Weekly geeks 2009-05: Judge a book by its cover

This week’s topic at the Weekly Geeks: Judge a Book By Its Cover! This week it’s all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book–any book, really–and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)…Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favourite? Which one is your least favourite? Which one best ‘captures’ what the book is about? felix_krull I chose to have a look at the covers of one of my favourite books, "Confessions of Felix Krull, confidence man" by Thomas Mann. The book was written between 1909 -1911 and 1950 – 1954. Most of the covers are nondescript, probably because publishers nowadays think that a book by Thomas Mann doesn’t need a fancy cover. The oldest covers here are the blue one, third row, second from left from 1954 (English version) and the first one from left, second row also from 1954 (German version). The newest one is the purple one, bottom row, second from right from 2006. The book is being re-published constantly in Germany, obviously it is still a bestseller. The cover I prefer is the American one on the bottom right from 1992 because it gives a vintage impression and pictures a young man who looks rather smart and dandy like – exactly the way Felix Krull would be. If you would like to know more about this book, you can check it out on wikipedia in English (very short entry) or on wikipedia in German (extremely detailed). There is also an image of more covers from even earlier starting 1922, when a first part, the childhood, was published. Oh, btw, there is also a very good TV mini series with John Moulder-Brown as Felix Krull, which I highly recommend. Moulder-Brown is absolutely perfect for the part, you shouldn’t miss his performance.

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  1. I’ve not heard of the book, but from what you described I would have to agree with the bottom right cover. I like vintage, old looking covers anyway. Thanks for visiting my blog. I’ve enjoyed reading yours – will come back to visit.

    Robin of My Two Blessings


  2. I would have to say that my favorite was the English one you mention from 1954. I’m not familiar with this book; I’lll have to go do some research. THank you!


  3. I haven’t read this but it sounds really intriguing. I really like the first cover, on the top left. Also the purple one with the hand holding the gloves, second to the last.


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