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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Fashionable Reads...

Walking around Concord yesterday (it's a favorite pastime of mine) I ambled into the Concord Book Shop thinking I might pick up Sarah Dunant's Sacred Hearts but while browsing the shelves I found a lone copy of the Ruben Toledo edition of Wuthering Heights!
Now, I had read over a year ago that Penguin Classics was planning to re-release classics with covers drawn & designed by Toledo but I thought they were in limited editions and never dreamed of finding one for myself.
Apparently, they're widely available (in stores and online) and I'm just oblivious!
All thought of Sacred Hearts went out the window- I practically lunged at the shelves!
For those of you who don't know- Ruben Toledo is an artist and filmmaker from Cuba. He's married to Isabel Toledo (the fashion designer favored by Michelle Obama) and his work, particularly his fashion illustrations, have appeared in magazines all over the world.
He's kind of a big deal.
I did feel like $16 was a lot to pay for a paperback edition of classic that you can get for like $5 (especially one that I already owned...) but then one look at Toledo's interpretation of Heathcliff on the back cover and I was sold.


It's dark and gloomy and perfect.
So my old ripped, beat up, barely held together copy is in the recycle box and this lovely new one will take its place on my bookshelf!


Sarah said...

Oh wow! That's fab. I hope these are available in Ireland.... if not Amazon here I come! X


Couture Carrie said...

I love Ruben Toledo!


Cafe Fashionista said...

Gah! What a fabulous find! I am absolutely obsessed with his work!! :)

Becca said...

Oh I'd love to get my hands on this! Just from the cover it's looking pretty good. I remember not being so keen on wuthering heights in high school, but with some cool illustrations I could definitely get into it.

Also, be sure to check out my blog for a chance to win a pair of earrings! Hope to see you over there.

xo Becca @ Free Honey

Kayla said...

I so would have bought it too. I have only seen them online; not in person so I haven't taken the plunge yet. Hopefully I stumble into some soon.

Ramblings of a Small Town Girl

Daiane said...

ruben toledo! both him & his wife are some very inspirational people! what a lucky find!

i'm really glad for you! enjoy it, i honestly think it was worth the money... ^_^

oxx from

SAMI. said...

i am obsessed with ruben and his wife isabel, and even wrote about their collaboration for target's opening in harlem on my blog recently! what a fabulous find!!! i would love to own a book with one of his covers, just so i could stare at it all day long!


a bit coquettish said...

Hurrah for new copies! That cover is amazing. (:

bises, xx

brobrand said...

want to have one

iamglen said...

wow id like to buy em

Erin Cathleen said...

This is my favorite book of all time, and one little quirk of mine is buying every edition of "Wuthering Heights" that I come across... I own several copies. :D I have yet to indulge myself and buy this one, but I'm so tempted to scoop it up! I've been meaning to check out Concord sometime, too. Thanks for sharing!

A Stylized Hysteria said...

Id never heard of Ruben Toledo before, so your background on him was great. His artwork is beyond beautiful!

A Stylized Hysteria said...

Id never heard of Ruben Toledo before, so your background on him was great. His artwork is beyond beautiful!

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