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somewhat clunking translation,
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This review is from: The Magic Mountain (Paperback)This is a book quite unlike any other, and is likely to be a read you remember for the rest of your life, it's that impressive.
One of the most sriking features is the pace, which is very deliberate....and will no doubt frustrate many readers by seeming slow and focussing on what might appear as trivialities. However, it builds into a superb picture not just of the characters but of what they represent. All of pre-WW1 european society is represented along with the preoccupations of that time. As a doctor, i also enjoyed the medical aspects of the book, including the sick role and the power of a paternalistic medical profession.
My reasons for ascribing 3 stars are entirely related to the translation by lowe-porter...she herself apologises for the quality of the work in the preface. With a shiny new translation by john woods now available, please consider obtaining that version. I "jumped ship" after reading the first 200 pages of lowe-porter's version and found the woods version so much more enjoyable, the characters have lost their muffled voices.
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Initial post: 8 Nov 2008 11:53:13 GMT
emma who reads a lot says:
thanks SO much for this. I am not totally struggling with Lowe-Porter, but I am finding it a bit weird. Your recommendation has definitely made me order the Everyman with the new translation. Nice to know someone else dabbles in different translations... I like your "jumping ship" image too. Never thought of it that way, but will from now on!
Posted on 23 Feb 2012 11:29:49 GMT
Melchior of Bunn says:
"Somewhat clunking" is a very kind description of the dreadful Lowe-Porter translation, which I've struggled through twice (the second time just to annoy my wife, who couldn't cope with all the infelicities). Good to know that there's another translation, but "jumping ship" when up a mountain sounds tricky ...
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