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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 04:52 PM
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Before you order a book, make sure it's printed in the language you speak.
Edited on Fri Dec-29-06 05:07 PM by bertha katzenengel
Mrs. V. is a big fan of Adriana Trigiani. She's always waiting for her next book to come out.

I found a Trigiani book on Amazon that I had never heard of: Herbstwolken. Weird title, but that's no reason not to buy a book. Mrs. V. had never mentioned it, so I ordered it and was going to give it to her for her birthday. Big surprise. Woo hoo!

I got my big surprise today, when a package arrived from Switzerland. I thought, "Must be Adriana's book. But from Switzerland?"

I opened it and sure enough, it was Herbstwolken. I turned it over to read the back, to see what it was about, and the spine caught my eye. It was printed upside-down, with the first letter of the title at the bottom. "Well, that's weird. . . ." I looked at the back.

It was in German.

The book I'd ordered was printed in German. Its title translates Autumn Clouds -- its title as published is in the U.S. is Big Cherry Holler.

Well! I guess the German language doesn't have a forty-three syllable word that encompasses "Big Cherry" and a word meaning "Hollow" in a Southeastern American Mountain dialect. Lazy-ass translators . . . .

:blush:

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Call Me Wesley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:02 PM
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1. 'Autumn Clouds' would be the right translation of 'Herbstwolken.'
Translation of books and its titles is always a surprise.

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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-29-06 05:09 PM
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2. Of course, you're right. Not even Google translator is that bad -- I posted
"leaves" instead of "clouds." :dunce:

:hi:
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bertha katzenengel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:35 AM
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3. kick for Saturday morning - I wonder if anyone else has had language "problems"
:dunce:
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BelleCarolinaPeridot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:55 AM
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4. Are you going to keep the German book ?
Because I love to collect books in German.
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QMPMom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-30-06 10:58 AM
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5. The literal translation in German of it is
Edited on Sat Dec-30-06 11:03 AM by QMPMom
"Grosses Kirsch Tal".

DH, who was born and raised in Germany, said he wouldn't have given the book title the direct translation.

Actually, this is often the case when books and movie titles are translated.

"Gone With The Wind" was "Vom Winde Verweht" - literally, "Blown Away By The Wind".



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