Wednesday, 11 July 2012

You can never have too many books






Shakespeare and Company is situated in rue de la Bucherie in the 5th arrondissement of Paris, and is a wonderful location for any book lover to browse, read and leisurely spend some time playing chess or the piano or writing that new novel.


           






Besides standing on traditional bookshelves there are books jammed into every nook and cranny.




The original store was opened by the famous American Sylvia Beach in rue Dupuytren in 1919.  She was one of the remarkable women of the twenties, who among many other achievements published James Joyce's Ulysses.  

                 I'm currently reading Sylvia Beach's biography

          which I bought at Shakespeare and Company of course.

7 comments:

dinahmow said...

Thank you, Helen.
Now, please excuse me while I mop the drool from the keyboard...

ersi marina said...

Absolutely envious here too! I agree, you can never have too many books. Except maybe when you move house?

Carol said...

What a wonderful post! Thank you, Helen.

Helen M said...

Hello Di, I'm drooling looking at the photos again myself now I'm back home!

Hi ersi, you're right about moving house. It was a real chore to take my books down and move the bookcases to paint the room.

Hello Carol, Lovely to see you here - I know your name really well from my old friend and yours, Vi Wilson.

Fiona Dempster said...

As others have said Helen - it looks like heaven! The kind of place you could get totally lost in for hours on end; and realise you still haven't looked for the book you came in for!

rObfOs said...

Hi Helen, had a conversation (at Riverbend) yesterday with Isabella, a new Australian recently arrived from Paris. She loves living in Brisbane, her only sigh was the marked difference in the price of books. Apparently there is a decree in France that states culture is to be accessible and affordable to all. All made me think of you and your Shakespeare and Co blog post :)

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