My Rating : *3.5 Stars*
If you want to read something funny and want to entertain yourself read this.
This book is a quick and light read and it made me laugh from page one.
It is a collection of the actual conversations between the booksellers and customers in bookshops.And what all weird and funny things people say in bookshops.
Few of them were really good I laughed out loud, few of them I thought were just made up to show the stupidity of people(people are often stupid but not that stupid,I believe).
There are few of my favorites:
Customer: Hi, I just wanted to ask: did Anne Frank ever write a sequel?
Customer: I really enjoyed her first book.
Bookseller: Her diary?
Customer: Yes,the diary.
Bookseller: Her diary wasn’t fictional.
Bookseller: Yes…She really dies at the end- that’s why the diary finishes. She was taken to a concentration camp.
Customer: Oh…that’s terrible.
Bookseller: Yes it was awful.
Customer: I mean, it’s such a shame you know? She was such a good writer.
Customer: Would you mind if I photocopied this recipe?
Customer: Do you have books signed by Margaret Atwood?
Bookseller: We have many Margaret Atwood books, but I’m afraid we don’t have any signed by Margaret Atwood,no.
Customer: I’m looking for a birthday present for my wife. I know she’d really love a signed copy. You couldn’t fake a signature could you?
Customer(Drops an old, expensive book on the floor by accident): Great Shot!
Customer: I mean…sorry.
Customer: I’m always on night shift at work.
Booksellers(jokingly): Is that why you’re buying so many vampire novels?
Customer(seriously): You can never be too prepared.
Customer: I don’t know why she wants it, but my wife asked for a copy of The Dinosaur Cookbook.
Bookseller: The Dinah Shore Cookbook?
Customer: That must be it; I wondered what she was up to.
I have heard people saying weird things. However not as weird as they are in this book.
Sometimes few conversations were annoying but other times I laughed out loud. So I can recommend this book to everyone who needs a good laugh.
On a very different note there is this one situation which I guess we all come across when we go for shopping and there are shop assistants who do everything to annoy customers by asking questions like
Can I help you?
Are you looking for anything?
Or just stand right next to you while you shop.
A similar situation is quoted here in this book…
(An old lady approaches the till)
Customer: Yes? What do you want?
Bookseller: Erm, I rather thought that I might be able to help you.
Customer: Don’t be ridiculous. Do I look like as if I need your help…?