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This book contains 50 literary classics that have been transformed into works of art using the text of the story to create images. At first glance you won't even notice that the images are made up of words printed in the smallest of fonts but if you use the attached magnifying glass you'll realise that all of the stories are readable as well as gorgeous to look at.
I have several of the Spinless Classics posters on my walls so I had an idea what I'd be getting when I ordered this book and I do think that this is a great coffee table book but I've decided that I actually prefer having posters that can be displayed rather than a bind up book containing many stories. My copy was actually missing the magnifying glass so I had to return it but I doubt I'd bother buying a replacement. I think the main problem was that I didn't love all 50 designs, there were some really great images in there but I wouldn't say I loved even half of them so there were a lot that were just okay or pretty boring to look at.
Although you can technically read the stories that isn't really what this book is designed for and I think even using the magnifying glass you'd end up with a headache if you tried to actually read this book rather than just enjoy the art for what it is. These images are very cleverly done though so definitely something most bibliophiles would appreciate and they make a great talking point too.
It includes all kinds of stories from A Midsummer Night's Dream to Grimm's Fairy Tales, Frankenstein to War of the Worlds, Around the World in Eighty Days to Peter Pan, The Importance of Being Earnest to The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and many more besides. Here are just a couple of my favourite designs:
Aesop's Fables Close Up:
(to give you an idea how small the text actually is)
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:
A Study in Scarlet:
The Jungle Book:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz:
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