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Bilbo le Hobbit Paperback – 1 Jan 1988


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: French & European Pubns (1 Jan 1988)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 0785922059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0785922056
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ruth O'D on 24 Feb 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The Hobbit is inevitably seen in the shadow of the epic Lord of the Rings, perhaps as a sort of extended prologue, but this is unfair. It is a different sort of book, aimed at a younger audience, with a lighter tone and much smaller scope. It is an excellent and thoroughly enjoyable book in its own right; because it focuses on Bilbo throughout, the reader can identify with the hero much more than in Lord of the Rings, and it is very exciting as well as often very funny. I particularly like the twists at the end which turn a fairly straight-forward treasure hunt into a moral dilemma where loyalty and justice clash.

I enjoyed reading the French translation, but have a couple of minor quibbles; I found the poems and songs lost some of their rhyme and rhythm in French - I think in this case the translator should have favoured preserving the 'flavour' rather than keeping the literal meaning. For example:

'Voila ce que deteste Bilbo Baggins!
Aussi, attention! Attention aux assietes!'

It doesn't exactly have the same punch as:

'That's what Bilbo Baggins hates!
So carefully! Carefully with the plates!'

Also, unaccountably the translator, Francis Ledoux, makes Bilbo 'around 25' rather than 50'ish. There are few enough middle-aged adventure heros, why rob us of one our favourites?
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alejandro Javier on 31 Mar 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I already wrote a review for this, but I wasn't nearley as thorough as I should have benn! This book is simply the best thing ever to happen for people who like adventure books! When I first read it I never imagined it was so intersting. Now the least I could do is recomend you to read on the story of Bilbo Baggins, a quiet hobbit who didn't like being roused or being involved in anything strange, but was taken on the adventure of a lifetime by Gandalf The Grey, a powerful wizard. This book demonstrates how a people should be open for change. If you like this adventure, then I am sure that you will enjory greatley reading The Lord Of The Rings. Even young children should go for this one! (I first read it when I was 11!)
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0 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Dec 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
bilbo is a fantastik book there are mutch stories.bilbo is a very big persion in a small pearsion.he is a very god in sealf.
GooooD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Wow !!!!!!!! 25 Feb 2004
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
Superbe ! Merveilleux ! C'est un chef d'oeuvre. J'ai lu la trilogie du seigneur des anneaux et j'ai adoré. Le seul point négatif de la trilogie selon moi, c'est la grande quantité de noms, de lieux, de liens vers des faits passés qui nécessite recherches et études. Dans "Bilbo le hobbit", tout est simple. On a droit à une aventure palpitante dans le même endroit si magique qu'est le seigneur des anneaux. On peut même y retrouver certain personnages familiers de la trilogie ( Gandalf, Gloïn, Elrond, les elfes, les nains, les orcs, Gollum, etc...). Bref, pour un livre de 300 et quelques pages, je l'ai dévoré du début à la fin. Merveilleux !
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Un livre qui gagnerait à être connu 23 Sep 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ce livre est le précurseur à la trilogie du Seigneur des anneaux et il est triste de voir qu'il n'est pas plus publicisé. L'aventure de Bilbo y est fantastique, pleine de retournements. Cette histoire nous amène à mieux connaître les hobbits, les elfes et toutes les autres espèces de créatures de ce monde facinant.
C'est un must à lire et même si vous avez déjà lu le Seigneur des anneaux, vous n'y verrez pas de répétition d'une histoire à l'autre.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Learning tool for French 13 Sep 2012
By James P. Buchman - Published on Amazon.com
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The Hobbit is a terrific story, and I read it again a few months ago to get ready for the upcoming movie release. If you are a real Hobbit or Lord of the Rings afficionado, I highly recommend "The Annotated Hobbit," which includes vast amounts of information about the writing and publishing of The Hobbit, as well as the most recent text, plus footnotes where the text varied from the original. I bought it particularly so I could read the original version of "Riddles in the Dark," which Tolkien changed substantially to align more closely with "Lord of the Rings."

But that isn't why I bought "Bilbo le Hobbit." My family is traveling to France later this year, and I've had only a semester course in French long ago. It has been difficult to reacquire what little I did know using language books and DVD's; but I have read "The Hobbit" at least half a dozen times. So I have been reading the French version, not trying to translate every word but following the plot and rhythm of the words. I've gotten a third of the way through the book so far without great effort. It has been an enjoyable way to improve my vocabulary and reading comprehension; and any excuse to read "The Hobbit" is a good one.
Good 5 Feb 2014
By ROBERT Stéphane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I've read this book years ago, and the movie give me the idea to read it again !

So here it is :)
A classic 7 Dec 2012
By PiSquared - Published on Amazon.com
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A great adventure in any language. A great adventure in any language. A great adventure in any language. A grea
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