At the beginning of 2012 I was trying to think of a better way to integrate my passion for books and librarianship with my other passion for fashion and style. The two are mildly unrelated but I knew I could do something! Behold the Books into Fashion series was born! 27 books later, here are two more to round out 2012 and mark a soon to come 2013.
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes was a book I read in college for a class totally dedicated to the topic – I didn’t quite know what I was getting myself into; we were to read both of the books in the duration of a quarter(10) weeks. If you’ve seen how lengthy the books are, you’d understand that I immersed myself in Don Quixote’s crazy world for a few weeks straight. The story follows a man that in old age, has decided to leave his home and seek adventure as a knight in a time where they no longer existed and fight for the honor of a noble lady, who turns out to be just a regular woman in the village. The story itself is not exactly the most important part – it is the style that it was written and how things are worded that make this book a great literary feat. And you as a reader are aware of all the ironies that Don Quixote is not. The author also gives himself the permission to change the voice and perspective of the narrator half way through the story, something unheard of then and now. The novel was also originally written in Spanish, so many of the double-entendres are lost in translation. If you have the time to read it, I highly recommend it!
The second book is one that I came across many years ago when I visited Las Vegas for a summer to get a feel for the city before I moved there. I didn’t have a car at the time, so I was subjected to staying at home for long stretches of time until my friend got out of work. I was able to visit the library frequently and the Agony and the Ecstasy by Irving Stone was one of the books I happened to check out that summer. It details the life of Michelangelo in a way I never thought could have ever been done – through a series of personal letters, Stone was able to piece together large portions of his life and see what it was like to live in renaissance Italy. You see his humble beginnings as a marble and bronze sculptor, and how he progressed as an artist even under the thumb of some very important politicians and religious officials. The details can be beautiful to read about, but this is a very loooong book.
Thanks for being such great supporters of my little literary take on fashion series! Here’s to many more in 2013! And I’m still looking for someone to make their own books into fashion interpretation, just send me an email.