The Clothing of Books

The Clothing of Books How do you clothe a book In this deeply personal reflection Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer Probing the

  • Title: The Clothing of Books
  • Author: Jhumpa Lahiri
  • ISBN: 9780525432753
  • Page: 399
  • Format: Paperback
  • How do you clothe a book In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform explains what book jackets and design hHow do you clothe a book In this deeply personal reflection, Pulitzer Prize winning author Jhumpa Lahiri explores the art of the book jacket from the perspectives of both reader and writer Probing the complex relationships between text and image, author and designer, and art and commerce, Lahiri delves into the role of the uniform explains what book jackets and design have come to mean to her and how, sometimes, the covers become a part of me.

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    1. Jhumpa Lahiri is fast becoming one of my favorite go-to contemporary authors. She writes luscious prose about timely issues in both English and Italian, and her short stories contain such depth that she practically tells an entire novel in each one. I am always on alert to see if one my preferred authors has written a new book, and, while I was not met with euphoria that she had written a new full length novel, I did discover an essay penned by Lahiri in Italian last year entitled The Clothing o [...]

    2. 74 pages on thoughts on book covers. Yup. But it was quite fascinating. I'm a huge Jhumpa Lahiri fan and have read all her books. I was recently looking at my library list of new audio books and saw this was there. I was so excited and immediately started it. In The Clothing of Books, Lahiri details how she feels about book covers, really feels about them. She has published 5 books and that sums up to over 100 different book covers/jackets. 100 different! Different covers for hardcover, paperbac [...]

    3. Believe me, it’s such a glorious feeling to find out that one of your favourite authors has written a book on the topic you feel passionate about. And as far as Jhumpa Lahiri is concerned, it has happened to me twice. In 2015 she published 'In Altre Parole' ('In Other words'), a book about her love for the Italian language, which I share in 100% or even more, and in 2016 an essay on book covers, 'The Clothing of Books'. I must make a confession here: I’ve been obsessed with book covers since [...]

    4. When I saw the blurb for this book, I was really intrigued. As a former art history major in college and a voracious reader, I was immediately interested in the relationship between a book cover and the content inside. Understanding and interpreting art has been a passion of mine, so I figured that this book would delve into the intersection of art and reading. However, this book let me down. Big time. The Clothing of Books is 80 pages of filler. What is written here can be summarized in a short [...]

    5. I meaaaan, it is a book about books (well, book covers) by Jhumpa Lahiri. I am literally the exact target audience for this essay collection.

    6. This interesting short work from Lahiri is from a speech given fairly recently. It is very specifically on book covers as the outer presentation of the words they represent. It is not about the art of book covers but more about the theoretical presence, existence of book covers themselves. It is a very thoughtful presentation and really made me think back to various times in my life, how I approached books, what use I made of the information on covers, what I might be gaining or losing from the [...]

    7. This was a cute little essay, readable in less than an hour. An interesting dissection into the thought behind the book jacket, what it means and does for the book, and what it represents to both reader and author.I liked it because it's sort of an awakening. Often readers don't give much thought to a book jacket, yet someone is designing them, someone is behind the decision to place this jacket on a book versus that jacket. I was interested to hear that the author has less input than I'd though [...]

    8. A perfect gift for any book lover, this little essay delves into how a book's cover changes our perception of the book's contents. Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jhumpa Lahiri perfectly describes the transformation that comes over a book by the simple act of changing its clothes. I adored this essay and can already think of half a dozen people I'd love to give this adorable book.

    9. Before getting into what the book is all about, I wonder why this should have been a book. I mean it is a slightly lengthy essay. At 72 pages - 40 pages if a regular font face and all the space is used - it is the size of a short story. So I felt, at 200 bucks, it was just a money making exercise cashing in on the tremendous popularity of the author. But thinking abt it another way, Jhumpa could have bloated it to say 100+ pages easily if she had so desired. So I guess she had written something [...]

    10. This tiny book (70 something pages) is about the relationship between the words in a book and its cover art. Lahiri's book is derived from a talk she gave in Italy, her adoptive home at least part time, about the import of jacket cover art plays both in the perception of what a certain book is about and how it impacts authors. This doesn't sound like the most scintillating of topics but Lahiri makes it interesting. Her main theses is a broader one about how people are conflicted because they bot [...]

    11. ARC to review - EPD November 15, 2016. This slight volume (it was originally presented as a keynote speech given at a festival in Italy in 2015, then expanded) explores book covers and jackets - what they mean to readers and to the writers whose books they cover and it's a fascinating, very thorough explanation of the topic. Early on she notes that often she is forced to accept book covers that she doesn't like and, while does accedes, she is still resentful - it's so interesting that the work i [...]

    12. Thank You to Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of Jhumpa Lahiri's, The Clothing of Books, in exchange for an honest reviewOT- In this short, non-fiction book, award-winning author, Jhumpa Lahiri, explains the process that the publishing industry uses to create book covers. She explores her own feelings on book covers, as both an avid reader and famous author. LIKE- I'm a huge, huge fan of Lahiri, and I was thrilled for the opportunity to review, The Clothing of Books. [...]

