The real reason why I should not like to be back in the book trade for life, however, is that while I was in it I lost my love of books. A bookseller cannot always tell the truth about his books, and that gives him a dislike for them. There was a time when I really did love books—loved the sight and smell and feel of them—if they were fifty or more years old, that is. Nothing pleased me quite so much as to buy a bargain lot of them on sale for several pounds. There is a peculiar flavour about the unexpected books you pick up in that kind of collection: little-known eighteenth-century poets, or out-of-date geography books. For occasional reading—in your bath, for example, or late at night when you are too tired to go to bed—there is nothing as good as a very old picture story-book.
I have two questions:
- In the passage, why does the author use simple present tense in the last two sentences (in bold) rathern than simple past tense?
- According to the passage, does the author love books again after he quit his job as a bookseller?