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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Engleby

When I first saw the Engleby cover, I immediately thought two things:

1. I really hope the character Engleby is a writer or editor, as that's the only thing the red letters suggest to me. (According to reviews, writing does play a large part in Engleby's life).


2. There are much better and subtle ways to have letters serve double-duty:

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow - this is so disappointing. The UK hardcover is pretty lame, but this is so messy. I wouldn't want to buy this book...

Ian S. said...

the second cover is great and we all know who did it. But that first cover is getting lost in itself for no reason... Looks like an editorial mark up...

Very sad.

Dean said...

Hmmm....I don't think the point of the letters was to be subtle or classy, as was the case in the Didion book. It looks like it was meant to be quirky, which seems to fit with the sales copy. I can't say I love that the sales copy is so big or the road that divides "Sebastian" and "Faulks," but I do find this cover intriguing enough to pick up and explore the content. It should be interesting to see if it's intriguing enough to sell.

Joseph said...

Dean, you might be right; "subtle" might not have been the best word to pick.

Ian S. said...

I would pick it up perhaps, but I would not get it. And I would not read it because it looks like a book on editorial markings.