ESLITE BOOKSTORE 誠品書店 (a 24-hour a day quest for books)


他媽的這世界! (Curse this world!)

Attention grasping, sharp to the point, aptly crude, and splendidly portrays the whiny tone of a self centred teenage kid in just a few words. Now compare this to the elusive original book title “The Catcher in the Rye”- too poetic, abstract, head scratchingly incomprehensible, and oddly unbefitting to the self-obsessive and depressive character of the protagonist. I love the Mandarin adopted title much better (despite how unpolished or obscene it might sound).

And I love even more how the bookstore displays books in their original and translated versions side by side to each other. I love the sparkling clean wooden floor and the very inviting low deck steps, which made very comfortable seats for the many avid readers. I love how time seems to have frozen beneath the wooden ceiling and its tiny star-like lamps, and I love how the bookstore provides unlimited time for the eager explorers to fulfill their quest to unearth the gems hidden within those literatures of diverse exotic backgrounds and cultures.

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Useful Information (誠品敦南店)


2 minutes walk from Exit 6 of忠孝敦化 (Zhong Xiao Dun Hua) MRT station, Taipei.

Opening time:

24 hours, 7 days a week


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