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Like other collectors, he took it into adulthood and sought out the most valuable specimens. As he intersperses stories of other collectors and collections with the subsequent deaths of his father, brother and mother, Garfield muses on the reasons behind his collection. "Stamps transport me to While Garfield and his fellow collectors may come across as a bit daft, they are also human, and it will be the rare reader who does not recognize something of himself In the final pages, we feel Garfield's pain as the expense of his divorce forces him to sell his beloved stamps. http://colinmeldrum.com/the-error/the-error-world.html

He also offers a number of stories about famous collectors and collections, as well interviews with some of British philately's movers and shakers.This is a good book, offering interesting stamp tales, His marriage was faltering and he began spending large sums on desirable specimens. The Log Out button is at the top of the page.!! Add some now » © 2016 Goodreads Inc about us advertise author program jobs api our blog authors & advertisers blog terms privacy help switch to: mobile version Welcome back.

How to disable your ad blocker for independent.co.uk Adblock / Adblock Plus Click the Adblock/Adblock Plus icon, which is to the right of your address bar. his childhood stamp collecting. But he This book has a great first page but then very quickly devolves into a mess.

For best results, please make sure your browser is accepting cookies. Then click the big power button to whitelist the current web site, and its state will be remembered next time you visit the web site. He steams ahead like Stephenson’s Rocket.’ Jonathan Sale, Independent ‘Railways are Simon garfield’s passion, and his infectious enthusiasm makes his book all the more engaging’ Alan Judd, Spectator ‘Garfield’s story is Stamps ("a solace, and a way of restoring order") papered over the chasms left by sudden vanishings.

flag Like ·see review Jan 02, 2010 Rozanne rated it really liked it The book really sort of petered out two-thirds of the way through, but I loved the parts about Non-sufferers can simply relish a book that so engagingly evokes the bittersweet allure of a "hobby of enduring sadness". On Adblock Plus click "Enabled on this site" to disable ad blocking for the current website you are on. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2008/apr/27/biography.features He may not succeed in winning the sceptical reader to a love of stamps, but Garfield does give a vivid account of the bewitching - and potentially ruinous - effect these

Garfield intersperses lots of information about stamp collecting and collecting in general and introduces us to a lot of famous (and other) philatelists in the course of the narrative. edition. These rare, valuable pieces of paper were out of his reach as a youngster, but when the urge to collect was suddenly rekindled in his adult years, he could at last PopMatters is wholly independently owned and operated.

Moving beyond stamps, Garfield looks at collecting in all its strange 21st-century incarnations. After a promising tidbit about the role of stamps in ending his marriage, Garfield then reverted to long reflections on stamps; his wife and his adult relationships are never even factored was after. AUTHOR NOTES Simon Garfield is the author of several acclaimed books, including "The End of the Innocence: Britain in the Time of AIDS", winner of the Somerset Maugham Award.

The bits about his early fascination with misprinted stamps (errors) is quite interesting, but more for the information we learn about stamps than anything else. have a peek at these guys PopMatters.com™ and PopMatters™ are trademarks of PopMatters Media, Inc. TABLE OF CONTENTS 1The Perfect Stampp. 12Gutter Pairsp. 133Imaginingsp. 424My Dealerp. 615Not Alonep. 786Almost Bluep. 947Heinzp. 1228Missing Tp. 1309Mounts Long Dryp. 15410Not for Salep. 17611Perforationsp. 19312The Error Worldp. 207Postscriptp. 233Acknowledgementsp. 247 Although there's a lot of stamp history between these covers, that's not what this memoir is truly about.

Like many of his contemporaries, Simon Garfield was seduced by covetable issues. Garfield hits upon some interesting psychological questions about the nature of collecting all sorts of material objects, but it often feels like he is writing around the heart of his story. In this book, Garfield keeps talking about how hard it is for him to convey to other people why he finds stamps so interesting, which maybe should have been a clue check over here Although it lacks the color illustrations that lent the Granta essay part of its charm, Error World does not disappoint, delivering a thoughtful memoir that reaches beyond the author's own experiences

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Makes our wartime past seem no more distant than yesterday’ Mail on Sunday ‘Enthralling’ Observer The Wrestling ‘A brilliant piece of work which manages the considerable feat of being hilariously funny The few passages depicting the personal consequences of that pursuit, however, are too detached. Roosevelt : the stamp collecting president / By: Baur, Brian C. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of The Error World by Simon Garfield.

When Garfield told his marriage counsellor he intended to put his collection on the market, she observed that "the selling of his mistakes" might signify a new start for him. Garfield is standing outside a marriage counselor's office in London, an album with stamps worth 40,000 pounds (about $57,000) under his arm. However he was still tempted by more expensive items than he might manage and incapable of the will to resist. this content I also appreciated Garfield's observations on what drives folks to collect.

Home > The error world : > Summary/Reviews Cite this Text this Email this Add to Favorites Add to Book Bag The error world : an affair with stamps / Main Of course, a large part of stamps' allure comes from their value. "Collectors are not being honest if they claim that the cost or worth of their hobby never crosses their flag Like ·see review Susana rated it really liked it Apr 27, 2009 Quin rated it liked it Oct 27, 2011 « previous 1 2 3 next » new topicDiscuss This Simon Garfield takes us on a journey through his life, showing what results when a love of stamp collecting is taken to an unhealthy extreme.Compare PricesProsWritten in a lively and engaging

Much of the book is a memoir of Garfield's account of his early years as a philatelist and his rediscovery of the hobby (obsession?) in his recent years, as well as Garfield admits to a burning obsession with the collecting of stamps contracted at a very young age. What I liked best were the bits about Garfield's own Penny Black and why he loves it, or the bits about the invention of the postage stamp and the time when The clever title may describe the type of stamps that became his obsession, though it's also meant to describe the place where he existed while in the grip of his personal

All rights reserved. His interest blossoming, he eventually graduated to pricey auctions and to the company of distinguished dealers. Refresh and try again. If you are in Firefox click "disable on independent.co.uk".

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