The Gospel According to Julian Barnes: What to do with Bibliomaniacs

by Charlotte Reads Classics

Once the collector has grasped that ”completeness” is an illusion, that bibliomania is neither rational nor purposeful, and that your gentle hobby is a ruthless life’s quest, you may even be ready for a further timid step on the path to enlightenment. This consists of admitting that the volumes you have diligently acquired over decades do not logically, necessarily, morally or any other way have to stay acquired. This will seem pitifully obvious to outsiders, but not to many book-collectors.

– Cool, Calm and Collecting, Julian Barnes, The Sunday Times.

This was about to go in my next post, but in the end I felt it was so wise that it needed a page all to itself.