for any idealist who dreams of opening their own bookstore, this is the place i would open. well mine would be cleaner and have working toilets and showers, but this is the place. a meandering book octopus, with beds amongst the stacks for struggling writers and bohemians. run by a communist who dreams big and doesn't much care for money, Shakespeare and Company is an ideal book oasis for those down on their luck, or who just want to experience a book commune. a wonderful magical tale. not recommended for the jaded or remotely realistic.