June 22, 2005


First the bad news—the Fort area has become pathetic. I only found around 8-10 book sellers, all of them on one corner. You won’t be seeing hundred’s of them ever again.

I delayed going there this year for fear of finding the same. But the few that were there did have a pretty good collection.

Here’s what I bought—some at the streets and some at Strand. Book shopping has been relatively expensive this semester, will have to cut-down on my spending on other stuff for a few months.

  • Albert Camus – The Stranger
  • Ernest Hemingway – For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky – The Brothers Karamazov
  • James Joyce – Dubliners
  • Joseph Heller – Good as Gold
  • Kazuo Ishiguro – An Artist of the Floating World
  • Robert M. Pirsig – Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • The complete works of Oscar Wilde
  • Umberto Eco – The Island of the Day Before
  • W. Somerset Maugham – Of Human Bondage

I’m really proud of nicking a copy of the Oscar Wilde book. It’s a hard-cover book with every play, story & poem ever written by Oscar Wilde, or at least it claims to be. And I lifted it for only 200 bucks. It’s slightly worse for wear, I’ll have to look up stuff on ‘caring’ for books on the net. The guy had loads of such hardbound books—the complete works of Shakespeare in a beautiful leather bound edition was for sale at around 350 bucks. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any money left, and I can always find Shakespeare again when I want to read him.

A couple of books (Pirsig & Camus) were impulse buys, I’ve just heard of them and don’t know if they are any good. And I bought the only Umberto Eco book I found.

All in all a great trip considering I had no hopes at all. Only gripe was not finding anything by Vonnegut.

Oh, and I pre-ordered Half-blood Prince at Strand.


The Unrest Cure said...

I think this is The Bride's cue for telling you how much she got the complete works of Oscar Wilde for. My copy got spoilt just lying there.

Some really nice picks! Particularly, Ishiguro, Camus and Hemingway. I was getting 'The complete short stories of Ernest Hemingway' for around 300, but I was outta cash after buying too many. From what I've heard, the booksellers from Fort have shifted elsewhere. Find out!

Ankit said...

They must have shifted somewhere, but I could not find out where. I asked the few sellers that where there where the others have ended up, and they too don't have any idea. Doesn't stop me from trying though.

Girl said...

I really hope they get back.

70% of the reason why I come to Mumbai is because of these bookstores.

This REALLY sucks. Really!