just bounced around from here to there.

Rating: Return It/ Borrow From The Library


Irena @ This Miss Loves to Read on November 17, 2010 at 12:29 AM said...

Aw, it's too bad you were so excited about the book and it didn't deliver. I hate it when that happens.

Jen on November 17, 2010 at 8:12 AM said...

I know!! Oh well, on to the next book.

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