SUMMARY Ð The Man Who Loved Books Too Much


The Man Who Loved Books Too MuchOoks the lure to collect them and the temptation to steal them Immersing the listener in a rich wide world of literary obsession Bartlett looks at the history of book passion collection and theft through the ages to examine the craving that makes some people willing to stop at nothing to possess the books they love. The Man Who Loved Books Too Much The True Story of a Thief a Detective and a World of Literary Obsession seemed to be an interesting premise John Gilkey stole books because he loved them too much The book introduced me to the world of rare book collecting and in John Gilkey's case stealing That was the only good part of this bookJohn Gilkey did not steal because he loved books too much John Gilkey was an amoral narcissist who stole rare books because he wanted the prestige of owning rare books and the world owed him Allison Hoover Bartlett sensationalized the title to sell books What is strange is that she wrote this book in 2009 and when I googled her it is the only thing of note that is said about her She was not able to keep her distance from the subject and even accompanied him on sojourns into rare book stores and stood by him while he made calls from payphones that he had often used for ordering books using stolen credit card numbers She made herself part of the book often wondering tee hee if she was breaking the law for doing what she did I found her to be thoroughly unprofessionalI had to force myself to finish this book I found the book boring and poorly written I am relieved that I am done with it so I can get the bad taste out of my mouth A look into the world of rare books and their collectors was the only redeeming uality of this book and for that I gave it 2 stars instead of 1

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Over Bartlett befriended both eccentric characters and found herself caught in the middle of efforts to recover hidden treasure With a mixture of suspense insight and humor she not only reveals exactly how Gilkey pulled off his dirtiest crimes and how Sanders ultimately caught him but also explores the romance of b. As both an undergraduate and graduate student I had a penchant for spending time in the rare manuscripts rooms at both BYU and University of Wisconsin Madison While my studies in African History did reuire me to spend time there to peruse books for research I enjoyed taking time to thumb through with gloved hands of course everything from medieval manuscripts to pioneer journals to my favorite the entire selection of Yellow Book uarterly which had nothing at all to do with my research But hey I paid tuition still am thank you student loans so I figured I could go in and read what I liked so long as I left things undamaged and unsoiled by my grubby hands hence the gloves But I never once thought of stealing any of these books Part of it was my conscience I consider myself an honest person and I hate hate hate people who lie a lot and part of it was security measures put in place to discourage temptation and crimes of opportunity Now having done a little writing myself I know how much work goes into writing a book let alone the outrageous consumption of time and materials that must have gone into books in the early modern era Old books are treasures They should be kept that way safe and secureBut there are people out there who will steal such books usually I am told to resell them for profitBut John Gilkey was is not such a man The title The Man Who Loved Books too Much would lead you to believe that Gilkey bought rare books with other people's credit card information because well he loved them But the author shows that Gilkey stole rare books because he loved himself too much A few reviewers have rated this book poorly because they find Gilkey's acts reprehensible Yes they are The man is a selfish slouch with a sense of entitlement that would give Ronald Reagan heart attacks But I rate books solely on the book and whether or not it was successful And here I have to say meh Bartlett is a journalist I'll admit to not having a very high opinion of most journalists especially since I ran for local political office years ago and saw firsthand how they distort people's words to suit their own need for the story but I thought I'd give her the benefit of the doubt The whole schtick of the book book thief book detective literary obsession seemed very interesting And it was until Bartlett decided to put herself in the book I found the story of the book thief and his pursuit compelling reading I was fascinated by the internal workings of the rare book industry But then well Allison things got weird between us You started wondering if you could get into the thief's head and went on and on about your involvement with the case You forgot that there needs to be some element of objectivity in a journalistic piece and you uestioned this very simple assumption You did a layman's psychological self examination of yourself and laid it all out for the reader Only this reader didn't want it The story was enough in itself I loved the story I don't know if the editor applied pressure thinking it would sell books or if you just needed the filler or what exactly But sometimes it's best to uit while your still ahead Or better yet uit before you inadvertently shine the spotlight on yourselfsigh

CHARACTERS The Man Who Loved Books Too Much

SUMMARY Ð The Man Who Loved Books Too Much ½ John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs stores and libraries around the country Ken Sanders is the self appointed bibliodick book dealer with a penchant for detective work driven to catch him John Charles Gilkey is an obsessed unrepentant book thief who has stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars' worth of rare books from book fairs stores and libraries around the country Ken Sanders is the self appointed bibliodick book dealer with a penchant for detective work driven to catch him Journalist Allison Ho. This book belongs to none but me For there's my name inside to see To steal this book if you should try It's by the throat that you'll hang high And ravens then will gather 'bout To find your eyes and pull them out And when you're screaming Oh Oh Oh Remember you deserved this woe Warning written by medieval German scribe Fortunately for me I live in the part of the world where people can not conceive of a book being of a value worth stealing Thieves here are interested in cash and flat screen televisions than say a first edition of Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy This is the story of the rare book dealer Ken Sanders and his search for the book thief John Gilkey I have issue with the title The Man Who Loved Books Too Much I'm a bibliophile and suffer from bibliomania but I would never ever steal a book because for me ownership is directly tied to the fact that I paid for the book There is no ownership merely possession if an object is stolen Gilkey felt that because he could not afford the books that he was justified in not only stealing the books but stealing credit cards to use to purchase the books The only victims as he saw it were the rich rare book dealers He came up with elaborate schemes to put booksellers at ease enough to filch their books and at the same time went to great lengths to not be recognized Ken Sanders a collector and rare book dealer out of Salt Lake City started to notice a pattern in book thefts across the country and put together a network through the Antiuarian Booksellers Association of America to try and warn dealers about the rash of stolen rare books and thus the first biblodick was born This story is about John Gilkey and Ken Sander's detective work in bringing him to justice It is too bad that John Gilkey to some degree achieved the fame he wanted through the writing of this book but without him the efforts of Ken Sanders could not be lauded I have some respect for those book thieves that steal because they have a love of rare books John Gilkey stole rare books because he perceived the ownership of rare volumes to euate with the respect he craved He wanted people to come over and be impressed by the rare books on his shelves and see him as an educated smoking jacket wearing bourbon drinking blue blood aristocrat He was never any of those things He was just a man who did not want to work for a living and yet wanted to own the finer things in life not because he loved those items but because he wanted to be perceived as someone who owned those fine objects The moments when the author stepped into the book annoyed me In fact if she had not done such a wonderful job of interviewing the rare book dealers and conveying their views and life I would have rated this book much lower When she would sit around and whine about not really understanding book collecting I would find myself grinding my teeth I was starting to uestion if she was really the right person to tell this story Luckily those moments involving the author were few and far between and frankly could have been left out of the book It has been many years now since I used to work a booth at the San Francisco Book Fair but it brought a smile to my face whenever she would mention a name of a rare book dealer that I had the pleasure to meet This is a book for book people but also those that enjoy a real life detective storyIf you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at