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Sensual desire for paper

Updated on April 10, 2015

My friend is not only in love with books. He has a deep and I suspect, a thrilling fetish for them.

His favorite haunt is the thrift shop, nestled in one of Amman's neighborhoods. I first told him about it but now he goes there more than me. He went once, it allured him, he went twice and he become addicted, he went thrice, and started to smell the musty paperbacks before he bought them.

The other day he mobile phoned me, just leaving the thrift shop, he said in a melancholic but excited mood, that he bought four books, but practically had to tear himself away from buying more.

He was panting, more like a sensual desire for the paper. All the paperbacks were there from Catcher in the Rye, John Grisham and Joseph Heller's sequel to Catch 22. This was the only three I could catch in his voice.

He blabbered all sorts of things about how is soul is connected to books, how he wanted to sit there among the paperbacks and drool, and this is a new one for me too, how he saw himself as one of those fictional characters jumping up and down from one book to another moving from page to another as a kind of superman, detective, a spy and a hopeless romantic.

This is his life he told me, I can be anybody and everybody at the same time moving from one character to the next with fiction becoming reality and reality becoming fiction.

"Come down, come to the thrift shop and buy, they'll give you for a cheap price, tell them you are my friend," he shouted over the cell phone.

"But I have plenty of books, they are coming out of my ears and spewing on the floor," I replied calmly and rather tired. I like books but they just don't have the same desirous affect on me as it does on him.

"They need to keep coming out of your ears, and every crevice you have," he hollered back with the sense of the voyeur who looked at the spine of the book as he was examining the next blind date.

With that, I didn't know what to say. Its true I like to read books, sometimes, actually I should read more. But my friend is a connoisseur of books, he is more like a collector rather than a judicious reader.


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    • wetnosedogs profile image


      5 years ago from Alabama

      Fascinating friend you have. I love to read and need time to keep up with books I buy and haven't read yet. Enjoyed this hub.

    • marwan asmar profile imageAUTHOR

      Marwan Asmar 

      6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Really great. Books are wounderful

    • DREAM ON profile image

      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      Books,books and more books.I can feel his love.I also had to downsize and lend some and share.I want to hear more about his passion!!!Rated up.How great is it to have more time to read and dream.

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      Mary Craig 

      6 years ago from New York

      Funny how so many of us relate to your friend! Seems books are a fetish and before you know it you have more books than you know what to do with! This was a fun hub to read. Voted up.

    • marwan asmar profile imageAUTHOR

      Marwan Asmar 

      6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      So you just keep replacing. He once told me how wonderful it would be to make a house from paperbacks. Interesting

    • jacqui2011 profile image


      6 years ago from Norfolk, UK

      Interesting hub. I love to read and had to make myself stop buying any more books about 3 years ago. I have loads of them, some of which have found new homes in boxes in the attic. This summer I have set myself a mission to rehome some of these books that I have no hope of reading again, and perhaps make some room for their replacements!

      Voted up and interesting.

    • joachimartist profile image


      6 years ago from Maastricht (Netherlands)

      I recognize the situation. I started reading, ended collecting, and the only remedy was to sell them all. Now I only read, have some books which are really dear to me in my possesion. The rest I lent in the town-library ;-) Good story

    • marwan asmar profile imageAUTHOR

      Marwan Asmar 

      6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Great I will do that but I doubt if he would listen, you seen hubs are in his veins!

    • marwan asmar profile imageAUTHOR

      Marwan Asmar 

      6 years ago from Amman, Jordan

      Thanks, all of you lovely comments, I'll tell him, I am sure he'll enjoy

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have a thrift store like that here the books are only $1.50 or so and I have a ball. I can understand how he feels. i collect books.. and yes they are everywhere.

      love you hub'

      vote up


    • picklesandrufus profile image


      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Interesting topic. I love to read too, but definitely not to his level!! Enjoyable hub!

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      Jim Higgins 

      6 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really interesting Hub. Sometimes I feel that I am in an early stage of your friend's disease. There is so much to read and so little time. My book shelves groan and I have to be judgmental about buying more. Now that I am reading Hubs and writing some too, there is less time.

      Maybe you could "rescue" your friend by giving him the addiction to Hubpages that is taking overrrrrrrrr....


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