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on 18 January 2012
Nowhere in the product description of this translation are we told that this is an ABRIDGED version! It's so severely abridged you might call it a precis. What a disappointment: all the wonderful colour and detail of Maupassant's novel are missing, leaving a bland, featureless shadow of the original. Anyone who had never read the novel in French would be wondering why Maupassant is so highly regarded as a writer. Of course, this crippled version only costs £0.77 but for me it was £0.77 ill-spent. My advice is to splash out £7.99 for a proper translation.
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on 3 January 2012
The book is only a half of the original novel and finishing in the middle of the sentence of the chapter 8. The total of chapters is 18 and there is no clear indication anywhere in the product's description clarifying this 'deficiency'!
This book is incomplete, and if this is meant to be split into more than one volume this should have been clearly saying in the title of the product as well as in its description.
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on 21 August 2012
It may have only cost 77p but that's not the point.What a terrible translation.It's as though the translator was in such a hurry to get the job done that they've cut the dialogue and action to the bare minimum.As for the illustrations!!! Quite what they have to do with anything is beyond me.Don't waste your time with this rubbish.
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