Title: The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Author: Carson McCullers
Cover artist: uncredited
Yours for: $10
Best things about this cover:
- I'm going to go with "the font." I don't really like this cover.
- Why does this cover make me think the story takes place in China. I fell like this should be the cover of a Pearl S. Buck novel.
- Orange rules, as a color.
- That red drawing of a carnival is so incredibly tiny that I can hardly believe anyone OK'd its inclusion on the cover. What's it supposed to signify? It's too small to create much visual interest, and it bears no clear (or unclear) relation to the main painting. Just weird.
Best things about this back cover:
- "I am Carson McCullers and I am looking at you. Yes I am."
- "... an enduring masterpiece that will live on" — yeah, that's what "enduring" things tend to do. Ugh.
- What is "savage tenderness?" Is that when a native boy gently pats your brow? Or ... what? Was the design of this book (incl. decisions about cover copy) just given over to some intern? The whole thing feels ... not laughably bad, but just off.
Grandpa scratched his ear with a matchstick. 'Somebody got to stay home.'
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P.S. Tomorrow begins the University Book Sale. I will be there when it starts and will not leave until I have acquired much goodness. I may have to bring helper monkeys to make sure nothing sweet gets by me. Look for the fruits of my labor beginning Sunday.