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The Shape of Water
The Shape of Water
by Andrea Camilleri
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.55
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2.0 out of 5 stars Italian Mystery Novel Suffers in Translation, June 22 2012
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Ce commentaire est de: The Shape of Water (Paperback)
The Shape of Water is a mediocre mystery, if one judges a novel by the reader's compulsion to discover the murderer.The thrust to learn the truth of a detective story is hampered by translation from Italian. It is not a bad translation, but it is a tale told not in its original language. Therefore the author's Sicilian humour and sense of comic doom and shrug of cynical chaos reads oddly in Englgish. What may be sprightly prose in Italian is workmanlike plodding in colorless English. Granted, I am a big fan of idiomatic English and no fan at all of translation. I would end with an Italian proverbial saying that covers the situation perfectly: traditore - tradutore "the translator is a traitor." It means the author's intents in his native language can never be fully transposed into a foreign language. And Andrea Camilleri, whatever his prowess in Italian, does not translate into the deft and compelling English required to hold a mystery reader's attention.

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs
by Walter Isaacson
Edition: Hardcover
Price: CDN$ 23.19
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5.0 out of 5 stars Structure of biography as important as content, Feb. 29 2012
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"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson

a note by Bill Casselman on Feb 29, 2012

By now we all know the chief biographical revelations of Isaacson's popular book. What impressed me was the book's structure and ease of reading.

Isaacson's many years at Time Magazine as editor and writer have taught him the dextrous presentation of fact, the patient parcelling out of life info.

This is one bio. where the reader does not have to wait until the end of the book for insights into what made Jobs the man he was.

Isaacson strews sweet jellybeans of bio-insight all along the book's path.

A literate joy to read!

As a writer, I've started to re-read it, to pay closer attention to the adept verbal carpentry work Mr. Isaacson performed while structuring his project.

Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This"
Holidays in Hell: In Which Our Intrepid Reporter Travels to the World's Worst Places and Asks, "What's Funny About This"
by P. J. O'Rourke
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 11.19
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4.0 out of 5 stars mailed paperback copyof O'Rourke book, Jan. 28 2012
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I was completely satisfied with the O'Rourke book mailed to me. It arrived in a timely fashion and, as a used paperback, was in the condition advertised.

Quite happy with the whole process.

Bill Casselman

Reflections On A Marine Venus
Reflections On A Marine Venus
by Lawrence Durrell
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars goods\product service, Aug. 12 2011
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Paperback arrived in a timely manner and was exactly as described, in good shape for a used book.I am totally satisfied with the order.

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