February 27, 2017 at 9:32 pm #26573
Hey, everyone! Recently, I’ve been on the lookout for some literary bangers to tackle in my free time, and a few that I’ve seen mentioned on here have caught my attention. Namely, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Brothers Karamazov, Crime and Punishment and possibly, possibly, Les Mis. (Zikers! Am I ambitious or what? 😉)
Anyways, all these have one thing in common: they each have multiple translations!! *pulls hair* Ahh!! I’ve never had to deal with this before! 😆
So, if you guys could point me in the right direction, I’d be eternally grateful! Which version did you read? If you’ve by any chance read more than one, which was your favorite? You get the idea. 🙂
For the tags…..@aratrea @daeus @r-j-wordsmith I distinctly remember all three of you mentioning at least one for these as being your favorite. And I’m pretty sure everyone hereabouts loves Les Mis., (😉) so I’ll just tag anyone else I can think of! @kate-Flournoy @emma-Flournoy @winter-rose @dragon-snapper @ethryndal @hope @his-instrument @anyone-else-with-a-suggestion!
GracieFebruary 27, 2017 at 9:44 pm #26575
This is the copy I read of the count of monte cristo. It’s the only translation I’ve read, but it felt very well done. https://www.amazon.com/Count-Monte-Cristo-Everymans-Library/dp/0307271129/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1488249837&sr=8-6&keywords=the+count+of+monte+cristoFebruary 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm #26578February 27, 2017 at 9:52 pm #26579
@GracieGirl Read Les Mis. It will not disappoint. (Unless you read the wrong version, perhaps. 😉 )
The version I read was a Signet Classic, complete and unabridged version, translated by Lee Fahenstock and Norman MacAfee. Here’s a link, just so you can see which one it is…I’m not sure if we bought it from here or not but am pretty certain it’s the same one.
Of course since I haven’t read the original French I can’t say how accurate of a translation this is, but as far as clarity and flow goes, it’s great. 🙂 Plus there are translations at the bottom of the pages of the French poems/songs/phrases that still appear in French.February 27, 2017 at 9:56 pm #26580
@emma-Flournoy Perfect! Thank you! 🙂 I’m fairly positive I will read Les Mis. I’m just not sure if, out of all the ones I listed, I’ll read it first.February 27, 2017 at 10:37 pm #26584
R. J. WordsmithParticipant
I got the Golden Deer Classics edition on Kindle for CoMC. The read was very smooth, and worth every one of the 117 chapters.February 27, 2017 at 10:40 pm #26585February 28, 2017 at 7:55 am #26598
*hides face* I…er…have honestly not read any of those…not even Les Mis. *runs for life*February 28, 2017 at 12:29 pm #26603
Emma FlournoyParticipantFebruary 28, 2017 at 8:05 pm #26623
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