Images of a Sichuan university sudent’s staggering collection of over 2000 books – all carefully stacked in his dormitory room – have gone viral on the Internet. Apparently he has read most of them, and scored an impressive mark of 410 points under the Department of Philosophy’s examinations.
According to NetEase, his books cover a diverse range of topics and authors from various backgrounds, including international and domestic philosophical and literary works by authors such as Freud, Shakespeare, Pushkin and Lu Xun. According to netizens, the owner of the books is named Zhou Qing Yun, nicknamed the “school tyrant” for his formidable academic performance.
However, Zhou declined to speak to the press as he said that he wished to retain a low profile, and did not want people to think that he was seeking fame through his book collection. Schoolmates say that he is seldom active on social media and uses an ordinary black-and-white mobile phone. He prefers buying books to borrowing them because he likes making notes on the margins of the pages, and also feels that books offer a more tangible quality.
According to schoolmates, he is also not a mere bookworm. He’s musically proficient, can play the guitar and sings decently well, and is also a good cook. Zhou has previously also considered the prospect of opening up a “public library” from his university dorm room, which could allow others to borrow books from his massive collection for free.