Quick Takes: T re e of Co d e s


Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer

11Quick Takes: In an effort to finally review some books I’ve read in the past year, I’m gonna throw these posts up on the blog in a shorter form. 

You’re never gonna come across another book like this.

It’s a book you’re gonna find on any book design blog, any place that covers innovation in the conventional paper book. I would say it’s worth reading just for that. Some complain that it’s not that original. That they could do it too. My response is (1) okay, do it, see if it’s anywhere near as easy as you make it out to be, and (2) he already beat you to making an actual book out of it, so yeah it is kind of original. It’s the same kind of argument used against modern art…what use is it?


You’re not gonna want to read it because of the amazing storyline. Many people probably scoff at this book and say what story line? It’s a fair critique. With it’s unique format it comes across as more of a poem than a narrative. You get the gist of a story, but the timeline seems to be all over the place. Still, it includes some incredibly beautiful imagery. If some label this as purple prose, so be it–I liked it!

So if anyone has a spare $250 to give me for a copy of this, I’d be much obliged. If not, I’m going to continue fighting the urge to commit the unforgivable…library thievery.

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