Cover to Cover with Life of Pi

Life of Pi is a classic tale of a boy and his tiger.

On another level, it’s a story of extreme survival, the limits of desperation, and the ingenuity of the human mind. If you loved Robinson Crusoe or Hatchet or The Bear, you’ll love this one too. It’s a good old-fashioned lost-in-the-wilderness tale mixed with a double handful of magic realism.

Plus it boasts a host of beautiful covers – stylized, whimsical, and bright.

Kindle edition penguin edition UK edition

The international editions likewise feature heavy boat / tiger / boy imagery. From left to right, top to bottom: Dutch, Polish, and Romanian editions. Props to the Polish edition for using creepy child imagery.

Dutch edition - alternate Polish edition Romanian edition

And as per usual, graphic designers and illustrators have used this international bestseller as a springboard for clever redesigns and new interpretations.

Aky's edition   Daniel Norris artwork   Lena Yang's edition

Danielle Keller artwork     Julia William's edition     Daniella Kemp Edition

From left to right, top to bottom: covers from Aky, Daniel Norris, Lena Yang, Danielle Keller, Julia Williams, and Daniella Kemp. I have a really hard time picking my favourite – I keep going back and forth between Yang’s and Williams’. One of the things I’m realizing as I continue this project: I’m a huge fan of clean lines.

Which cover is your favourite? I’d love to see your comments. Feel free to link to any great cover art that I’ve missed!

Cover to Cover is a weekly project comparing and critiquing the various covers of popular novels, published every Wednesday. Find more posts in this series here.

The header image for this post is a cropped version of an shot from photographer Jerry Fausto, originally posted here and available for use through Creative Commons.

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