To all the bookshops I've loved before

People in a bookshop, especially a smaller store, rarely stay a stranger, says the writer. ST ILLUSTRATION: CEL GULAPA
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SINGAPORE - "Hello sir," he says to the younger man, wearing the smile of a practised salesman. Tall and courteous, there is something old world about him. At 71, his hair is a fast-receding wave of silver and he sits by the door of a forest of words.

He is the tale teller and the story seller. He is the bookshop man.

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