Thursday, December 22, 2011

last minute gift idea: writer, illustrater, filmmaker Peter Sis (any of his books!)

Yes!  I charmed it and it arrived!  The Conference of the Birds by Peter Sis is everything I'd hoped for and more.  Consider it for your bird- and book-loving friends this year.

And talk about a sensorily satisfying reading experience: even the texture of the pages is a tactile luxury. 
What is it?  Sis's illustrated re-telling of the classic twelfth century Persian epic poem that's a sort of allegory or parable about life's journey and spiritual transcendence.  There's really no need to say more, as The Conference of the Birds is truly a visual road one should travel directly.  And in this season of over-abundance and sensory overload, it will be a welcome respite of peace that one can certainly experience in one sitting, and then return to many times over.

I'd recommend it to anyone who admires mythic storytelling, haunting illustrations inviting many explorations, or birds.

This is a book that might appeal more to teens or adults, but Sis has also crafted gorgeously illustrated books suitable for younger readers as well.  All of them are worth exploring.

MFB, and I don't even know the guy!

Here's what it looks like.  Now go get it
at your local bookseller or
or betterworldbooks.

And here's the one that got me hooked on Sis:
a gorgeous visual homage to the life and legacy
of Charles Darwin.

And another (about the subtitle).

And another (about Galileo).
See what I mean?  They're all good and giftable for most any adult - or sophisticated younger person - on your list.


As the Crowe Flies and Reads said...

I met Sis a couple of years ago when he did a small talk for a group of booksellers in our area. Our store just chose this book for our signed first edition club. I'm surprised that we had a number of people turn us down for a signed copy of this book, but I happen to think they're just crazy. This book is going to be a touchstone among 2011's books.

Parrish Lantern said...
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Parrish Lantern said...

This looks Fantastic & will investigate further. Hope your Xmas was Wonderful.
PS I interviewed a Wonderful Poet on my blog, here's one of her poems

Beginning with a Line by Plath

This is the light of the mind, cold and planetary, it
keeps me solitary, stumbling inside paranoia.
My anchoritic needs are not a bow to religion, they
are as prosaic as any modern-day hermit’s:
who is there to trust with the black of my heart,
when some trample, some steal what’s mine for
their own?

Booksnob said...

I love Peter Sis, his work is so beautiful. The Wall is also one of my favorites. I am glad you got a copy of The Conference of Birds.

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