Flaubert on the Shelf Life

George and Karen Grant’s book on the literary life (Shelf Life, Cumberland House) is an excellent panecea of quotes, profiles of famous readers, and practical tips on how to live the shelf life to the fullest. A sample:

“Pity the poor soul who finds entertainment in the buzzing distractions of this world, who finds amusement in the abondonment of the catalog of the canon of great books. His tiny world, his restricted scope, his narrow experience has robbed him of the fullness of life.” (Gustav Flaubert, 1821-1880).

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