Friday, November 7, 2014

Paperback 829: Up Above the World / Paul Bowles (Pocket Books 75222)

Paperback 829: Pocket Books 75222 (1st ptg, 1968)

Title: Up Above the World
Author: Paul Bowles
Cover artist: Harry Bennett

Estimated Value: $9


Best things about this cover:
  • Ooh, I love legitimate fiction. So classy.
  • Swamp glove monkey scarf something something.
  • Attempt to break most obscure Guinness World Record goes horribly, unspeakably wrong.
  • There was a brief, terrible period in the '60s where cover artist just mashed all pictorial elements together into ugly globs.


Best things about this back cover:
  • Paul Bowles! That name again … Paul Bowles! Thanks, boring cover.
  • "… with mere strokes of words" (so *that's* how writing works)
  • I want to change "gifts" to "cocks" in that last blurb. Just 'cause.

Page 123~

She hesitated and took a sip of coffee. "But what have we got in common?"


[Follow Rex Parker on Twitter and Tumblr]


Miss Maggie said...

"...among the best and most artistically serious of our black entertainers..."?!? Special.

Zeke said...

@Miss Maggie - It's black as in macabre, not African American. Bowles was white.

Monsieur Iguana said...

Looking at the cover, can we be sure he wasn't heliotrope-chartreuse?