That ‘Zing’ in a Book Cover

Here comes the last post on the ‘Book Cover’ series for the A2Z challenge. I didn’t wish to write about just another book cover so here goes this post exploring some of my favourite book covers. The little zing on the book cover holds the enthusiasm of the reader and lures them to the cash … Continue reading That ‘Zing’ in a Book Cover

A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: Book Cover Designs

‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ by James Joyce is a Classic published in 1916. After reading ‘Dubliners’ by James Joyce, I was keen on reading his next book and to include his greatest creation, ‘Ulysses’ on my TBR. However, I found ‘A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man’ before … Continue reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: Book Cover Designs

Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xinjiang: Book Cover Designs

I discovered Gao Xinjiang’s writing last year with ‘Soul Mountain’ while doing the A2Z challenge. Gao Xinjiang won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 2000. Choosing an exile from China in 1987, he settled in Paris and completed ‘Soul Mountain’. ‘Soul Mountain’ is a book that draws from the author’s biographical account of … Continue reading Buying a Fishing Rod for My Grandfather by Gao Xinjiang: Book Cover Designs

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: Book Cover Designs

‘The White Tiger’ was one random pick. Obviously, the ‘Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2008’ worked its charm though I had no clue about its author, Aravind Adiga. The cover also threw some doubts; it felt more like holding a graphic novel than a collection from the serious Booker Prize awarded types. The White … Continue reading The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga: Book Cover Designs

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: Book Cover Designs

‘The Da Vinci Code’ by Dan Brown is a special book for me. The book was published in 2003 and immediately had trekked the globe to become the bestseller. Everyone around me was either reading the book or had already read this book. I joined the bandwagon; borrowed the book from a friend and was … Continue reading The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown: Book Cover Designs

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Cover Designs

‘Unaccustomed Earth’ is the third book by Jhumpa Lahiri published in 2008. I remember when ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ had come out in the year 1999; Jhumpa Lahiri’s name had created a huge buzz in the modern literary circles. Jhumpa Lahiri further cemented the place for her with ‘Namesake’ in 2003. Her third book came after … Continue reading Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri: Book Cover Designs

The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh: Book Cover Designs

"It is here, there is a point at which the braid comes undone, when Lord Shiva's matted hair is washed apart into vast, knotted tangle. Once past this point, the river throws off its bindings and separates into hundreds, maybe thousands of tangled strands." In ‘The Hungry Tide’, Amitav Ghosh takes you to one of … Continue reading The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh: Book Cover Designs

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: Book Cover Designs

“I remember, in no particular order: a shiny inner wrist;steam rising from a wet sink as a hot frying pan is laughingly tossed into it;…gouts of sperm circling a plughole, before being sluiced down the full length of a tall house;a river rushing nonsensically upstream, its wave and wash lit by half a dozen chasing … Continue reading The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes: Book Cover Designs

Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse: Book Cover Designs

I am a late entrant to Wodehouse’s world of ‘Wooster and Jeeves’. And, I must say I missed out on this marvelous setting of romantic comedy. ‘Right Ho, Jeeves’ is the second full-length novel after ‘Thank You, Jeeves’ with the hilarious duo of ‘Bertie Wooster and Jeeves’ that was published in 1934. 'The Plot' before … Continue reading Right Ho, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse: Book Cover Designs

(Q) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: Book Cover Designs

Let’s get on a literary trip to Spain, 400-years-back in history. In your head, aren’t the knights a commonplace phenomenon of the past, lives choking with adventures of treasure hunts, fighting the battle, freeing the slaves and killing the monsters? No, this isn’t ‘The Odyssey’ era; human lives were perhaps as mundane as it is … Continue reading (Q) Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes: Book Cover Designs

Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: Book Cover Designs

Frankly, I had no clue on Stephen Kelman until I searched on the internet half-way through his debut book – Pigeon English. When I bought ‘Pigeon English’, the cover said it is shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011. But, my intrigue was purely for the title and the beautiful blue cover, with the picture … Continue reading Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman: Book Cover Designs

The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway: Book Cover Designs

What could be the book cover ideas for a title as direct as ‘The Old Man and The Sea’? You get the image of an ‘Old Man’ and ‘the Sea’ in the first instance. ‘The Old Man and The Sea’ is the story of an old experienced fisherman, named Santiago facing a dry spell of … Continue reading The Old Man and The Sea by Ernest Hemingway: Book Cover Designs

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: Book Cover Designs

‘Norwegian Wood’ was my first foray into Murakami’s world. I was quite surprised to know that 'Norwegian Wood' was published in 1987 and I hardly knew of it for so long. I guess the fascination for an all-encompassing literature beyond the US-UK landscape is more recent. I am not a music lover, and as for … Continue reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami: Book Cover Designs

Milkman by Anna Burns: Book Cover Designs

Milkman! First thoughts…a great feminist book. Second thoughts mostly overwhelmed by the hubbub of the Booker Prize winner in 2018. An Overview An eighteen-year-old girl, the protagonist stalked by an older man. A story set in the nineteen-seventies perhaps in Belfast, Ireland during the ‘Troubles’ (a period of ethno-nationalist conflict in Northern Ireland from 1968 … Continue reading Milkman by Anna Burns: Book Cover Designs

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: Book Cover Designs

I bought ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ the year after it won the prestigious ‘Booker Prize’. At the bookshop, I was oscillating between ‘Lincoln in the Bardo’ by George Saunders and ‘The Blind Assassin’ by Margaret Atwood. Well, Atwood being Atwood and Saunders being relatively unknown to me at that point…I should have technically Googled and … Continue reading Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders: Book Cover Designs

Kim by Rudyard Kipling: Book Cover Designs

'Kim' is one of the most celebrated works of Rudyard Kipling. Well, perhaps next to ‘The Jungle Book’ after Disney took charge of presenting the story on celluloid. I read 'Kim' in school in its abridged form. It left me with an innate desire to go back to the affable old Buddhist monk and the … Continue reading Kim by Rudyard Kipling: Book Cover Designs

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: Book Cover Designs of this Classic

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë needs no introduction. Jane Eyre walked into my life when I was in high school as a prize for academic achievement. Though, I didn’t open this book until I got out of school. I was deceived by the ‘Puffin Classics’ printed on top of the cover. Puffin Classics has published … Continue reading Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë: Book Cover Designs of this Classic

If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino: Book Cover Designs

'If on a winter’s night a traveller' by Italo Calvino is eccentric to the core. Did I go by the book cover? No, it was the word of mouth that led me to this beautiful piece of literature. An incomplete statement ‘If on a winter’s night a traveller’ makes for a rather unusual and intriguing … Continue reading If On A Winter’s Night A Traveller by Italo Calvino: Book Cover Designs

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Book Cover Designs

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood haunts you like none other in the dystopian genre. I couldn’t sleep for the nights I was cliff-hanging onto Offred’s story. I wasn’t distinctively drawn towards dystopia until, of course, Orwell’s 1984 happened to me. ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ had been on my list for long and then, one day … Continue reading The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood: Book Cover Designs

Forrest Gump by Winston Groom: Book Cover Designs

In this letter to the book cover, I have to work backward. ‘Forrest Gump’ the book happened to me after the movie. As a child from the 90s growing up in India, I didn’t have much access to English movies. And, when I did, I was completely bowled over by Tom Hanks. At one point … Continue reading Forrest Gump by Winston Groom: Book Cover Designs