What is the thesis to "Bookshop Memories" by George Orwell?

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George Orwell's often humorous 1936 essay "Bookshop Memories" takes a thesis suggesting that working in a bookshop will only turn one off of books—and, perhaps, book readers in general. There is a wide variety of people who shop at these bookstores, including snobs, judgmental wives, general nuisances, and much more.

Orwell also suggests that those who shop at these bookstores are often lying in regards to their interests; it is all a show, perhaps to look more intelligent and cultured than they actually are. Instead, Orwell suggests, one's true literary tastes can be found in their library rental history!

Orwell doesn't necessarily hold a contempt for bookshops or its clientele; he rather employs a vague frustration that suggests that, while often amusing and entertaining, bookshops only make the idea of shopping for books amongst these folks frustrating.

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Since "Bookshop Memories" is a reminiscence of a real part of George Orwell's life, it is true that in one sense the memory is the thesis. In another sense, it might be said that Orwell's thesis is the exploration into the psychology of customers who frequent the bookshop, a second hand bookshop and therefore more accessible to those of limited income, and  also make use of the shop's lending library.

Orwell has rather severe things to say about women of vague mindedness, people who are first edition "snobs," the slightly maladjusted who enjoy ordering expensive books for no purpose whatsoever having no intention of purchasing them (or--according to Orwell--of stealing them), and other regular bookshop types. [One thinks of the customer in the film Notting Hill who insists on lackadaisically asking for fiction in a travel book store.]

Orwell found that what he calls a person's true taste is exposed in a lending library and that it conflicts with their pretentious taste put on for show. But in another sense, Orwell's conclusion--based as it is on his descriptions of the frequenters of a second bookshop--that he wouldn't want to run a bookshop may be his final thesis.

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