Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Oh Persephone! Persephone! How Do I Love Thee?

I love thee so much that I must buy you ALL!!!!

As you can see, I have found a new obsession - Persephone books. My first two books arrived today and I am in love. I had been reading about Persephone books all over the place, from BookGirl's Nightstand, Random Jottings of an Opera and Book Lover, Too Many Books and A Work in Progress. After going through the catalogue for a month, I finally placed my order for Someone At A Distance, They Knew Mr. Knight and Mariana last week. Despite my choosing the least expensive shipping available, two out of the three came pretty quick.

The jackets are so simple yet elegant. Really. I love the endpaper for They Knew Mr. Knight. After touching them, smelling them, petting them.....I decided that I must purchase the whole set! That's right! I don't know how I am going to to do it, but I will. I can just picture a chocolate-brown bookcase filled with all 70 Persephones......delicious.

I perused through Mariana to get a sense of what I have to look forward to. Here is what I opened up to:

' I live at Sheen. My father's a doctor there, you know.' Mary thought it was a pity he didn't do something about his daughter's breath. (96).

Ha ha! That's funny! I can't wait to read this one. I'm seriously tempted to put aside what I'm reading to start this one, but patience is a virtue.

Oh Fairy BookMother - please buy me the whole set! Won't you? :)


iliana said...

Aha, you've caught the Persephone bug :) Aren't the books beautiful? I have six of them and want to add more to my collection of course. Enjoy!

danielle said...

If your fairy book mother buys you a set, please send her my way...I want a set, too. I bought Mariana, too.

Lesley said...

I recently got the catalogue as well but haven't had a chance to go through it. I imagine I'll have the same reaction as you - it seems to be unanimous!

Bookfool said...

Oh, heck. I asked for a catalog about 2 months ago and now I realize it never arrived. Thanks for the reminder!!

Amelia said...

Iliana - Beautiful indeed! :)

Danielle - Your wish is my command ;)

Lesley - It's weird. It one of those things where you appreciate it more when you have it in your hands. I really hope you like them! :)

Bookfool - Thanks for commenting! Have fun picking out your order:)

emasl said...

Check out making of a Marchioness which is going to be broadcast over Easter (link over on Random Jottings). Someone at a Distance is superb, Fidelity by Susan Glaspell a must, Miss Pettigrew Lives for a day - PLEASE make this your next purchase!!! The Shuttle by FH Burnett just published, wonderful, Little Boy Lost by M Laski, get box of tissues for that one and prepare to be pole axed at the end...I could go on and on. I have about 50+ on my shelves and have been with Persephone from inception buying on a regular basis so that I have gradually built up my collection. Elaine

Amelia said...

Elaine - Thanks so much for the heads up and the suggestions!! 50+??!! You are almost there - lucky you! They should give you the remaining 20 for free since you have done such a great job in promoting their titles! ;)

Now....I need to work your suggestions into my budget for next month.... :)

Bybee said...

I agree. They are some nice-looking books! And from the sound of it, many pages to savor.