The Personal Librarian Didn't Speak to Me
I recently read The Personal Librarian for a book club. I had tried a year or so ago, and the narration didn't grab me, so I stopped after two chapters. However, I persevered for the book club.
Persevere I did. I was not fond of this book, which felt like an exercise in caution.
Intellectually, I recognized Belle’s personal and social constraints. I tried to appreciate and sympathize, but it's hard to sympathize with caricature.
Belle de Costa Greene was a fascinating character when described by Morgan Library Exhibition Project Curator Erica Ciallela at a recent book club meeting. Belle sounds fascinating, brave, intelligent, and amazing, and I will visit the Morgan Library to find out more about this amazing woman.