but I could hardly resist, could I. . .
take off the text, remove the stone-skimming children and that might well be my perfect image of the sea and the sky (the photo wraps around on the back of the book, where it is equally as beautiful)
I've probably (p)rattled on about this book before, haven't I? so do stop me if I'm repeating myself. . .
I first knew I wanted to learn how to bind books when I came across The Bookbinder reading a copy of this book: he had been asked to design a fine-binding for it, and was seeking inspiration
every year the shortlisted Mann Booker Prize authors receive a copy of their book which has been bound by one of the country's top bookbinders - in 2005 The Bookbinder joked that he might put his life savings on The Sea to win, as it was a bit of an outsider (he should have done: it did); he later received a thank you letter from John Banville, who wrote how much he loved the fine-binding. . .
today I bought the paperback with the points I've built up on my bookshop loyalty card
I like loyalty cards (especially coffee shop ones, which I keep for the days when I have no money for luxuries like a coffee from a coffee shop), altho I'd actually prefer it if everything was slightly cheaper in the first place such that shops didn't have to go to the pretence of "giving" you something "for free" that you've effectively paid for already
I don't write about politics, but the current state of the economy and the suggested solution of Those That Be to con us all into believing we can just keep spending and it will all be alright in the end worries me somewhat
credit-fuelled consumerism is very over-rated, and quite dangerous, IMHO* (like a badly behaved dog, it can jump out unexpectedly and bite you where it hurts)
there can be such as thing as too much choice, IMHO* (choice is something to be savoured and relished and appreciated and respected and desired and deserved, not expected or demanded or assumed) (a little like a nut roast on the 25th December)
but, like I said, I don't write about politics
I stick to the superficial girly stuff,
like the colour of sunlight thru clouds
at the end of the day