The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

I love the cover of The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi. Each individual thing is familiar, but their juxtapositions jar and excite. Dirigibles drift past pale skyscrapers whose spires dominate the background like cathedrals dedicated to money. In the foreground an elephant towers over men leading it through a cluttered southeast Asian marketplace. Old clashes with new. Both clash with something outside known time. A rusted fringe surrounds the edges of the scene, which is faded like an old photograph. Studying the cover of The Windup Girlis an adventure. Much is suggested in its many parts and foreshadowed in the rusty, invasive edges.

– Jan Rider Newman


5 thoughts on “LitStaff Picks: Our Favorite Book Covers”

  1. Totally cool idea…sometimes I enjoy the covers far more than the book! Bridge of San Louis Rey always a favorite content-wise. Thanks, Sam, for bringing it back to me with this "cover story!" Well done!

  2. A favorite of mine has always been The Monsters of Templeton cover. I don't know why but it just makes me sit down and study it every time I come across the book.

  3. At one time I read every novel Thornton Wilder ever wrote and loved them all. The Bridge of San Luis Rey struck me as the most compassionate novel I ever read.

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