Monday, August 22, 2005

Chronicles of Narnia

I passed by Powerbooks last Saturday to check the sale. The concentration of people milling around the store was more than the usual. And nearly every book was on sale at 15, 20, 30, 40 and 75 percent off.

The book I wanted to purchase was of course in the middle of the whole kaboodle. It was the complete Chronicles of Narnia. A few months before, I was able to sell my old Narnia books to my friend and fellow-employee Twinkle (yes, like the star). I vowed to get this big book of the Chronicles of Narnia.

I find it useful to weed-out my books periodically. It keeps the collection up-to-date, lets me control the space and provides me chance to get better copies of a book. TPB and Mass market TPB goes first, of course only get rid of the books you will not miss. So, I am keeping my CS Lewis' "The Screwtape Letters".So there it was the Complete Chronicles of Narnia.

The book was hardbound and the size of a coffee table book. The paper was of very
good quality and it even had its own book marker. And the drawings were in colour. And it was selling at 20 percent off its original price.I could hear of chorus of inner voices telling me to buy.

"Its on discount."
" Its a big proper book".
" Some other CS Lewis fans will probably get it"

With the debate going inside my head I decided to go upstairs and look over some other books. I said to myself - It can wait.After an hour or so of looking at books. I only found two books that were of interest to me. Alan Moore's V for Vendetta and that CS Lewis book on the first floor.I had even texted my friend to ask him what was the better comic book Alan Moore's Watchmen or V for Vendetta. A few minutes after this I came upon those small hardbound classic books. They are worth the buy and even without the sale they are priced greatly lower here at Powerbooks than the other bookstore. And then there was the audio book of CS Lewis' book "The Screwtape Letters" , which was read by Lethal Weapon and Bill & Ted baddie Joss Ackland.

I said to myself, "Oh great, the numbers of available books just geometrically increased."

In the end, I did buy the CS Lewis book. My final reason, I had decided to buy it almost six moons ago. It is a proper book - big, hardbound, coloured drawings, nice paper and with a nice bookmarker - and durable. It will probably serve me and my descendants well. And I got it at a discounted price.

Oops! I almost forgot the most important it is book that you will read over and over and over and over again. It is a classic.


Anonymous vonjobi said...

i'm happy for you. you're more than just a book lover! you actually consider the paper and binding =)

i remember a time when i think i actually pushed someone else into buying a book at powerbooks because i kept returning to the book. and there was only one copy left! well, i went around and when i came back, the book was gone.

i was actually thinking your post would end with the book gone because you took such a long time making up your mind =)

11:03 PM  
Blogger Urbano dela Cruz said...

chronicles of narnia!

it is the basis of much of my own personal theology.

supplemented by Lewis' other works, foremost among them;

Till we have faces.

A grief observed.

there was a time I had three copies of the whole narnia set.

3:59 AM  
Blogger juned said...

Vonjobi, Luckily there were three copies of the book. I think I picked it up in Collection & Development class at ILIS. :)
Urbano, I started with the Screwtape Letters. Go figure. I also like

The Silent Planet Trilogy
Till We Have Faces
Screwtape Proposes a Toast


7:31 AM  

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