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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 9:50 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote

The Frankenstein excerpt occurs in the opening page of the novel.

I am a bit put out at not recognising the excerpt from Peasants, which is among Chekhovís finest short stories. I see I was a bit critical of the prose: Iíve got this story in a few different translations at home, and Iíll look up that passage to find out which translation you quoted, and how other have translated it. The story itself is a masterpiece.

As for Stephen King, I have sampled his prose several times in bookshops, and have always come away unimpressed. Despite his reputation, I canít say he is too high on my reading list.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Himadri, the Chekhov came from the Everyman "The Chekhov Omnibus" translated by Constance Garnett.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hah, well Caro might not have embarrassed herself, but I see I was way wide of the mark on excerpt A! Not too bad on the others though. I think my order of pref is very much in line with what I'd be most motivated to read (though I haven't read Donna Tartt, I do tend to lean more towards contemporary lit).



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TheRejectAmidHair



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2009 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, that might explain it. Constance Garnett was the first to translate the great works of 19th century Russian literature into English, and was a veritable translating machine. We owe her a great deal of gratitude for having introduced us to what was possible the finest literary flowering of the 19th century, but it is generally acknowledged there are many inaccuracies and even odd moments of sloppiness in her translations. However, I have heard the renowned modern translator, Robert Chandler, claim that despite the many infelicities, she often came closer than most to capturing the tone of the original. So the moral of all that, I think, is that while Constance Garnettís translations are by no means to be dismissed, they should be treated with caution. At least, I do hope that the excerpt from Peasants hasnít put anyone off reading Chekhov. I re-read Chekhovís Three Years a few months ago, and really was bowled over by how utterly wonderful it was. I really donít know what they were putting into their vodka in the 19th century, but whatever it was, it produced novels and short stories that leave way behind just about everything else I have encountered.


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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was very interesting I must add The Secret History and Frankenstein to my TBR list.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH recognised the Donna Tartt extract.  But he didn't tell me until after I'd posted!

I didn't recognise the bit from the Shining at all.  Although it is a while since I read it.  I shall have to look back and see what I said.




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