Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Bizarre, Saturnalian Cover

1967 Bantam paperback edition of Thomas Pynchon's The Crying of Lot 49*

I love old paperback art, and this one is no exception. Paisley designs should be integrated into far more book covers.

Also, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in a bizarre, off-the-wall, novel that still manages to retain a concrete hold on its plot and characters. (It's also short!) Pynchon's prose expresses the most everyday actions in strikingly unique ways, and for that I adore it.

* I hate it when items that normally appear in italics (i.e. book titles) appear inside other items that normally appear in italics (i.e. picture captions) so that the italics cancel each other out and the former must then be unitalicized. It just looks wrong to me.

1 comment:

Pete said...

For absolutely no reason, I hate when any male uses the word "adore". I actually cringe when I hear them say it. I've felt that way for a very long time and I don't know why. I'm not saying you shouldn't use that word anymore, I'm just sharing a character flaw or quirk of mine that always makes me wonder about it.

Also, are blogs written for personal enjoyment and then shared, or are they written for others to enjoy? Just a random thought, because it makes a difference in how I should comment.