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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story badly translated, 13 Jan 2009
This review is from: The Lost Army (Hardcover)
This book is exactly the reason I find Manfredi novels frustrating. His books are so up and down in quality for me. The story itself is excellent, and written this time from a totally different angle. He has decided to write this from the perspective of a woman in the army's entourage rather than from the main characters perspective, which gives a unique look at this historic event. Unfortunately however the translation is poor (sorry Mrs Manfredi) which can make the reading at time very painful, almost like a badly dubbed B movie in places. Living in a non native English speaking country, some of the 'mistakes' are glaring errors where a literal translation does not work and sound like bad acting (at typical example might be something like "Xeno said 'Hello' and then Sophos said 'Hello' back to him"). Finally a silly pet hate for me on this novel is that the battle of Thermopylae (or Hot Gates) is constantly referred to as the Fiery Gates for some reason, something I think a different translator would have noticed. So in summary: good idea and interestingly about a historical event that is not often written about, however a very frustrating read.
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