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Old 10-20-2009, 02:57 PM   #76
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Old 10-20-2009, 03:52 PM   #77
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:10 PM   #78
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Unless we all read the same translation, I think we should not have a non-English book in the list.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:21 PM   #79
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Unless we all read the same translation, I think we should not have a non-English book in the list.

Wouldn't the basic story be the same? Wouldn't the translation affect only small details? I'm not sure how detailed the discussions get here...
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Wouldn't the basic story be the same? Wouldn't the translation affect only small details? I'm not sure how detailed the discussions get here...
I'm not sure what the differences would be. But who knows. I do know (for example) that different translations of the Bible can put different slants on it.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:28 PM   #81
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It Les Mis wins we can cross the bridge then. We can specify a specific translation or ebook file...

But I really doubt they would make the story that much different.

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Old 10-20-2009, 04:29 PM   #82
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I'm not sure what the differences would be. But who knows. I do know (for example) that different translations of the Bible can put different slants on it.
True, but those same people argue about the number of angels on a pinhead.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:39 PM   #83
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I think it would be a shame to bar translations - but I'd welcome recommendations of which translation to go for if one won the vote.
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Old 10-20-2009, 04:52 PM   #84
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It Les Mis wins we can cross the bridge then. We can specify a specific translation or ebook file...
Or The Trial or The Brothers Karamazov

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I think it would be a shame to bar translations - but I'd welcome recommendations of which translation to go for if one won the vote.
While I technically do know some French and German, I'm not quite prepared to tackle a whole novel And I certainly don't know any Russian...

I would expect to read a translation - but their quality do vary, so recommendations in case one of the non-English books wins would be welcome. Apart from that, I would personally also consider reading a translation into my own language.
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:03 PM   #85
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Unless we all read the same translation, I think we should not have a non-English book in the list.
Given the international nature of these boards, I find this suggestion in somewhat questionable taste
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Old 10-20-2009, 05:09 PM   #86
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Given the international nature of these boards, I find this suggestion in somewhat questionable taste
Agreed. But also you might find limited participation for a Danish selection.

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Old 10-20-2009, 05:30 PM   #87
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Agreed. But also you might find limited participation for a Danish selection.

Certainly. That's why I'd prefer to keep an international scope - not just limited to one language and/or country

By the way, you make me want to suggest "Seven Gothic Tales" by Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen) for nomination. It's by a Danish author, but originally written and published in English.

There are wonderful classic books written in many different languages, but here we will have to nominate only the ones translated into English.

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Old 10-20-2009, 07:03 PM   #88
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Well considering Les Miserables is available readily in English, and that's even the title for the English translation, I don't see the problem.
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Old 10-20-2009, 08:14 PM   #89
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Isn't Les Miserables available here on MR? Would that make things simpler for those who want everyone reading the exact words? Just wondering.
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Old 10-20-2009, 09:52 PM   #90
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Isn't Les Miserables available here on MR?
Yes it is. Not sure about the other translated titles on the list.
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