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“Books and friends should be few but good.”

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.

About bbryanthomas

Not so young man about town who, having witnessed and enjoyed life, is presently having fun, writing about those by-gone times and life in general.

2 comments on ““Books and friends should be few but good.”

  1. Bridgesburning Chris
    August 27, 2017

    The very smell and the dust….When i traveled England and Wales i walked along a winding walk and into an ancient book store. I thought I died and went to heaven. That was ’84 and I would still be there had family not dragged me out.

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    • bbryanthomas
      August 27, 2017

      I know the feeling, I can’t pass a book shop without wanting to go in. Charingcross Road, in London used to be full of them and I would spend half of any visit to London searching them. Alas, no more tempation as they’ve been forced out of business in favour of chain stores and clothes shops. Amen

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