Review: The Word Made Flesh by Eva Talmadge
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
I pulled this out of its mailer and my husband took one look and said, "Oh, crap. You're going to have a tattoo soon, aren't you?" I was a little hesitant to open it for fear of that very thing myself. I don't have anything against tattoos on other people, they just aren't for me. Let's just say that, working in health care, I've seen too many wrinkled, formless tattoos on those who never thought they'd grow old. Yeah. Not for me.
But in looking through the tattoos in the book, I can admire the artistry, but many of them really are more Literary than what I normally read. I'll pick up the classics every now and then, but I typically read for entertainment, not necessarily enlightenment. So the tattoos of Kafka and company don't mean a whole lot to me.
The tattoos of quotes were interesting, and they did leave me pondering if there's a quote that means so much to me I would have it permanently etched on my body. Nothing yet, but I'll keep you posted.
There were more popular tattoos included, such as tattoos for Harry Potter and Twilight, and I at least understood those a little more.
The ones that intrigued me the most were part of a living story. Each person has one word from a short story written by Shelley Jackson specifically for this project tattooed on their body somewhere. The short story isn't written down in its entirety anywhere. The people who have the tattoos have read the story but no one else ever has or ever will. It sounds so very cool to be part of a living story. Okay, so we live our personal stories daily. I hope you know what I'm trying to say. It would be cool to be part of the canvas for someone else's written story.
The book was very entertaining to look through, but I can't say it rocked my world. Those who are more into body art than I am will probably have a different reaction.
Thanks to Harper Perennial for sending me a copy for review.
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