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Meet 'Bob the Book,' a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe. But an unlikely customer separates the young lovers. As Bob wends his way through used book bins, paper bags, knapsacks, and lecture halls, hoping to be reunited with Moishe, he meets a variety of characters, both book and human, including Angela, aMeet 'Bob the Book,' a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe. But an unlikely customer separates the young lovers. As Bob wends his way through used book bins, paper bags, knapsacks, and lecture halls, hoping to be reunited with Moishe, he meets a variety of characters, both book and human, including Angela, a widowed copy of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, and two other separated lovers, Neil and Jerry, near victims of a book burning. Among their owners are Alfred and Duane, whose on-again, off-again relationship unites and separates our book friends. Will Bob find Moishe? Will Jerry and Neil be reunited? Will Alfred and Duane make it work? Read 'Bob the Book' to find all the answers...

Title : Bob the Book
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ISBN : 11417531
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Number of Pages : 490 Pages
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Bob the Book Reviews

  • Nick Pageant
    2019-02-12 16:48

    So this book is about the life of... a book. A gay book who falls in love with another gay book and then is separated from his love. This book hit me very hard and I have so much respect for David Pratt for being able to explore so much about the human condition in a relatively short read. This book starts off as what seems to be a trifle and then becomes a philosophical journey. I loved every word.

  • Vio
    2019-02-10 16:35

    What a weird and wonderful story. I don't think I've ever laughed so much and shed a few tears along the way, this was not your typical romance, be prepared for a ride, a fabulous adventure as we follow Bob the book and his other bookie friends trying to find acceptance, love and finally a home to rest. Its funny and sweet and I wanted their dreams to come true, be happy and cherished. I was captivated by this and anyone who has a love of books will be delighted to read this!

  • Enny
    2019-02-17 16:45

    Bob the Book is a fantastic read! It says a lot of very beautiful and insightful things about books and relationships. The books characters were so funny and cute. I was really rooting for them to get together. I started my love affair with books when I was a little kid and it's a love that has never waned. Highly recommended for everyone who loves books!

  • Mary
    2019-02-13 11:02

    How do you feel about the books you read? Do you treat them with care? Read them and then forget about them-the emotions they evoked in you as you lost yourself in the world and characters within their pages. Do you keep them with you? Cherishing them and recalling passages or quotes you found memorable?This book jumped out at me at first glance; and not even stopping to think why, I headed over to amazon and bought it. It turned out to be a great choice. It is a delightful and refreshing novel, told in the POV of Bob the book. It chronicles his journey from stores, to discount bins, to people's shelves. He meets other books and people; he meets book lovers and disdainful readers. He makes friends and also falls in love-yet he knows that they might lose each other along the way. Like all of the others; he wishes to be read, to be cared for and appreciated. Bob wants to have a place where he can be more than just an accessory on a shelf, but he also wants his Moishe-who was lost to him-and Bob's hope is to find him so they can be together.This story is endearing and bittersweet, it made me laugh and truly sad at times as I read about Bob's friends' pasts-b/c each of them has a story to tell, something they lived through that's marked them in their own individual journeys. I felt for them, rooting and wishing that they all had their happy ending. I'm the type of person that finds it hard to get rid of the books I own-even if I didn't enjoy them-so this book hit on my exact feelings for the ones in my collection. No matter the genre, my books are important to me and so this wonderful book will find its space in my shelves.

  • Mandy
    2019-02-16 15:54

    I thought long and hard on how to give this book the review it deserves. I will start with, first off I wouldn't have given this book a second glance if it was not for my GR friend's Marco, Mish.This was a deeply moving story of love, life and acceptance. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination. This book was a eye opener, let's all stop and look at the way we are living our life how we treat one another.

