Friday, September 28, 2018

The Friday Face-Off: A Cover Featuring Eyes

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe.

I felt that it was time to join in another Friday Face-Off, so here we go!

This week's topic is:
Eyes wide shut' – a cover featuring eyes

So while looking through some book covers in an attempt to find one for this week, I found many covers that had close ups of faces or a half of a face that showed eyes, but hardly any with just one eye. I wanted to try to find something that was more focused on the eyes specifically, and there are a lot of books out there with eyes on the cover, but it seems I haven't read them. I settled on The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami because I love the eyes that are on the cover--they have a really fun cartoon style, but there's also more to them which fits the mysterious and unpredictable atmosphere of the short book. I was disappointed to see that only one other edition also had the eyes, but I loved all the other covers so much that I just wanted to share all of them and use it for this week's topic, so here we are!

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami

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US Knopf 2014 PB || US Harvill Secker 2014 HC || Persian Edition

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French Edition || Arabic Edition || Turkish Edition

My choice:

The Strange Library 
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I'm choosing U.S. cover as my favorite probably because it's the one I read and I just love those eyes, but I also love the French and Arabic editions! They all have something to do with the story and I  think they are all so well done, particularly the Arabic one.

Which covers do you like best?

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  1. I like US Harvill Secker 2014 HC the best, but it doesn't fit in with the rest of the covers so I am guessing it doesn't fit the book very well?

    1. It is surprisingly different, though I'd say it still fits the book since it does take place in a library. I wonder why other editions didn't go with a similar theme!

  2. I've never heard of this before!I think the US and the French are my favorites.

    1. It's a short little book, but such a delight! I love their designs. :)

  3. I love the one with the crow. It’s a bit creepy when books have eyes. Then they stare at me from the nightstand while I’m sleeping.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!