Monday, March 22, 2010

Deja Vue (again)

In the dentist's waiting room I picked up the interesting Women's Magazine 'Psychologies'. In it was a full-page advert for a book 'Leaving the World' by Douglas Kennedy:

It looked strangely familiar...

Obviously someone has come along while she was sitting there looking at her reflection in the water and thoughtfully left a cup of tea...and done a spot of weeding. And she was too absorbed to notice - vain little madam.

It is an evocative picture, but given that there are so many photographs in the world it is strange to me that publishers should so often choose the same one.


Blogger Maxine Clarke said...

Brilliant! Good catch.

Mon Mar 22, 07:50:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Thanks Maxine. :-)

Mon Mar 22, 08:47:00 pm  
Anonymous Debra Hamel said...

Her narcissism is truly impressive!

Tue Mar 23, 01:39:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Exactly, Debra! It must have taken them ages to do that weeding...

Tue Mar 23, 01:55:00 pm  
Blogger Paul Halpern said...

It is a classic image of Persephone, who brings spring into being. As she was removing the weeds of winter and replacing them with the fresh flowers of spring she drank a cup of tea brewed with the Narcissus flower. The tea made her vain and want to gaze at her own reflection.

Just a theory.

Wed Mar 24, 01:12:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

Aha! Nice idea, Paul. Maybe that cup indeed contain brewed Narcissus flower. It would explain much.

Wed Mar 24, 01:50:00 pm  
Blogger jem said...

This duplication of book cover images happens quite often apparently.

I read a blog that regularly features examples -

Tue Apr 06, 12:32:00 pm  
Blogger Clare Dudman said...

That looks a great site - really interesting. Thanks, Jem.

Tue Apr 06, 07:41:00 pm  

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