Sunday, 20 May 2018
"'Electrifying.' One of the most profoundly important bestsellers of our time."
And so I found it. Published in 1974, this philosophical tale of a father and son who take a painful but enlightening motorcycle journey is a right-of-passage exploration of relationships and the restoration of mental health.
The provenance of this copy is of equal importance, as the book, too, has had many journeys. Held together by a rubber band, both front and back covers have come loose. The spine is broken, and the pages are worn.
Between the pages I found contact details of someone on the back of a sound system sticker from Canada; a ticket for the Galleria Nazionale d'Art Moderna (mine, forgotten, holding the page), for an exhibition entitled 'Time is Out of Joint', and a selection of some Western record releases carefully cut out of a magazine. Did whoever cut them out ever listen to the music? Ideas mapped onto ideas. Journeys part of journeys. There's so much more to a book than its cover.
Posted by Alicia Stone at 06:36