The Aesthetics of Persephone (Persephone Reading Weekend)
I must confess: I'm a little shallow when it comes to certain books, especially Persephone Books. I pass judgement on appearances and texture, colour and font and I covet the book for its looks. The content is sometimes secondary to considerations but I find that a beautiful Persephone boosts the reading experience and cements a memory of a happy reading session.
I felt this when I held Miss Buncle's Book in my hands for my first ever Persephone reading event. It was smooth, it was substantial... the pages were clean and white and crisp. It had a pleasant 'new book' smell inside - a signature scent particular to Persephone books - and it seemed to add to the pleasure of reading the text.
It was a tactile experience and a feast for the senses when I opened the smooth dove-grey covers to reveal a symphony of colour and pattern within. It was a cosy read, thanks to
D. E. Stevenson, and Persephone made it even cosier by its exquisite taste in printers.
So thanks to that first experience, which is being repeated as I hold my first Whipple, I long to engage as many senses as often as I can. A little shallow but I think I am among friends who understand...
Happy Persephone Reading!
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