  • Kassa
    2019-02-14 11:39

    Bob the Book is simply wonderful. I’m definitely buying a paperback version of this book and cherishing it (whatever it’s name and maybe it’ll find love on my shelves). The book plays on familiar grounds but in inventively new and fresh ways. There are a few moments of overt preaching though. I didn’t mind this too much since the book is simply delightful and entertaining, which makes up for the obvious hammering home of how difficult life can be for those different. While readers may not appreciate the lecturing, the story more than makes up for those few moments with touching lessons, heart felt sentiment, and an adorable love story for books of all kinds and sexualities.The book is a twist on popular children’s book formats in that it humanizes inanimate objects. In this base, books. Here the books are like humans with worries, cares, hopes, dreams, heart ache, pain, shame, fear, pride, longing, and love. They experience a range of emotions often dictated by the whims of their owners, some who love books and others who don’t. The main narrator is a book named Bob. Bob’s title is Private Pleasures: Myth and Representation in Male Photo Sets and Pornography from the Pre-Stonewall Era to 1979. Bob starts out the novel sitting in a used bookstore primarily among gay titles. He meets Moishe, a book on bisexual Judiasm. Bob and Moishe are in love but are bought by different owners. Thus setting off a journey where Bob encounters new friends, potential new lovers, and even helps a couple of humans find love.The main characters are all books and express their personality as vibrantly and memorably as if they were human. The movie that kept springing to mind is the Disney movie Antz, where I can’t ever think of stepping on an ant after they’ve been given such adorable neuroses. Likewise I worry that my books on the shelf aren’t living happy lives but if they’re anything like the characters in Bob, then it’s not so bad. Bob shares narrating duties with a cast of eccentric and wonderfully engaging books. There is Angela, a Jane Austin book whose husband drowned in an apartment flood. Neil, who thinks his lover Jerry died in a homophobic book burning in Alabama. Jerry, who actually survived the fire but thinks he’ll never see Neil again. Luke, a book by the same author as Bob but with much more pornographic pictures which leaves Bob jealous and Luke bitter. There are even a few humans thrown in as book owners along the way, notably Alfred and Ron.Although there is a human component the real stars are without question the books. They discuss their fears, hopes, dreams, pain, and love. Similar to a children’s book the novel definitely has a moral or two mixed into the plot. These are seen mostly through Jerry’s counseling as he tries to get books to understand the plight of other books that may not seem as popular or as easy to like. The plot constantly uses the books as metaphors, especially gay books (books that like books of the same gender!) as they speak about how life isn’t as easy for them. All books worry about their subject matter, their covers, hard back or soft, classic or academic. These concerns are of course easily transferred to the same issues plaguing the human readers/owners.Some of these lessons are a bit obvious and in your face. This feels like preaching to the choir since no doubt those reading this book are already converted but the messages are short lived and often accompanied by a sweet, touching moment between the books which helps takes the sting out of the lecture. Also due to the format I expected a couple “moral of the story” moments so I’m not too bothered by these overt passages. They’re minor blips in an otherwise excellent story. The writing is often sly, humorous, incredibly witty, and keeps a good solid pace. There are literary references littered all over the pages but in ways that invite the reader to laugh and join in on the fun. The classic books tend to be uptight and snobby but they are after all beloved books while the self-helpers can be so optimistic even other books can’t stand them sometimes.The tone is sweet, witty, and charming. The light hand with the prose keeps even the sometimes darker moments from being overwhelming but they still make a memorable impact. The lessons offered are lovely and well worth knowing, but do feel fresh coming from a worried and lonely book. There are too many passages to quote but here is just one that stands out.How could one go on like that, enjoying romance but ready for it to end? If only someone or something had prepared him for all this. But no one had, nor had any book around him been terribly helpful. The Lukes were mean and competitive, and the nongay books, except maybe Angela, didn’t care. They never thought about gay book issues, no matter how “tolerant” they were. Angela had good, straightforward advice about life, but even she was a “normal” book who’d had a normal marriage to another normal book. She could encourage and advise Bob, but from a distance. Was there no other book who, from long experience, could tell him what was going on and what he should do? What he could hope and not hope for?I will warn readers that there is a bit of book infidelity in the story. I know not everyone likes that but you have to understand the precarious nature of life for these books. I’m sure you’ll find them just as charming and engaging as I did.

  • Edina Rose
    2019-02-05 11:47

    Very, very funny book, a kind of parody of life played by book characters. You've got the fascist, the romantic, the knight, the inspirational one, the pretty face, the "pornoman" (thanks for the word, Damon Suede), the regency heroine, the business man, the fashion girl, the scholar, the intellectual, the boring one, the self-righteous Christian and many more. As they are bought, sold, offered and discarded, they meet, interact, fight, help each other, fall in love etc. You see them get happy, sad, thoughtful, manipulative, wiser, depressed etc. It was wonderful. A bit like a Toy Story for books lovers. Bob and his close friends looked for love and they all found it in the end, though not always with the person they originally hoped for. The story of Bob and his friends is intertwined with stories about their various human owners. The romantic in me loved reading about their final owners, two human roommates-fuck buddies who both looked for love everywhere but at home until it was nearly too late. It was sweeeeet!The moral of the book? "You have to take love where you find it". PS: My fav thing in the book: Books could talk to human beings and influence them into buying them. The thing they say to us! I know from now on I'll sometimes wonder...

