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Re: Bookstores in London
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 10.1287  Thursday, 22 July 1999.

[1]     From:   Stephen Holcombe <
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        Date:   Friday, 16 Jul 1999 13:34:18 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1275 Re: Bookstores in London

[2]     From:   Sarah Boswell <
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        Date:   Tuesday, 20 Jul 1999 17:03:57 +1200
        Subj:   Re: SHK 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris


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From:           Stephen Holcombe <
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Date:           Friday, 16 Jul 1999 13:34:18 -0400
Subject: 10.1275 Re: Bookstores in London
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1275 Re: Bookstores in London

2.5 cheers (at least) to Terence Hawkes for maintaining the standards of
British humor. The ante-antepenultimate sentence I find especially
noteworthy.

>Yes, do visit Foyle's Bookshop. It's a national institution enshrining
>the ancient art, central to the history of a trading nation, of
>frustrating the exchange of mere money for goods.  Here it has been
>brought to a peak of perfection, involving a number of stages.
>Initially, it ought to prove impossible to find the book you want.
>Should you negotiate that circumstance, perhaps settling for a
>substitute, the staff will fall back upon a complex system designed to
>inhibit you from buying it. This requires you to traverse the shop a
>number of times in order to obtain authorisation for the purchase,
>whilst leaving the book elsewhere. The opportunities for loss,
>misplacement, denial and covert re-shelving are accordingly multiplied.
>Should you raise your voice, the staff have instructions to indicate
>that they don't understand English. In most instances this turns out to
>be the case. As for Vermilion Books, my information is that they have
>closed: a rather bald statement of similar  principles, you might say.
>A better bet would be Judd Books in Marchmont Street, opposite the Lord
>John Russell pub. You'll find me in the corner by the bar. Just a half,
>thanks.

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From:           Sarah Boswell <
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Date:           Tuesday, 20 Jul 1999 17:03:57 +1200
Subject: 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris
Comment:        Re: SHK 10.1252 Bookstores in London & Paris

There's a bookstore just down the road from Covent Garden Tube Station
called D Arts - excellent shop, but sorry not second hand.

Sarah
 

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