“The author went through that added effort, there was that personal connexion, a give and take of the book. It doesn’t seem right that it should be for sale, deeply discounted, in some dusty used bookstore. And the book should mean a little more, at least to the dedicatee.” M A Orthofer at The Complete Review discovers firsthand what happens to some dedicated copies. The Babu seems to remember that it was when V S Naipaul disposed of one of Paul Theroux’s signed works in similar fashion that the trouble started between those two.

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