Having been advised that I need to read The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by an individual on Twitter, I ordered myself a used copy from a US seller on Amazon a few weeks back. It was going cheap.
However, when I buy used I don’t expect to get a book with a personal message written to a man called Bert from a woman called Marge on the inside cover… as well as a “You Are a Great Person Award” which must have been for the same Bert that the book had been for.
It appears that Bert had been the member of a reader’s group and had been very well liked. The book itself is well thumbed, either read by the same person or many. And by the looks of things may have been on the shelf of a thrift store before being sold by the seller I dealt with on Amazon.
I’ve got this horrible feeling that Bert’s book is with me, because Bert died. The handwriting is in a form of cursive that only the older generations tend to use. The award and message in the cover talk of Bert leaving the group, because he was going to live in a new home.
The old dead guy theory also makes sense not just due to the handwriting and talk of moving, but because the.reading group talk about Bert being “knowledgeable” and they admired him for that. Hmmm, just who was this Bert really?
I’m keeping the book and will get round to reading it, but this had been the weirdest pre-owned item that I have ever bought. Ever.