Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Hardcover vs. Paperback 49

Testimony by Anita Shreve

Hardcover

Paperback

UK Hardcover

UK Paperback

Amazon.com:

At a New England boarding school, a sex scandal is about to break. Even more shocking than the sexual acts themselves is the fact that they were caught on videotape. A Pandora's box of revelations, the tape triggers a chorus of voices--those of the men, women, teenagers, and parents involved in the scandal--that details the ways in which lives can be derailed or destroyed in one foolish moment.

Writing with a pace and intensity surpassing even her own greatest work, Anita Shreve delivers in TESTIMONY a gripping emotional drama with the impact of a thriller. No one more compellinglyexplores the dark impulses that sway the lives of seeming innocents, the needs and fears that drive ordinary men and women into intolerable dilemmas, and the ways in which our best intentions can lead to our worst transgressions.

I like how the US and UK editions overlap (US Paperback and UK Hardcover). My favorite is the UK Hardcover, I love that image and the way it's cropped in that edition. I also like the haunting feel from the US Hardcover. I think the UK Paperback is totally wrong, that girl looks much older than the girl in the book, unless that's someone else being portrayed and then that doesn't even make sense!

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17 comments:

  1. I like the UK hardback the best I think:)

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  2. I actually like the hardcover because it looks like the gates of the school.

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  3. Top one (hardcover) all the way. Because I've read the book, neither of the girl nor the young woman seems to fit the story. And it's not about just one person but about many people who are connected by the school.

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  4. Both harcovers are way prettier than the paperbacks. :)

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  5. I like the US hardcover.

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  6. I like all of them except for the last one. It looks old and sad.

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  7. I like the US hardcover version with the schoolgirl on the front. After having read this book as well, I think it captures the story and its premise really well.

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  8. Can't quite decide between the two hardcovers, they're both gorgeous! And I really want to read this book!

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  9. The UK version is prettier but I'll pretend the second one is because it quotes The Houston Chronicle. I live here so yeah... hahaha :)

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  10. US hardcover for sure. It's so dramatic and really makes me curious about what's going on inside!

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  11. I just discovered your blog because you were quoted on the back of "Audrey Wait!" Congratulations on that!

    And I think I like the US paperback cover the best. . . I do, indeed, like the overlap between that and the UK hardback. :-)

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  12. UK Hardcover! I love that!

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  13. I'm liking the UK hardcover!

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  14. I really love the US hardcover. It's beautiful.

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  16. US Hardcover wins out over the UK Hardcover barely. The paperbacks are just...bleh. Darn, now I really want to read it. It sounds awesome.

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