AS I AM NOW CO-HOSTING EXPLORING MY BOOKS WITH ADDLEPATES AND BOOK NERDS, OUR TOPIC THIS WEEK IS
An Aesthetic Cover
While not the most beautiful book cover in the world, I am drawn to the aesthetics of the 60th-anniversary edition of Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. As soon as I saw the cover I had to buy it. The simplicity of the imagery combined with the three color scheme makes this a dynamic cover. The matchbook/book image perfectly illustrates the novel without being overdrawn. For those who haven’t read Fahrenheit 451 yet, you should. Despite being a classic, this novel is a fast and interesting read that resonates.
Fahrenheit 451 BY Ray Bradbury
“Sixty years after its publication, Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 stands as a classic of world literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Today its message has grown more relevant than ever before.
“Fahrenheit 451- The temperature at which book paper catches fire and burns.”
Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden. Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But when he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known.
The sixtieth-anniversary edition commemorates Ray Bradbury’s masterpiece with a new introduction by Neil Gaiman; personal essays on the genesis of the novel by the author; a wealth of critical essays and reviews by Nelson Algren, Harold Bloom, Margaret Atwood, and others; rare manuscript pages and sketches from Ray Bradbury’s personal archive; and much more. Here, at last, is the definitive edition of a classic of world literature.“
WHICH OF YOUR BOOKS has AN AESTHETIC COVER?
WANT TO KNOW WHAT TOPICS WE HAVE DONE IN THE PAST?
To participate in the Exploring Your Bookshelf meme hosted by Addlepates and Bookworms and myself, here’s what you do:
- Post a picture of your bookshelf (preferably literal, but e-shelves work too).
- We’ll give you something about your shelf to write about. It might be your favourite cover, your favourite author, your book you most recently bought etc.
- Then give us the blurb and the cover of the book (and what you thought of it if you’ve read it)
- And finally, come back to one of our posts and send us a link! We promise to check out all of your posts!