Friday, May 22, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Sorrow

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme 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. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
Sorrow – a cover that makes you feel sad

This topic actually ended up being a little trickier than I expected. I kept seeing covers and thinking "oh yeah, that definitely makes me sad," before realizing that it was knowing what was inside the story that made me sad and not necessarily the cover itself. Eventually, I came across In the Forest by Edna O'Brien and thought that the overarching sort of sadness that permeates the story (in addition to the dark and occasionally creepy atmosphere) matched the cover of the edition I read (first cover below) really well in terms of evoking that sadness. It's a fairly dark book and the entire time I read it I just felt this deep sadness at the entire situation, so it seems a good fit for this week on a number of levels.
I also thought A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World makes me feel a bit sad looking at it, but it only has three different covers so I'm just going to add those on at the end.

In the ForestNa FlorestaIn The Forest
2003 US Paperback | 2019 Portuguese | 2003 UK Paperback

In the ForestIn het woudDans la forêt
2002 US Hardcover | 2002 Dutch | 2003 French

Στο δάσοςV gozduMetsas
2004 Modern Greek | 2019 Slovenian |  2012 Estonian

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the World by C.A. Fletcher

A Boy and His Dog at the End of the WorldA Boy and His Dog at the End of the WorldChlapec a jeho pes na konci světa
2019 US Hardcover | 2019 Large Print Edition | 2019 Czech

My choice(s):
In the ForestA Boy and His Dog at the End of the World
Okay, so I really love the US paperback that I read, but this 2002 US Hardcover version is so beautiful! The design is so detailed and I love the classic look it has. And as far as A Boy and His Dog goes, I just really like the original cover style, the way the title color changes and the silhouette of the dog, the colors, etc., I just think it looks great!

What cover(s) do you like the most!?


  1. I love that first cover of In the Forest. And I never thought about A Boy and his Dog being a sad cover, but it does feel a little melancholy now that I think about it😁

  2. Ooh, that's a hard topic to relay on a cover - I think the 2003 US In the Forest feels kind of sad to me.