This goes a bit beyond our scope of reviews, discussions, and posts about articles related to reading and literature, but I think it’s rather fitting.
This article from Fine Books Magazine tells the tale of why a particular copy of Charles Dickens’ The Christmas Carol is so important to one particular town. This is one of those instances where a personal dedication by an author, which is usually worth less than a more-generic signed copy, can make a copy very, very valuable to a particular person or place.
The Town That Bought a Rare Book
Ready to get this started? First book up is:
Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett!
According to “The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter,” “Witch” (the world’s only “completely” accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner.
So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon–both of whom have lived amongst Earth’s mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle–are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture.
And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist . . .
If you’ve never read this book, you must. It’s hilarious. If you have read this book then you won’t complain about reading it again 🙂 We shall convene back here on 1st February for the discussion!
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