  • Chris
    2019-02-14 10:44

    Excellent story about a gay book named Bob, as he travels from bookstore to armchair and beyond. It's also a story about love found and lost, about discrimination and acceptance, about learning and growing... basically about life. Highly recommended.

  • Kazza
    2019-02-16 10:50

    Bob the Book is an absolutely beautiful...well...book. Review at :

  • Libby
    2019-02-05 08:57

    Fun and funny book for Bibliophiles.

  • Alan
    2019-01-26 11:01

    Bob is a book about pre-nineties gay porn, complete with many hot pictures. He is delivered to a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he goes on sale beside another book, Moishe, whose title is Beneath the Tallis: The Hidden Lives of Gay and Bisexual Orthodox Jewish Men. Bob and Moishe fall in love, but are separated by an unlikely buyer. As Bob journeys through sales tables, used book bins, different owners, and lecture halls, he meets a variety of other books and people, but he’s always hunting for Moishe. Bob finds himself in a peculiar position; both he and his owner are searching for love. Both seem to find something, but it’s not ideal for either of them. Can Bob, being at the mercy of people, somehow find fulfillment? Can his owner find the same contentment? All I can say is, it’s not easy being a book in love. This is one of the most delightful stores I’ve read all year, and the fact that it is a debut novel only adds to the pleasure. On the surface it seems like a whimsical love story, both for Bob and his human owner, as well as several other book couples. But under that simplicity, there are some important life lessons to be examined. There is much Zen-like wisdom woven into this enchanting tale, lessons on taking one’s self too seriously, and of striving for things that are not important, just to name a few.The pace and tone never drags. This story carries the reader along with many funny twists regarding the literature industry. Of course it’s not at all believable, but it is an extremely well constructed love story, both for the books and human characters. What amazed me most was in the examining these books’ personalities. By giving them human characteristics, the reader clearly sees where humans spin their wheels dealing with unimportant life issues. Readers who are familiar with the publishing industry will especially appreciate this novel, but all readers can enjoy this wonderfully smart and touching book. Because the main characters are books, it transcends every boundary of gender and sexual orientation, making it an entertaining read for men and women, boys and girls, gay and straight. That’s its genius.

  • Lil' Grogan
    2019-02-07 15:05

    I loved this charming and hilarious adventure following Bob and his friends as they and their owners look for love. I laughed self-consciously through the commentary on readers, I cheered and gasped along with the books à la Toy Story, and I got that warm, squishy feeling when books fell in love. Seriously? And, in one instance, this story got a rare reaction from me - horrified laughter. I think the laughter won. XD I love my books, I hope they forgive me, and I would NEVER crack a spine.

