"The book is like a dream you want to last forever" (Roberta Silman, The New York Times Book Review), now with a gorgeous new cover by the famed designer Peter Mendelsund
The Rings of Saturn—with its curious archive of photographs—records a walking tour of the eastern coast of England. A few of the things which cross the path and mind of its narrator (who both is and is not Sebald) are lonely eccentrics, Sir Thomas Browne’s skull, a matchstick model of the Temple of Jerusalem, recession-hit seaside towns, wooded hills, Joseph Conrad, Rembrandt’s "Anatomy Lesson," the natural history of the herring, the massive bombings of WWII, the dowager Empress Tzu Hsi, and the silk industry in Norwich. W.G. Sebald’s The Emigrants (New Directions, 1996) was hailed by Susan Sontag as an "astonishing masterpiece perfect while being unlike any book one has ever read." It was "one of the great books of the last few years," noted Michael Ondaatje, who now acclaims The Rings of Saturn "an even more inventive work than its predecessor, The Emigrants."
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Review of This eBook Version
(This review is NOT about Sebald's work--which is fascinating and rich and unexpected and an amazing read--but instead, is about this version of the eBook).
I am appalled at how many typos there are in this digital version! This is startlingly unprofessional. There are numerous misspellings that would be caught with even the crudest of spell-check programs. In the first third of the book there are more than 20 non-sensical typos; these are distracting and inexcusable.
The photos in the book are also not well handled. Somehow, they don't adapt to the screen size, so if they don't fit on a page, they'll get shifted to the next page, often in silly and graphically unattractive ways. This, too, is distracting.
Why has a level of quality control that is held in the highest regard in print publication been so blatantly disregarded with digital?
Great book, careless publisher
Five stars for the work, one for this eBook. Laughable typos throughout mar a great work.