Friday Face Off: The Box Man

Friday Face Off

The Friday Face-Off was originally created by Books by Proxy:
each Friday, bloggers showcase book covers on a weekly theme.
Visit Lynn’s Books (@LynnsBooks) for a list of upcoming themes.
Please visit also Tammy at Books, Bones & Buffy (@tammy_sparks)
thanks to whom I discovered this meme.

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This week, the theme is
“The most recent book you’ve read that has covers to compare”

And that would be The Box Man, by Kobo Abe.

The Box Man

I usually enjoy Kobo Abe and his quirkiness, but this time, it was over the top, and I basically didn’t understand what was going on, as I explained in my short review.
BUT it does make for a fantastic diversity of covers.


Click on the picture if you want to identify the various editions
You can also right click and ‘open image in new tab’ to zoom in


Friday face off the box man


My favorite is the Turkish edition, encircled in red
I think it conveys well some themes in the book, and the eyes are very important, as it is the main way the person under the box can interact with the world around him.

But I also enjoyed a lot the Persian edition (encircled in pink), for its cleverness.
There are actually so many good covers here, some eluding to the disintegration of personality for instance #12, 13, 15 and 16 – at least that’s how I interpret these covers.

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Have you read this book?
Next Friday:
Somewhere over the rainbow – a very colorful book cover


7 thoughts on “Friday Face Off: The Box Man

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