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The Golden Ass Paperback – 18 Oct 2013


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"This new translation of Apuleius's novel stands alone for its accuracy and cleverly farcical rendering."-Bookseller's Buyer's Guide Bookseller's Buyer's Guide

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Sarah Ruden is a visiting scholar at Wesleyan University. Her books include a translation of Vergil's Aeneid and Paul Among the People: The Apostle Reinterpreted and Reimagined in His Own Time.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
A triumph and a must-have 20 Dec. 2012
By Stephen LaBonne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Golden Ass is one of the most remarkable- and funniest- comic novels ever written, and its literary progeny stretch across the millennia all the way to modern masterpieces like A Confederacy of Dunces. This translation is a virtuoso performance with few peers, making the work seem as fresh as if it had been written yesterday. Urgently recommended.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Awful colloquial translation 3 Aug. 2014
By Constant Reader - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Most reviewers have commented on the story but I think it's worth mentioning that this translation is absolutely painful to read. The translator has tried to update this story by using slang, and I don't know whether it was just her choice or whether she's just not much up on slang but It reads like it was written by a very pleasant 60-year-old from Minnesota. In the first paragraph alone you're going to encounter "Well, heck, it was a pretty strange journey" – gee, grandpa, tell us more! I would thoroughly recommend instead the Penguin Classics version translated by Kenney: his version of the first paragraph promises "Give me your ear, reader: you will enjoy yourself." I am completely confused as to why Sarah Rudin felt like that needed to be updated with the world's most outdated slang. You're reading a classic; why not feel like you're reading one?
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A translation to savor 14 July 2013
By This-and-That - Published on Amazon.com
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Read a review of this translation in the Times Literary Supplement, which had some reservations about the various dictions/styles of English used to reproduce the different tones in the original. It is masterful and virtuoso writing, apart from being a crazy story and a very good read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely hilarious! 19 Mar. 2013
By Anchises - Published on Amazon.com
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It's great to read one of the "great classics" that really lives up to its name. This one is not just a great story, but it's a lot of fun to read. Classics people tell me that Apuleius' writing style was very unique and extraordinarily difficult to translate. This translator did a wonderful job of translation -- not just in terms of conveying the Latin words into English, but in terms of conveying the puns, the alliteration, the double entendres, the dirty jokes, and the (often) scatological humor. I don't often laugh out loud while reading a funny book, but I've been laughing out loud a lot! The story is a bit like the Arabian Nights, with lots of stories told by the characters (eg, Cupid & Psyche) -- but the writing style is a bit like Damon Runyon or some very naughty stand-up comedian. The guy is a riot! Not recommended for children under 12, but a must-read for anyone who loves a good romp.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A witty beast 27 April 2013
By Lee H. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
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It's funny and often rhapsodic, as when Venus' pink-soled feet glide over and calm the waves; it's sometimes disturbingly bestial as well, as in its descriptions of unbridled torture. The slangy translation seems just right, the way street-wise Romans of Apuleius' would have heard the tale.
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