For hundreds of years, the sign of a civilised person has been a house overflowing with books. And now we have people who boast that the primary virtue of their ebook reader is that they are able to empty their house of them.
Yes, it is! It was my Christmas present from my mother in 1995, and it didn’t take me long to read (while recovering from a bad cold in Brooklyn, if memory serves). Much more recently, I acquired a very cheap (but some people tell me, still too expensive) copy of his subsequent masterpiece, Celsius 7/7.
I continue to wrestle with my bookshelves: what you can see there is A-H, but by the time we get to the letter S, in another room, I run out of space, and it’s all a bit of a mess.