So, I just finished Sophrosyne by Marianne Apostolides last night. While I’m working on my review (To come on Nov. 23), I wanted to share with you the dramatic cover of this complex story. Like it’s cover, this story is a work of art. Both are contemplative and really, are open to much interpretation. I love professional artwork used for a book’s cover art. The contrast between the black, white, and red on this cover is so striking and alluring, you can’t help but return your glance to it again and again. This cover reminds me of the saying, “things aren’t always black and white.” This is a story about philosophy and what it means to be human. Although it’s cover is in drawn in these two colours, the story itself certainly isn’t black and white. As Alexandros encounters, words carry various meanings and interpretations. We can attempt to define these words, but we will find their meanings vast and often subjective. The painting on this cover is breathtaking. It points to the concept of interpretation, explored so deeply within the story’s pages.
Sophrosyne | Marianne Apostolides | BookThug | September 2014 | ISBN 9781771660501