This week we are celebrating National Book Lover’s Day with books that we think every book lover should read.
My pick for this week is The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde. This is the first book in the Thursday Next Series and it kicks off with Jane Eyre being plucked from the pages of her book and Thursday Next having to thwart a literary homicide.
Who wouldn’t love to travel between the pages of their favorite books?
Now let’s have a look at the international covers of this book.
These are the original hardcover and paperback editions for The Eyre Affair. The covers are really similar in aesthetic but I prefer the paperback book. The idea of a book and it’s contents being under guard is part of the story.
My favorite covers for this book are the English, German, and Spanish editions. They’re all very different covers but I think they all capture the spirit of the book.
The English cover is a redesign, I believe, but I find this cover inviting. The way Thursday is stepping out from the book gives you a bit of an idea of the plot and the spooky lettering is a nice extra touch.
The German cover draws on many Jane Eyre covers but it still finds a way to put its own spin on things. I think the cover is really nice and I love the little touch of the dodo bird.
The Spanish cover is the most playful of the three. I am not entirely sure what is going on here, but I definitely want to pick the book up when I see it.
Least Favorite Covers
This book has some really awful and confusing covers. My least favorites are the French, Portuguese, and Polish version. I want to believe that the world just didn’t know how to handle a book like this back in 2003 when it was first printed, because some of these covers just don’t make sense.
Let’s start with the French cover. The back jacket copy states that cloning is a reality in this universe and that dodos are the resurrected pet of choice, but I fail to see how cloning a dodo bird is anywhere near the main plot of this book?
The Portuguese cover looks a bit like a comic book to me. While it has a literary reference it doesn’t jump out at me the same way some of my favorite covers do and I find the composition a little off-putting.
The Polish cover brings back memories of a book I read as a child. I can’t quite place it but the illustration here just doesn’t look like something that I would pick up in a store.
And, that about wraps it up for this edition of Book Traveling Thursday. Have you read The Eyre Affair? What is your recommendation for a book that everyone should read?