Item description for Last Resort Library, The by Kallin Irving Jenny, Finkel...
"The library is situated," said the short entry in the Guide to British Libraries A-L, "in pleasant rolling countryside not too far from Hereford, and is perhaps most readily accessible by private motor vehicle." This statement was quite accurate. Inaccessibility had always been one of the Library's most prized qualities. "The Last Resort Library was founded in 1962, and is a forward-looking institution with very much its own sense of mission," it continued. The truth was that the Guide compiler had never heard of the Library himself, but someone had mentioned it to him right at the last minute, and he was improvising while correcting proofs. "Researchers should be aware that, despite the size of the Library's holdings, there is no published catalogue of any kind." That's what he had been told, and it seemed only sensible to make a formal note of it. - Prologue
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.98" Width: 6.22" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.1 lbs.
Release Date Apr 18, 2007
Publisher Kennedy & Boyd
ISBN 1904999425 ISBN13 9781904999423
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Brilliant book idea, cleverly written Jan 20, 2008
This novel is finely written, amusing, quixotic and immensely clever. Finkel is hugely entertaining with a cast of characters that would meld Henry James in detailed observation with Swift and Voltaire in its subtly wicked sense of humour. What a wonderful idea for a book, with an underlying satire worthy of Cervantes. Like the Library of Babylon in Borges in almost endless repositories, this tale also makes one wonder what happens to all the abandoned dream manuscripts so long pursued by their hapless authors. This novel raises the painful question why on occasion, some writers' works can actually be too good to publish, others too personally dense to understand, and yet so many others too dull to finish. Peopled with plausible, if eccentric characters - exactly the kind who would inhabit such a library - and beautifully illustrated, this LAST RESORT LIBRARY is worthy of a good read by a fire with a vintage armagnac in hand, imparting a knowing smile to the soul. I can't wait for the next Finkel work.