It’s Funky Cover Friday! Welcome, welcome, everyone. I’ve been thinking long and hard this week about both this week’s and the upcoming weeks’ covers. I’ve decided to pull from books that I haven’t read yet, are recently out, or are coming out in the near future. I’ve been adding so many new books to my Goodreads to-read list and there are so many new and exciting book covers this fall. The one below is from Harvest by Jim Crace.
I love the asymmetrical arrangement of the typeface and the image and the use of whitespace along the left hand side. Right away there is a balance between something and nothing. I find the whitespace to be very contemplative–a pause before you reach the right hand side where ominous chaos lives. The smoke is so threatening, just beginning its destruction on the “h” of the title. The lettering of the author’s name looks like its been burned on with a brand. This whole cover hints at the destruction of fire. This is a beautiful cover, not over complicated, but its tone is clear. This is a cover, without a doubt, that would encourage me to pick this up off the shelf.
What do you think of Crace’s cover? What feelings does it evoke in you?
Harvest / Jim Crace / Nan A. Talese, Knopf Doubleday / 9780385520775 / February 2013