obsessed by books all my life,
and today he feels
the melancholy that I suppose old artisans must once have felt when their trade became industrialised. All these years I have been on the wrong, or at least losing, side of history.
In England, he points out, second-hand bookshops have been killed by
- the internet
- the odious soi-disant charity Oxfam
- the loss of interest in browsing other than on a computer