book possessiveness

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at
Sat Dec 11 19:08:19 EST 2004

--- Robyn Starkey <rohina at> wrote:

> >collect. He claimed he didn't want to give away any
> of her books (did not
> >even agree to lend me a particular one) before
> making a full inventory, so
> >he could split them exactly equally between his two
> boys, and that it will
> >take him several years to inventory them. I suppose
> the books somehow mean
> >something to him that can't be explained
> rationally. I just found it odd
> >that he was so willing, almost anxious, for me to
> take certain articles of
> >her personal belongings, but refused me a book to
> which I clearly have an
> >affinity. Anyway, I'm not complaining, just
> bringing it up as one of those
> >inexplicable things.
> People are oddly possessive and acquisitive about
> books. I know I am, and 
> you should see my colleagues circle like sharks when
> the book reps visit. 
> Either that, or they don't care, like my friend's
> mother who once asked her 
> why she wanted a new book, because she already had a
> shelf full of them.

Having to cope with kids with this attitude to books
is an occupational hazzard as a school librarian. And
they don't understand why I feel sorry for them. But
then I can't understand why they follow football.
(which here means Rugby League - not that that matters
I'm indifferent at all codes)


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