    13. I am one of those people who are very often the cover of a book. Once in a while, I am mentioning in my book reviews, if necessary, aspects related to the cover, because I still think that the cover should be the perfect expression of the book content. Unfortunately, it doesn't happen too often to notice many spectacular book covers, in many cases recognizing the same patterns used for various titles - the most frequent one being the different colour mix used initially for the Big Magic, by Eliz [...]

    14. It still bothers me a little that I have to read in English something that the author originally wrote in Italian, but ok; this is a short essay about the importance of the cover for the books. and it's really interesting because she points out things about the cover that I never realized or even thought about, and it's funny considering how many books I have at home, but I think that with so many ebooks it can also be understood.Mi da ancora leggermente fastidio dover leggere in inglese qualcos [...]

    15. There are probably only a very few insightful things anyone could say about book cover design. Lahiri has said them here, and also said several other things. I do judge books by their cover, sometimes wisely, sometimes not. In this case, neither the cover nor what was inside proved to be all that terribly interesting. Still, one or two things I took away to think about.

    16. Did the cover of this book match the spirit of the book? Would a naked book (sans the jacket) have been more appropriate? Can an image, any image, resonate between two people and convey an idea losslessly? Also, why is this not a blog entry?

    17. 'The Clothing of Books' sits at the confluence of a slightly academic essay, personal memories and personal opinion. But neither of them overwhelm the other. What you get is a very interesting dissection of the relationship Lahiri shares with the cover art for books and how it impacts her as an author. I loved this book and the way she writes and I can't recommend it enough. March is definitely turning out to be a superlative month for reading.

    18. I loved every book by Jhumpa Lahiri and I read all of them that are stories and novels. I loved the The Namesake, Interpreter of Maladies, The Lowland and Unaccustomed Earth.I didn't like this one much, and I think it is because she brings a very specific opinion because she is talking about the clothing and covers of her books, and that is always different when someone else creates a cover to something that you created. It is always harder, but I find that I do not share her opinions because I [...]

    19. This is an intriguing, wafer thin book, which stimulates much thought on a topic which seems of little import. It is based upon a talk which Lahiri had given in Italy, where she had been living. She presented many angles for viewing the purpose and result of book covers. We all know the saying not to “judge a book by its cover”, but most of us do and the author states her case about why this is true.Many thoughts on the presentation of book covers are given, both negative or positive. Briefl [...]

    20. Big fan of the author, but this essay did not impress me.An unsympathetic reading might conclude "it does not take 60+ pages for an author to establish that authors sometimes feel uncomfortable with the covers given to their books." The most charitable response I had was that I actually do not recall reading about book covers before, though I'm sure I've heard authors discuss them at book signings.In response to the most obvious question, the section on the Penguin covers was very short -- not l [...]

    21. This book is a little slip of a thing - a really long essay printed in book form, clocking in at 74 pages in the paperback version and an hour in this audiobook version. Between my morning commute and my lunch break, I listened to the whole thing. It is a lovely meditation on art, books, appearances, impressions, aesthetics, and consumerism. If you like books about books and getting philosophical about book covers, you'll enjoy this. And even if you don't enjoy it, you'll finish it quickly. 😋 [...]

    22. A literary essay about book covers!? As a graphic artist and voracious reader, I can think of few subjects more tailored to my tastes than this one. But this slim volume (only an hour in audio) is nothing special. It turns out an hour is a long time when the basic message is "Sometimes I like my book covers, and sometimes I don't" in ten different ways. Completely disappointing.

    23. Probably works better as a speech. On the one hand it is an insightful essay on how book covers are not the book and could actually do a disservice to the writer and the content of the novel, but on the other hand it's a navel gazing ramble by a writer who does not love most of her own covers.

    24. This was delightful, pairing well with Lahiri's In Other Words which I read recently. A must-read for every bibliophile.

    25. To remain torn between two roads, two impulses is a strong, unassailable feeling. A feeling that burns, consumes. This is a feeling that Jhumpa has brought to all of her works, whether it was in the demeanor of an Interpreter of Maladies short, or in the gorgeously neurotic, autobiographical In Other Words. The Clothing of Books--great title, great topic--is wasted on little substance and even littler spiritual connection to the subject. The essay, which intends to lament the disconnect between [...]

    26. The Clothing of Books was originally delivered as a talk Jhumpa Lahiri gave in Italy, in Italian. It has been translated from Italian to English, which is Lahiri's native language, and is now available in book form, about 80 pages long. Now, all that is pretty interesting, but I will bet you did not stop to ask what Lahiri wore while she gave the talk. It's irrelevant, obviously. So why should we care what the cover of the book looks like? Perhaps you don't, but I do, and so does Lahiri. Lahiri [...]

    27. While this book, an essay really, is only 80 pages long there isn't much here here. Lahiri likes some of her covers and doesn't like others. We learn that she has little say in what clothes her book but that's it. I think it would be compelling at a shorter length, maybe as an article in the New Yorker, but it doesn't grab me here.Lahiri would like it if more English-language books were dressed up in uniforms. I wanted to ask if she's ever strolled down a genre aisle. Harlequin Presents fits her [...]

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