Book Traveling Thursday is an awesome weekly event held by Danielle and Catia over on Goodreads. There’s a new topic every week and the deal is to share why you chose the book and four different covers of the book: The Original Cover, Your Countries Cover, Your Least Favourite and Your Favourite.
This week’s theme: Because reading takes us to a lot of different adventures choose a book that makes you think about traveling.
At first the only books I could think of for this topic were ones I’ve already used, like The Shadow of the Wind and Watership Down. A couple of YA books floated around in my head for awhile too, ones like Anna and the French Kiss and Paper Towns. But they weren’t quite right.
Eventually I decided on the book I chose. I chose this book because it’s a wonderful story about a young boy traveling through the Eygptian desert in search of his own meaning of life. I think it’s a really important novel, and it makes me think about how life-changing traveling to and being in new places can be :).
The Alchemist (1988) by Paulo Coelho
As far as I know, this is the cover of the first ever edition of The Alchemist, published in Portuguese in 1988 by either a very small publishing company in Brazil that first published the book or the second publishing company that published it before it was eventually translated into English.
Australian (My country) Cover:
I couldn’t really find a cover that was specifically in Australia, as Australia is often linked with other Publishing companies in UK and US, such as HarperCollins, who published both of these editions :). I quite like the spiral one!
Least Favourite Cover:
This cover is the first English translation, published in 1993. The only thing I like about it is the purple background. It’s just a bit too busy for me, too much going on. And the art looks a little childish.
This cover is easily my favourite :). It’s the cover of the copy I own, which my boyfriend bought for me so it’s very special to me. It’s a beautiful cover for a beautiful book :).
Well, there you go! What do you think of the different covers?