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6 years 5 months ago #157755 by izzie
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...and it might be time for me to get a proper bookshelf.

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6 years 5 months ago #157758 by Hertsi88
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Dirt is the best book ever.

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6 years 5 months ago #157759 by mrs v. viper
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izzie wrote: ...and it might be time for me to get a proper bookshelf.


hahaha. I know the feeling. Beware tho, space runs thin with those too eventually.
I'd be intrested what you think about Dracula when you're done. I always thought it seems very modern for it's time even tho it's typically long...

Another thing I've been thinking about lately when it comes to literature and esp. when it comes to classics is language. I usually try to read in original language but since I only understand english or german that obviously isn't always possible and I'm always afraid that I miss something or that maybe the author meant something different than the translations... anybody here who has some thoughts about that? Am I too paranoid?

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6 years 5 months ago #157760 by Sheila
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izzie wrote: and the original version of Dracula

Look forward to it :lol: Or, since you probably have started already, look forward to the rest of it :lol:

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6 years 5 months ago #157762 by mrs v. viper
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Hertsi88 wrote: Dirt is the best book ever.



uhm... no. :lol:

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6 years 5 months ago #157763 by Sheila
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mrs v. viper wrote:

Hertsi88 wrote: Dirt is the best book ever.



uhm... no. :lol:

Its a fun read, but 70% of it is probably just bullshit. :p

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6 years 5 months ago #157764 by Sarah
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mrs v. viper wrote: Another thing I've been thinking about lately when it comes to literature and esp. when it comes to classics is language. I usually try to read in original language but since I only understand english or german that obviously isn't always possible and I'm always afraid that I miss something or that maybe the author meant something different than the translations... anybody here who has some thoughts about that? Am I too paranoid?


You're not paranoid, i like doing the thing this way too. Original language is the thing. Especially about poetry, but even for prose. You miss the sound of the words, the ideas those words put togheter are supposed to give. Yeah, you get almost the same meaning, but it lacks something you get in the original version. I got a copy of "Les Fleurs Du Mal" by Baudelaire, and it's got both the languages, french on one side and italian on the other. I know a bit of french and so i tried to read it in french, i used the italian comparation just when i needed some support. There's no simile, it sounds totally different.
Same thing i did with some italian books, it happened to me that i had to read some parts in english... Totally different.

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6 years 5 months ago #157765 by mrs v. viper
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Yeah okay, but like german and english are like all I can haha. I could do the comparison stuff with swedish I suppose tho.

I try to get books wriiten in french,spanish, italian etc in english and scnadinavian and slavik books in german, because I think it works best that way but I'm always a bit "meehh, I don't really want to read a messed up version..."

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6 years 5 months ago #157766 by Sarah
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Yeah, i know the feeling... I'm pretty much interested in some languages, so i hope i'll learn them good enuff to read books in original versions. But at least know i can read them in a language i know, and may be that later i'll do it again :lol:

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6 years 5 months ago #157767 by izzie
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Well of course you've got a point, a translation is always some kind of interpretation of the original work. Although (especially for classics) there are often a bunch of translations around and by searching around for a bit you can often get the idea of which ones are good (= similar to the original) and those who are not.

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6 years 5 months ago #157768 by mrs v. viper
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good tip!^

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6 years 5 months ago #158376 by Mz. Hyde
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Just finished reading "Life After Death" by Damien Echols. Very interesting!

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