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:
Current Read #23
Of the four books I'm currently reading, only one had more than two editions, so I decided to share the one with three: Alone on the Ice: The Greatest Survival Story in the History of Exploration by David Roberts. I have to say, it seems like every survival story I've ever read claims to be "the greatest," so that seems like quite a claim for the title, haha–but I've only just started it so who knows, maybe I'll end up agreeing! This is a nonfiction account of Australian Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and I've been eager to read it for a while. Let's go ahead and have a look at some covers for it.
2014 US Paperback
2013 US Hardcover
None of these stand out to me overmuch, but I do still think they are quite striking in their own right. I'm currently reading the US paperback and I like the bright color, but it doesn't really grab me with its design. The original Hardcover definitely reflects more of the terrain and struggles that the explorers deal with. I'm not very taken by the Hungarian cover, but it does seem to evoke a certain sense of melancholy or something like that. Which cover(s) do you like best?