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Old 27th Sep 2006, 12:22   #1
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Default Does anyone have $8000 they can spare?

I want to buy this:

http://www.amazon.com/Penguin-Classi...e=UTF8&s=books

It's a bibliophile's wet dream.
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Old 27th Sep 2006, 12:24   #2
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Strewth! That's a pretty extraordinary box set.

Some bright spark will no doubt do the maths for you, ep, and tell you how long it'll take to read.
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Old 27th Sep 2006, 12:44   #3
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Strewth! That's a pretty extraordinary box set.

Some bright spark will no doubt do the maths for you, ep, and tell you how long it'll take to read.
That's OK, I'm a man of leisure. I've got plenty of time to spare since I got on the SSI gravy train.
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Old 27th Sep 2006, 14:31   #4
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This reminds me of one of my favorite homeschooling vendors, Greenleaf Press. In the old days, pre-computers..they had these wonderful catalogs that had tons of real books for teaching your kids..by "real" I mean books you'd buy at a bookstore, not watered-down text books. Anyway, they had books that dealt with all the historical periods, and they offered what they called "The Yuppy Special"..one of every single book in their catalog for $4000. Of course, it was meant as a joke, since they knew the average family had no earthly way to afford their 'special'. But I guess they had a few libraries take them up on the deal!
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Old 27th Sep 2006, 14:41   #5
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Wow! Imagine the scenes under the Christmas tree if you were to find that lot wrapped up on Christmas morning! (By 'you' I of course mean 'I', and have already emailed the URL to my partner.)

Actually, it might be a bit disappointing - I find a lot of the fun of building my own collection is in the slow development of it, randomly buying books as and when I find one I'd like to read, and making a careful (or snap) decision about it. That simple joy would be lost with such a huge purchase.

Oh, but the wonderful feeling of seeing that lot lined up on the bookshelves... the thought of it is practically making me salivate!

As you can see, I am torn on this one. But then our bank account isn't, so realistically there's no choice to make.

Forgive me, I'm rambling!
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hell's bells, i'm remortgaging.
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Bit cheap of them just to include existing editions (inc old green-spine 'Penguin 20th Century Classics' which now stick out like a sore thumb):



Apparently there are also some duplicates (The Divine Comedy for example) and omissions (The Time Machine and The Invisible Man among others, even though these are available in Penguin Classics). I'll save my eight grand.
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I think it would look a bit show-offy too (I grew up being told that having books on show at all in 'public' areas of the house was show-offy - I still retain an element of this, though sheer numbers of books and lack of available private space means they have to be on view wherever )
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So that's about $7.38 per book. Is it just me, or is that pretty expensive? I buy them - the black ones, anyway - for about $7 at my local dealer. Granted, they don't have nearly all 1082 titles, but still.
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I grew up being told that having books on show at all in 'public' areas of the house was show-offy
Isn't that part of the fun? Anyway, it's YOUR house - put what you like in it!
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