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In many German towns you can find stands, old cabinets and even the occasional discarded red English, telephone box stuffed with second hand books. Anyone can take a book and hopefully after reading it, return or replace it with another one.
There are at least five which I know of in the small city where I live and in one, near the university, you can often find books in different languages. My favourite, which is sponsored by a local bank and charmingly placed in a street corner alcove next to a small water fountain. There are few English language books to be found there but you can occasionally get lucky and the other day – I did.
I extracted from under a mound of old and some decrepit looking German books, three faded yellow English paperbacks written by Eric Ambler, published between 1949/53, The Mask of Dimitrios being the better known one.
I cannot describe my present enjoyment, re-reading these tales which were among my favourites during the fifties and in the original. The very smell and the dust collected by them over the years is a bonus and frankly, they are still not an old fashioned read.
It may be of interest to note in the books’ texts, the “N” word was infrequently used and the “F” word not at all. Nowadays it’s the other way round.