I recently visited The American Book Center to have a blind date with a book.
It is a huge bookstore in Amsterdam that sells books in english. And it is amazing!
After looking around for a bit (and discovering a whole shelf dedicated to dutch-iness)…
… I went to the place I was looking for.
The blind book-dating shelves:
It is simple: books are wrapped and you can only see a few keywords or a quote and you decide based on that. In the photo above are the two Young Adult options.
And these are the two science fiction options. But I wasn’t intrigued by any of them so I kept looking and I found the novels section:
Here I could only choose based on a quote, which is much harder than keywords.
After a lot or reading and re-reading of the six available quotes, I chose this one:
Of course I didn’t only buy this book 🙂
Anyway, I finally unwrapped my book and had my “date”:
Ta daaaa: Pnin, by Vladimir Nabokov
I hadn’t heard of that book but I enjoyed Lolita a lot.
The story: Professor Timofey Pnin is a haplessly disoriented Russian émigré precariously employed on an American college campus in the 1950s. Pnin struggles to maintain his dignity through a series of comic and sad misunderstandings, all the while falling victim both to subtle academic conspiracies and to the manipulations of a deliberately unreliable narrator.
Can’t wait to read both of my new books!