  • The Novel Approach Reviews
    2019-01-26 16:44

    Reading David Pratt’s Bob the Book on my Kindle felt a bit like sacrilege. There was just something that felt wrong about reading a book about books–of the paper and ink variety, that is–on an electronic reader, something that made me want to go gather all my print books to my bosom and hug them for all their wonder and the things that make them what Stephen King calls uniquely portable magic–the smell of the paper and ink, and the tactile pleasure of which our newfangled pixels and e-ink technology is bereft.Bob the Book is constructed of one of the most original premises I’ve ever come across in adult fiction, LGBT or otherwise. Bob, as you’ve already surmised from his rather forthcoming title, is a book. But, Bob isn’t just any book. Bob is a gay book who falls in love with Moishe, another gay book. How do books fall in love, you may wonder? You need only read Mr. Pratt’s perfectly plausible–work with me, here–and utterly romantic novel to discover how. If you’ve ever before doubted that our literary friends, whose words give us hours of pleasure, have a heart and soul, prepare for your perspective to undertake a major shift after spending time with Bob and all the other books he introduces us to on his jouney from store shelf to used book market to all the stops he makes along the way to finding a permanent home. All you need do is believe.The burden of being a book is evident in this delightful and most heartfelt tale. Not only must books engage and entertain us, educate and inform us, but they then must live up to our scrutiny, our prejudice, bow to our every whim. We are the masters and mistresses of every book’s destiny, and we are the harshest determiners of their Fates. David Pratt has anthropomorphized our beloved tomes, gifted them with the ability to communicate with each other, to feel an entire range of human emotions, and infused them with some of the best and worst of human behaviors–jealousy, bitterness, pomposity, prejudice. But, he has also offered them the ability to love and to be loved in return, and this is what thoroughly charms the reader through each and every one of Bob’s pages.Lest you think this is a story only about books, however, allow me to correct that misperception. Bob the Book also introduces a host of human characters to the plot, some of whom play prominently as parallel victims of love’s capricious nature, and to the struggles, trials and tribulations of finding that special someone with whom to share a life. Friends and roommates, Alfred and Ron, were prominent in my affection as I wished for them to find happiness. Owen, the man who has been looking for love in all the wrong places and in all the wrong ways, gives the book a frightening moment and a reason to empathize with his “down with love” attitude.It is the books, though, all of them, that orchestrate this story, from Bob to Moishe to Neil–who stole my heart–to Jerry, Luke, and Angela, these books do exactly what we expect a book to do: engage and entertain, educate and inform. Whether it be a book that chronicles the history and social impact of gay pornography, a scholalrly text on religion and homosexuality, a book of love poems, or a classic bit of literature, every book deserves respect because every book means something to someone, even if that someone is another book. Bob the Book is a celebration of the one thing we all have in common, regardless of race, religion, gender or sexuality–we all love our books, and I can’t recommend this one highly enough.

  • Elisa Rolle
    2019-02-04 09:44

    I cannot find enough good words to praise this book, it’s most likely one of the best book I read this year, one of the most sweet, romantic and well plotted book, with not one, not two, not three, not five, but six happily ever after! Bob the Book is the story of a gay non fiction book on vintage pornography. He is an interesting book, with nice pictures, but truth be told he is not selling as good as the more glossy photobooks on some male p**nstar or the various calendars. But Bob has a nice character, he is a bit haughty at first, but then, weeks after weeks on the shelf of a gay bookstore, he starts to understand how things are going and above all, he falls in love with Moishe, another non fiction book on Orthodox Jewish gay men. It’s very unlikely that they will be sold together, but in the meantime they are enjoying their romance. When Moishe is bought by a straight woman researching for her own thesis, and Bob by a book lover, the torture of separation is almost unbearable, but Bob’s positive attitude will help him to find the good side of the event. From this moment on Bob’s adventures in the outside world start: he is first bought by a book lover who cherishes him but he has to sell his loved books to pay for his life-saving medicines; on a second hand book market, Bob will meet Angela, a paperback version of Mansfield Park, and Neil, a skinny book on gay poems. Both Angela than Neil lost their lovers, Angela to a flood in which her husband drowned, and Neil to an homophobic fire. In his adventures Bob and Neil will meet different characters, both human than books: the gay man who doesn’t believe in romance but only since he has never been able to find it, the buddy friends who aren’t able to admit they are in love with each other, the young gay man who doesn’t want to admit he is in love probably fearing to be hurt; among the books they will meet classics and paperbacks, the how to do manual and the playwright. From all of them we will learn something, above all to respect the books, any type of books, even those apparently less important, even on those books you can find something worthy to be read. This novel is funny, sweet and romantic. I was captivated both by the book than the human characters, it’s impossible for me to distinct the feelings, for all of them I wanted an happily ever after and the authors gave to almost all of them once. It’s clear the author is a booklover as well, since he made me really thinking to my own books, if I’m treating them well, since they have a souls and you need to respect them. But with me the books are safe, I’m not only a bookaholic, I’m also very jealous of them, and more they are old more I love them. I rescued an encyclopedia (yes an encyclopedia, more than 40 volume) from a second hand market only since it was more than 50 years old: it was in English and the market was in Italy, no one would have bought it. I picked up three books from a street trash can since they were old: a scientific schoolbook (and I hate science), a prayer book (and I’m atheist) and a oscure novel, but they were almost 100 years old and I couldn’t bare the idea of them going through the shredder. I fell in love for a series of books on historical families (like Stuart, Hohenzollern, Hohenstaufen, Medici…), they were 33 volumes printed around the ’50 and ’60; the publisher closed down in the ’70, the books are almost impossible to find; I was able to find 31 volumes, and I’m still searching for the missing 2. After reading this book, I’m glad to think that maybe I’m helping some books to find a peaceful resting place in my bookshelves, and maybe some romance are blossoming right now.http://www.amazon.com/dp/0984470719/?...

