Saturday, 7 February 2009

Weekly Geeks - Week 5 - Judge a Book By Its Cover



 Judge a Book By Its Cover!


This week it's all about judging books by their covers! Pick a book--any book, really--and search out multiple book cover images for that book. They could span a decade or two (or more)...Or they could span several countries. Which cover is your favourite? Which one is your least favourite? Which one best 'captures' what the book is about?


I have decided to use one of my all time favourite book, and I have trawled the net to see what covers were there. This book was published just a month short of 91years ago, and by one the most forward thinking women of her generation.

Married Love  by Marie Stopes at the time it came out was a show stopper to put it mildly, it highlighted the dysfunction and non compromising nature of marriage and the more than feminist sentiment did not go down well with the patriarchal society of that time.


One of my favourite quote from the book is as follows.


Far too often, marriage puts an end to woman's intellectual life. Marriage can never reach its full stature until women possess as much intellectual freedom and freedom of opportunity within it as do their partners.

That at present the majority of women neither desire freedom for creative work, nor would know how to use it, is only a sign that we are still living in the shadow of the coercive and dwarfing influences of the past.

Marie Stopes is not just the name of an abortion provider.  Marie Stopes was the woman who founded the first Birth Control centre - The Mother’s Clinic - in Britain on 17 March 1921.











In my search  I  found four covers and from blurb and my own reading of this book, my favourite of the covers are the two with the married couple, as it give the impression of a new start, a rosy beginning, but once you have open the covers those rose coloured glasses are torn to shred, and the life of marriage takes on a whole new meaning.


The plain tan cover is probably my least favourite, but it is indicative of the time when the book was published, graphic design and erotic book covers would have had her burned at the stake.


For those who have never had the pleasure, it's a free read on the net.



14 Speak To Me:

Anonymous said...

Considering the times Marie Stopes was very forward in her thinking. I admire her for that. I like the third cover also!

TheChicGeek on 7 February 2009 at 17:13 said...

Wow, you're quick :) I agree with you on the cover...I like the second one with the married couple on it. This sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.
Have A Great Weekend!

claire on 7 February 2009 at 18:32 said...

I like the second cover, too! Thanks for the link.. this is something new to me. :)

pussreboots on 7 February 2009 at 21:04 said...

I've never heard of the book but it sounds interesting. My post is here.

Robin on 7 February 2009 at 21:45 said...

I haven't heard of this book, either, but I like the second cover.

Kerrie on 7 February 2009 at 23:32 said...

I think the 2nd cover is probably the best.

Sherrie on 8 February 2009 at 00:12 said...

Sounds like an interesting book! I like the purple cover the best. Thanks for stopping by my place. Have a great evening!!


Robin M on 8 February 2009 at 06:39 said...

Interesting - never heard of the book. But from your description, I would have to say the last cover.

Mine is up now.

Happy Reading!

The Bookworm on 8 February 2009 at 14:20 said...

interesting book choice!
I like the ones with the married couple.

Chrisbookarama on 8 February 2009 at 15:47 said...

I like the 2nd one the best. It's a nice close up of the 1st. It's simple but nice.

Anonymous said...

I, too, prefer the covers with the newly weds. Certainly doesn't look like the cover of a banned book. I guess the book I posted about is often banned as well. :(

Erotic Horizon on 9 February 2009 at 09:15 said...

Thank you guys for stopping by and dropping off comment.

Quite a lot of you prefer the one with the couple - I suppose being the visual age - we like all things we can relate see.

I actually own the blue cover one and I would not change it for anything else.

For all you guys who haven't heard about Marie Stopes or have never read any of her books - they are so worth it.

A bit laughable now, but 90yrs ago her vision ended with this book being a banned and since then Married Love have made every top one hundred books to read list.

Hey ChicGeek - early bird catches the most worm.

Glad I could contribute a new book to all that have never heard of it.

I have certainly found loads of books to add to my library from this weeks -Weekly Geek, a few I have started to look at in a different light.

Confuzzled Shannon on 10 February 2009 at 22:14 said...

Interesting pick.

Joanne ♦ The Book Zombie on 12 February 2009 at 16:45 said...

I like the second cover most, I've never read this but I would pick it up based on the title photo. But if the cover showed a more modern wedding couple I would pass it by.