Don’t judge a book by its cover. I made this mistake when once, bringing out an array of world language books for a library presentation, I picked out a few novels off of the library shelf. I tried to choose books with pretty covers. I knew the Korean book was about sewing children’s clothes but the Chinese fiction was harder to guess at. It was a soft covered book, on the larger size and covered with brilliant flower images.I was hoping it was something that might draw someone’s attention and it did. I saw a young woman pick up the book to look at it and I was pleased, I said-
Is this a good book? Have you read it? And slowly and gently she tried to explain what it was about.
No, I have not read this book.
What is it about? I inquired.
Oh, it is about a girl, she said hesitantly.
Hmmn, I said,—you mean it is about friends?
No no, she replied, it is about a lady, how do I say it— she is a bad girl— she is a lady of the night.
Oh really? I said, feeling silly that I displayed it….this was an outreach in a local church after all. She continued to read the back jacket to me, well—eventually she becomes good.
I believe she was trying to ease my mind that I had chosen a really trashy novel. I was aghast! How did I choose a seemingly innocent book off of our shelves? I was aiming for gentle ( flowery) fiction and was far off the mark! In my defense, there were no pictures of handsome men or half-clad women on the front, only flowers!
And so— my lesson of the day;
Do not judge a book by its cover– although I often can’t help myself if it is really pretty.