Author Topic: What are you reading?  (Read 29002 times)

Artie Fufkin

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #510 on: November 07, 2018, 10:02:50 AM »
Another vote for Dune being really good here. For some reason didn't read it until a couple of years ago because of a vague feeling that it wasn't my sort of thing. Really loved it. I gather the sequels have a "mixed" reputation though. The opinion I've seen seems to be split between people who think the first two sequels are worthwhile but don't bother after that and people who think you shouldn't bother with any of them.

Loved the first book. Hated the second . I keep meaning to try them again.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #511 on: November 08, 2018, 12:08:22 PM »
Currently reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Like a lot of people he has become one of my favourite writers. His prose is just beautiful. I also bought 1Q84 and will tackle that after Norwegian Wood.

I'm also trying to read more contemporary fiction so have ordered Milkman by Anna Burns. And also with new books, I want to read Murakami's latest. But so far the only editions of it are a massive hardback, which I can't be arsed lugging round on the tram on my commutes. Will wait for the paperback.

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #512 on: November 08, 2018, 03:59:42 PM »
Currently reading Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami. Like a lot of people he has become one of my favourite writers. His prose is just beautiful. I also bought 1Q84 and will tackle that after Norwegian Wood.

1Q84 suffers from the Rowling effect, where the fame of the author causes the editor to give up. It is simply too long. Technically it’s Jay Rubin’s prose that you find beautiful, and that might be another problem with 1Q84: it’s half translated by Rubin and half by someone else.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #513 on: November 08, 2018, 04:14:11 PM »
Technically it’s Jay Rubin’s prose that you find beautiful, and that might be another problem with 1Q84: it’s half translated by Rubin and half by someone else.

Look at you, assuming that I'm not reading it in the original Japanese! (I'm not)

Yeah I guess. But I would also guess that part of being a literary translator is also being able to capture the style/mood/nuance of writing of the original language of the author, at least as much as the translated language would allow. So some of it must be down to Murakami's style as well, even if one isn't reading it in Japanese.

Like Kafka in English. The way it's translated you can still tell it's a different way of writing and style than other English texts, which I'm guessing is down to the translators trying to capture Kafka's unique style, rather than it being the style of the translators themselves.

gilbertharding

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #514 on: November 08, 2018, 04:24:45 PM »
Now I'm halfway through Sense and Sensibility.

I'm enjoying it - but I'll have to read it again, to get all the stuff at the beginning about who's died and left what to whom... and I'm confused (although I don't think it matters) about which of the sisters is 'sense' and which 'sensibility'. I presume the buttoned up one is the former, and the moody one is the latter...

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #515 on: November 08, 2018, 04:49:04 PM »
Yeah I guess. But I would also guess that part of being a literary translator is also being able to capture the style/mood/nuance of writing of the original language of the author, at least as much as the translated language would allow. So some of it must be down to Murakami's style as well, even if one isn't reading it in Japanese.

Like Kafka in English. The way it's translated you can still tell it's a different way of writing and style than other English texts, which I'm guessing is down to the translators trying to capture Kafka's unique style, rather than it being the style of the translators themselves.

I know what you're saying, but as Rubin himself put it,

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When you read Haruki Murakami, you’re reading me, at least ninety-five per cent of the time

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #516 on: November 08, 2018, 06:36:56 PM »
I know what you're saying, but as Rubin himself put it,

Sounds like he's well jealous, pal.

FerriswheelBueller

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #517 on: November 09, 2018, 01:37:07 AM »
Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore.

Artie Fufkin

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #518 on: November 09, 2018, 12:39:51 PM »
Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore.

Ooh! Ooh! What's it like?

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #519 on: November 10, 2018, 02:00:17 PM »
Another vote for Dune being really good here. For some reason didn't read it until a couple of years ago because of a vague feeling that it wasn't my sort of thing. Really loved it. I gather the sequels have a "mixed" reputation though. The opinion I've seen seems to be split between people who think the first two sequels are worthwhile but don't bother after that and people who think you shouldn't bother with any of them.
I occasionally think "wasn't Frank Herbert a bit of a rum 'un, politically speaking?" then read up on him and it turns out that I'm basing that on him being related to Joseph McCarthy, while disagreeing with him on some things. I'll no doubt forget this again soon. Plus, his son carried on the Dune books, along with Kevin J Anderson, who I (perhaps unkindly) always think of as a hack for hire.

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Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #520 on: November 10, 2018, 03:48:25 PM »
The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger. I read this years ago and really enjoyed it, but didn't like the ending. I can't remember what it was about it annoyed me, and I found it for 50p in a charity shop so I've decided to find out. It's about a forger who suffers from debilitating headaches that can cause him to overdose, and his terror at being institutionalised means he has to keep reinventing himself so he's not sectioned. A few chapters in, it still holds up. The main character's a sort of antihero dick, but it's not annoying, and his paranoid analysis of his life is really compelling. I can't wait to get to the shit ending again!

Re: What are you reading?
« Reply #521 on: Today at 02:20:48 PM »
The Cyberiad by Stanislaw Lem.  Had no idea that the guy who gave us Solaris could also be so incredibly funny.  Props to the translator, too, as most of these stories about machines which can create anything in the world beginning with n, or write poems on command*, must have had very Polish-specific wordplay, but the translator did his job so well that you hardly would have noticed,

*when asked to come up with a poem about, "love, treachery, indomitable courage, on the subject of a haircut, and every word to start with the letter S," the machine produced:

Seduced, shaggy Samson snored.
She scissored short. Sorely shorn,
Soon shackled slave, Samson sighed,
Silently scheming,
Sightlessly seeking
Some savage, spectacular suicide.