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Lost In Translation: A Life in a New Language Kindle Edition
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When my father was posted back to Europe, we continued this rate of moving. I was sent to boarding school in England as an attempt to mitigate the disturbing business of constantly changing schools. The result was that sometime I came 'home' to find that my parents had moved while I was at away. The 'home' I had left was now 'home' in some quite other place. Sometimes I came back to find that it was my pals from next door or down the street that had moved. Whether I moved or they moved, the result was that friendships were summarily ended without notice, without preamble. I've had 16 homes in London alone. To date, at age 58, I'm in #46 and as I put the key in the front door of this one for the first time, I thought, "Where next?"
So, I had a great deal of anticipation that this book would throw some light on the business of being an exile because, as you will grasp from the above, when someone asks me "Where are you from?" what on earth [pun intended] do I say?
The woman who wrote this book has done a lot of thinking about all this. I believe that, at bottom, her life after moving from Poland - school, university, post-grad, career - has been an conscious exercise in deconstructing her Polish self and replacing it with an American self. She has made this process a way of life in itself and life as she has lived it has been moulded to serve this end.
She has used language to do this. And my word!Read more ›
by the time I got to the third quarter of the book and had the same thing about words not being transferrable between cultures for the nth time, got bored with the self obsessed whining tone. Could hardly finish it.
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Speaks to anyone who ever felt alienated, especially during the shallow, post war fifties.Published 8 months ago by Anne Burge
Wonderful use of English, but subject too interested in self , and no conclusion.Published 18 months ago by mary martin
This is one of the best books that I have read this year! Wonderful analysis, great research, well written, very readablePublished on 24 Aug. 2013 by Mrs. N. L. H. Rolls
I love this book, probably one of the best books i have ever read. So beautifully written, with so much emotion. This one is definitely staying on my book shelf!Published on 9 Jun. 2013 by Miss INK2