Friday, July 16, 2010

The Devil's Library

In preparation for a book sale tomorrow I have just finished sorting through our boxes of books that are superfluous to our needs.  There are five hundred and eighty-nine books.  Not counting old law texts, which are being recycled, and not counting the Gregory's 1983-84 Sydney street directory, which is going to my craft stash for future upcycling in a brilliant and creative way.

Many of the books we're selling were purchased second-hand, and have names written on the first page.  Some of these inscriptions include heart-wrenching little notes to the person to whom the book was originally given, and were not meant to be read by anyone else.  Others are just an inked name - people staking a claim to the book in the same way that a cat might rub its face glands on it.

Most of these names are unknown, but I was quite surprised to see the name written neatly inside a somewhat shabby copy of Lord of the Flies.

Beelzebub.

Why a fairly senior demon would have read, and then chosen to discard, this novel is a mystery.  But then I read that Beelzebub means 'Lord of the Flies,' so perhaps he was just checking it out to see what people were saying.  The way I google myself every now and then.

Doesn't really matter.  What's important is that I'm gonna get me $2 for the book.


5 comments:

  1. You said 'upcycling'. For shame, ataxophile.

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  2. I can't believe you're managing to get rid of 589 books (not including law texts and Gregorys, which seriously, why did you have a Gregory's in the first place? They're crap compared to melways.)

    I managed to cull exactly 5 books when we moved. At some point I'll finish going through the boxes stacked in the garage and decide if I can bear to part with any more. I still have all my old textbooks too.

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  3. I agree that Gregory's is crap. But Melways is crapper for finding your way around Sydney!

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  4. Sydways!! Sydways shows you around Sydney! And it's in colour! And you can identify streets! And creeks! Because they're in colour!! (Seriously I can't use UBDs at all, I have huge trouble working out what the maps represent. I blame the black and white factor.)

    No idea what you'd use for Tassie though.

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  5. I will use my map of Tassie :)

    You walked right into that one.

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