  • Chance Lee
    2019-02-10 13:47

    This is a very unique book two big levels. 1. It's an intelligent gay romance. 2. The majority of its characters are books. They've not walking, talking, blinking books with big googly eyes, as the cover might lead you to believe, they're just... books. Yes, they talk to each other, but they don't have to move anything in order to do so. Their communication is more like telepathy than anything.Describing Bob the Book this way makes it sound sci-fi, but it's not. It's just about trying to find love, whether you're a book or a human. Bob is a gay book. He's a book on vintage erotica, and he's in love with a nice book about gay Judaica. However, being books, their mobility is dependent on others. Two different people buy Bob and his love, Moishe, and they are separated. Will they be reunited? Will they find love elsewhere? Will they discover that they each have different ideas of love?The humans in the book, who are less developed than the book characters, also face many of the same dilemmas. But the books are always there to observe and offer interesting commentary on dating, hooking up, and other aspects of gay culture in general. This is a romance, yes, but it's not a starry-eyed idealized one. It's realistic. (Its attempts to be gritty sometimes fall flat) The road to love is filled with many different obstacles. The book raises a lot of interesting questions. How do you find love (as a gay, for example) when so much of "love" is rooted in tradition, yet so much of your lifestyle is on the fringes? How much of love is out of control? How much do we leave up to fate?

  • Jess Candela
    2019-02-11 15:35

    It was a really good book, one I very much enjoyed reading. Obviously I'm a bibliophile, and it was fun to read a book from the perspective of a book. And I liked the premise of moving on and making happiness for yourself wherever you land. So, overall, a good experience but I'm very glad I didn't have to pay $10 for it. Though I wonder if paying $10 would have made me like it more, as psychology studies have found cognitive dissonance effects such as people rationalizing themselves into preferring things they've paid more for (such as $10 for a short book), and placing greater value on purchased items that can't be returned. Both of which would be true if I'd paid $10 for this rather than borrowing it, and factors that might contribute to the higher reviews from people who have paid $10 for it.But if I keep thinking along those lines I'm going to want to set up an experiment to test that hypothesis. So I'll shut up now! :)

  • Stephen Poltz
    2019-02-04 09:48

    In “A Glossary of Literary Terms”, M. H. Abrams defines the beast fable as a short story or poem where animals talk. It is a form of allegorical writing where human behaviors and weaknesses are scrutinized by reflection into the animal kingdom. So what do you call a book about a book that talks to other books? A book fable. You see, Bob is a gay book, i.e. a book that is attracted to other books of the same gender. He falls in love with Moishe, but a calamity separates them. Through purchases and resellings, he begins a search to find Moishe. On his way he meets Angela, a widowed book, and Neil, a gay book that survived a book burning in Alabama. Together they reflect on life, relationships, and discrimination through their adventures as they pass from owner to owner. Sometimes, they can even talk to humans. Simply said, it’s a delight.Come visit my blog for the full review...http://itstartedwiththehugos.blogspot...

  • Abiyasha
    2019-02-09 12:42

    I was interested reading this book just by the blurb and just couldn't wait to read it. Thanks to Scribd who gave me free subscription worth $100 because I published my book through Smashwords. So, once my account is validated, this book was the first book that I look for. I give 5 stars for the idea itself. The story is really refreshing and original, if I may say. I never read a book like this before and with the main character is a book, is a plus point for me. The book will never be the same again after reading this. I have no particular favorite scene because to me, reading this book is simply for the idea. Nothing is over in this book. Everything just seems perfect and right. I really love Angela and Marc. I never thought that Luke could also be sentimental like the others. Overall, I really love this book. 5 stars from me for its unique and interesting idea.

  • KimberlyRose
    2019-01-19 14:03

    I like the idea of this book, I even liked the prose--visual and emotion-filled, but it was like a nifty story stretch too longed, inexpertly told, and ultimately ruined. There were lines that l adored and imagery that delighted me (seeing the world through Bob's eyes, sensing him press against a book he liked, etc.), but with the repetition and introduction of uninteresting characters who took me away from those whom I was only at a "warming up to" stage, it grew old quick. It would have been at least a four star read if it was one third the length, I'd imagine.

