I guess that a book with a subtitle this long needs an equally chaotic jacket.
Dear me, this one violates about every typographic rule I have ever heard of.
When I read the review I was wondering how they'd handle that sub-title...I guess this answers my question. It hurts my eyes though...
I would run screaming from this cover.
Really? I think this is a very very great cover. It gives off a very aimless, wandering vibe. No, it's not very attractive, but I'm sure the story itself is far from neat and tidy.
I might LOVE the book- but it might be one of those books where I handily craft my own jacket from a brown paper bag. The book itself sounds very fun. The cover not so much.
I have to say that this is growing on me. If you think of the chaos as all the hand-lettered signs you would see on the sides of roads, barns, in front of little shops, etc., it makes a kind of sense.
That's a hell of a subtitle. The cover does not make me want to read the book - but the book does.
The design does seem like an apt reflection of the scattered-sounding title / subtitle,and it's suggestive of that Beat Generation "cut-up" technique pioneered by Brion Gysin. The connection here is - Jack Kerouac, who did a famous "Cross Country" of his own ("On the Road"), - who was a key figure among the Beats and a contemporary of Brion Gysin, - who made the cut-up technique a graphic counterpart to the literary experimentalism of the Beats- which is demonstrated in this design ... for better or worseYes, I'll concede it's a bit of a stretch. And having said all this, I think a cut-up design is defensible for this cover, but the execution could have been better
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