The World's Greatest Blurb
Last night at 11 pm I was wandering the isles of Barnes and Noble. Don't ask about why. I discovered that Barnes and Noble has nothing, that's right, nothing in the novel section written by Alejo Carpentier. That's ridiculous. I will forgive them that they don't have my book, but Alejo Carpentier? For shame. For shame. Anyway, I did find a new paperback version of Julio Cortazar's Cronopios and Famas (Cortazar is on the left), and on the back was the world's greatest blurb, written by none other than Pablo Neruda (on the right). Here it is:
"Anyone who doesn't read Cortazar is doomed. Not to read him is a serious invisible disease which in time can have terrible consequences. Something similar to a man who has never tasted peaches. He would quietly become sadder... and, probably, little by little, he would lose his hair."
OK. Find me a single blurb that can carry this one's socks, and I'll post it.