  • Don
    2019-01-21 14:36

    Charming funny and ultimately moving. The idea of books being alive with individual personalities sounds like it could be too precious or "twee" by half but the author, David Pratt pulls that hat trick of being very funny but also really pulling us into this alternate world and making us invest in it. A wonderful debut and deservedly winning of the Lambda award for debut fiction!! Highly recommended!

  • Donald
    2019-02-05 14:43

    David Pratt's novel take on the real lives of books proved both witty and wise. A random collection of new and used titles look for love and purpose, redemption and reunion. Suspend your disbelief and take this touching journey. You may even be compelled to rearrange your bookshelf when you've finished reading Bob the Book.

  • Lauraadriana
    2019-01-30 12:49

    Sweet little story about a book named Bob and his misadventures. The concept is adorable and the personalities of the books are fantastic. Moishe Judaic book on Homosexuality, with his feisty Yiddish :O) The Sunny the new age book and her catch phrase, Hank the Tom Clancy novel...It was adorable and too funny. What a great idea for a book!

  • Margaret
    2019-01-31 11:36

    When I first heard about this book, I thought what a great concept for a story. Now that I read it for myself I realize that it is more than a concept. It is a polished gem of a story that both entertained me and gave me a lot to think about from its beginning to its end.

  • Mark
    2019-02-08 11:45

    I can't decide between four and five stars. You won't see it held up with the likes of Hemingway, but I really enjoyed it. It is cute, fun, and hopeful.

  • Donna
    2019-01-22 15:47

    Completely charming story about the private lives of books as they find love and companionship in their journeys through bookstores, bookshelves and bargain bins.

  • Lawral
    2019-02-15 10:48

    This is the Velveteen Rabbit/Toy Story of books.

  • Vespasian
    2019-01-31 15:01

    Fun!

  • Cole Riann
    2019-01-30 13:40

    4.5 stars

  • Leslie Nicoll
    2019-01-26 16:45

    This was an absolutely terrific book!Here's the synopsis:Meet ‘Bob the Book,’ a gay book for sale in a Greenwich Village bookstore, where he falls in love with another book, Moishe. But an unlikely customer separates the young lovers. As Bob wends his way through used book bins, paper bags, knapsacks, and lecture halls, hoping to be reunited with Moishe, he meets a variety of characters, both book and human, including Angela, a widowed copy of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park, and two other separated lovers, Neil and Jerry, near victims of a book burning. Among their owners are Alfred and Duane, whose on-again, off-again relationship unites and separates our book friends.Will Bob find Moishe?Will Jerry and Neil be reunited?Will Alfred and Duane make it work?Read ‘Bob the Book’ to find all the answers...~~Even though it's gay, because Bob is gay (and all the human characters are, too), this book should appeal to anyone who loves books--particularly folks who love to have books on their bookshelves! Imagine them all talking to each other, but being somewhat restricted in their conversation by what's in their pages. Here's Selected Greek Tragediestalking about his owner, Owen:"Thus, thus is Owen fallen!" cried Selected Greek Tragedies. "Weep, Manhattan, for Owen, thy fallen son! Seek him not in thy piano bars, but alone at Armani Exchange! Seek him alone before his closet, in lonely quest for a more fabulous outfit!"Later, we learn that books that had been made into movies lord it over the other non-movie books, but even these guys compete with each other. I loved this paragraph:And then some book, almost always straight, would start in about having been made into a move and who was in it and who directed and how much money it made. The gay books seethed and tried not to listen, and they looked for a copy of Maurice or Boys in the Band to rally themselves around. Tensions ran especially high among E.M. Forster's books. Copies of Maurice were taunted terribly by the others: "If you're so great, how come he wouldn't publish you till he was dead?" A Room With a View was especially cruel as his movie had come out just before Maurice's movie and had made much more money. But then A Passage to India would chime in: "Well, we know who bought all those tickets to see your movie," he sneered at A Room With a View. "Gay guys who wanted to see the nude bathing scene. Plus you've got that fruity Cecil and all those tea parties and lawn tennis. Even George, climbing trees and writing poetry! It looks like I'm the only one whose characters are real men!" Meanwhile, Where Angels Fear to Tread felt she could not speak because her movie had not been very successful. She was perhaps Forster's least-known novel, and you never knew if another book might know or might pretend to know your ranking or your number of stars on Amazon.Highly, highly recommended. This book will definitely have a place on my top ten list for the year.L

  • Tom
    2019-02-01 12:55

    Interesting take on the lives of books. Cleverly written.