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24th July
written by Steph

It's been a few months since Tony and I last made our way to McKay's. Preoccupied with Borders bankruptcy sales, we haven't had much time for used books when so many new ones were looking for homes, but this past week, all that changed. We were in the neighborhood (McKay's is very close to our favorite Vietnamese restaurant), and decided to stop by to see if I could get a cheap copy of the movie Whip It, my latest obsession. We couldn't, but no trip to McKay's would be complete without a quick jaunt down the fiction aisle, where I swiftly found two books I just had to have! The Distance Between Us is a Maggie O'Farrell title that my collection is missing, and now I only lack her very first novel before I'll find myself in possession of all her novels to-date. I also picked up Old Filth by Jane Gardham, for two reasons: 1) I am convinced she and I will get along swimmingly once I actually get around to reading her; 2) I picked up a copy of The Man in the Wooden Hat on one of my other shopping jaunts which is a retelling of Old Filth from another character's perspective, so I know I would be better served by reading Old Filth first! The other three books, I am happy to report, were actually Tony's choices, as he has a bit of an obsession with Everyman Library editions, so could not resist picking up these beautiful copies of Pale Fire and Pnin by Valdimir Nabokov and One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. You'll recall that I didn't have the best luck with Lolita when I read it last year (it was definitely one of those books that made me feel like I was simply not smart enough to be reading it!), but you may be surprised by the Marquez acquisition. After all, I have been very vocal in the past of my love One Hundred Years of Solitude, so surely I must already have a copy of it on hand, right? And indeed I do! In fact, I actually already have an Everyman's copy of this book. So, why the double acquisition? Well, my first copy was also picked up second-hand, and I wasn't exactly diligent about checking the pages, and it wasn't until I got home that I realized it had been marked up with highlighters. It in no way diminished my enjoyment of the book (or Tony's for that matter), but the prospect of having a pristine copy was too much to resist.

And so now, I find myself with two near identical copies of a favorite book and have decided the best thing would be to share the love. So I am offering up my original, much-loved and marked up copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude to a new home. Apart from the markings (that sadly cannot be erased, but are quite minimal... maybe only 5 - 10 pages of the total book), the book is in excellent condition, including its original dust cover and a ribbon bookmark. If you're a reader who would like to experience this amazing book and have no compunctions about nominal marginalia, then please let me know in the comments below. I'll ship anywhere in the world, for great literature truly should know no boundaries. If more than one person expresses interest in the book, I'll randomly select a winner next Sunday (that is July 31)... so make your desire known by Saturday night at the latest! I now return you to your regularly scheduled programming... which I realize has been far from regular. Two words: SO. BUSY. I should have some new reviews up this week, however, so you'll have that (and maybe this book?) to look forward to!


  1. 07/24/2011

    Great books! I am always on the lookout for Europas, plus Maggie O’Farrell is an author I have been meaning to read!

  2. 07/24/2011

    Oh, I hope someone takes you up on your offer for the copy of One Hundred Years of Solitude, as it is also one of my very favorite books of all time. I am pleased that you found a new O’Farrell as well, and can’t wait to hear what you think of it. I hope you enjoy your new additions!

  3. Ah, I always adore new books. Looks like a good stack!

  4. 07/25/2011

    Nice additions to your collection, Steph! I love Everyman Library Editions too. They are so beautifully produced! Enjoy reading your new books! Happy Reading!

  5. 07/25/2011

    That is exciting! And those editions are gergeous:) I need to read more O’Farrell, she should be top of my list.

  6. 07/26/2011

    I do love those Everyman Editions and have started collecting them, slowly but surely.

    I hope you enjoy Old Filth — I read it a month or two ago (still haven’t reviewed it) and really enjoyed it. It’s very funny and sad at the same time. I’m hanging out to read the sequel, The Man in the Wooden Hat.

  7. JoV

    I love everyman’s editions and hope you enjoy your read. Hope you are feeling better now..

  8. 07/28/2011

    I didn’t love Old Filth, although I think I may have missed something, but I’m intrigued that there’s a novel telling the story from another character’s perspective. I think I might like that!

  9. 07/28/2011

    I’m excited for you, The Distance Between Us is looking great on top of that pile of yours! Maggie O’Farrell’s books are all beyond amazing! She’s my most favourite author; I adore her stories and writing style in more ways than I could possibly tell you… I really hope you will enjoy it as much as I do 🙂

    One Hundred Years of Solitude has actually been on my wishlist for quite a while now! I absolutely loved Love in the Time of Cholera (both book, film and soundtrack!) and everybody keeps telling me that Solitude is even better… can’t wait to read it, so I’ll cross my fingers really tight and hope I’ll be lucky enough to win your copy 🙂

  10. 08/05/2011

    Pity I saw this post too late to participate. A marked up copy of One 100 years…sounds absolutely charming.

    I am one of those people who love reading the comments people make on the books 😀

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