Funky Cover Friday

Hello all, and happy Friday! What are you reading today? I’ve started working on The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. It’s actually quite good so far and I’ve heard very good things about it. It’s pulled a few chuckles out of me. Have any of you read it? What did you think?

As you all know from my recent review, I just finished Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and it put me in a Haruki Murakami kind of mood this week, if such a thing exists. Reading Tsukuru’s story reminded me of a cover that I came across nearly a year ago for a book that I have yet to read. Another Murakami, of course. I am in love with the cover for The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle. If ever a cover has drawn me to a cover, it’s this one. When you lay the cover out flat, the bird covers the both the front and back jacket. The image is so close that it takes a moment to really process what you’re seeing: a wind-up bird probably made of tin. The colours are striking and the placement of the type just so around the painted eye is such a focused and attention-grabbing design. Based on the cover alone, this is a book I need to own.

Wind-up_Bird_ChronicleThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicles / Haruki Murakami / 1994 / Knopf / ISBN: 9780965341981

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