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Book Covers I Like

Clare Dudman had an entry about book covers that people found particularly memorable. It appears to be gone now, which is odd, but maybe it's just one of those magic things that happen with blogline accounts, which keep all the phantom and deleted entries people make. At any rate, I read the entry and you did not, and now I can tell you, in all honesty, she had a long range of covers featuring ball gags and leather. Yes. Absolutely. Totally. Would I lie?*

Anyhow, it pretty much brought to my mind the hardcover dust jacket for Michael Chabon's excellent The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

Which is much, much cooler in real life, as it stretches around the whole book, and has the blue clad superhero from the novel leaning out into his punch, and his screaming girlfriend on the back. There's lots to like about the image: the colours, the simple, but strong lines, and the pulp without camp look to it. Of course, the real joy of the cover is that he's punching out Hitler. Because not enough covers do that.

* It was Roddy Doyle's Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha.


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Apr. 5th, 2006 12:36 am (UTC)
and don't nobody forget it
Apr. 5th, 2006 01:42 am (UTC)
The trade paperback cover is pretty cool too.
Apr. 5th, 2006 12:51 pm (UTC)
nah, i never liked that trade cover. they had a nice white cover here in aus for the paperback, though.
Apr. 8th, 2006 04:45 am (UTC)
Book cover post
Hi Ben - post now reinstated...I didn't think anyone had spotted it.

Apr. 8th, 2006 06:19 am (UTC)
Re: Book cover post
hey clare--

sorry, i didn't mean to make you put it back! heh. i was just having a bit of fun, but i liked the post, and what you had written. those blogline accounts are great for keeping the odd deleted thing, though :)
Apr. 8th, 2006 08:06 pm (UTC)
Book covers etc
Glad you did, Ben. Thought your post pretty funny - though I don't think you should give away all my secrets like that - heh heh. I mucked around with the post and lost it - easy to put something back in its place though.

Also this is a bit weird - I'd never heard of this Michael Chabon book before - now someone I've never heard of has written a comment on my blog today and this Chabon is one of her three favourite books. I think the god of books is telling me to read it
Apr. 8th, 2006 10:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Book covers etc
i'm a terrible person with secrets, you know? i just can't keep them. it's my real shame ;)

anyhow, chabon is certainly a fine writer, and KAVALIER AND CLAY is most certainly his best book to date. it's a big, dense, layered thing about comics, world war two, being jewish, homosexuality, stage magicians and, believe it or not, gollems. it manages to come together just right in pretty much every way. it gets my full recommendation.
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