Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Time Was Soft There

Time Was Soft There

Mercer, Jeremy

Knitting Sticks: 4

This was an interesting book. Fairly light reading but interesting. Mr. Mercer was a Canadian journalist who ran "a foul" of a source back in about 2000. He was already a tad disillusioned with his profession and when he got the threatening phone call he figured it was time to get out of Dodge. Where to go? Not much money, not much family. Hey, I know, I will go Paris! So that is what he did. He found a hotel room but didn't have much money and didn't know what to do. One day, as he was walking the streets of Paris he happened upon a bookstore, Shakespeare and Co. I am not going to take the time to describe the bookstore to you, read the book to find out. But, the amazing thing was that the owner, George Whitman, invited Jeremy Mercer to the book store...along with the half dozen or so other people who were currently residing there. The book is the story of how he came to live at the book store for several months and the people that he met there and the life lessons that he gained.


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