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Besides, she never stays long because I never invite her to sit down.

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While a new title might have sparked fresh interest in the work, it would also have also caused confusion for future readers. Once again, Mme Bouthiller demanded my opinion. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. The translation was very well done. Rereading the original French, I found that in fact the tone was very oral. East Dane Designer Men’s Fashion. So, I gave it to her: He is a man of few words, carefully weighed, especially when dealing with the priest.

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Our conversations invariably follow the same pattern. Jodoin is not British; he is French Canadian. I’d like to read this book on Kindle Don’t have a Kindle? Her husband is a little too fond of the bottle. CommentTranslation Retranslating a Quebec Classic.

This may have been justified at a time when the British presence in Besstete was still strong. I brought in more up-to-date, North-American words and expressions where appropriate. She wanted to know if I had at least noticed the belfries, the highest in the county, it seems.


Mme Bouthiller objected that in that case, M. Write a customer review. The novel, which deals with censorship in pre-Quiet Revolution Quebec, was itself subject to indirect censorship: Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. Learn more about Amazon Prime. As for her, I think that she unloaded her whole life story on me with the exception of her relations with her husband.

Modifying the title of a previously translated work is always highly sensitive, and even more so with a classic. And can a Sunday ever be long! Le libraire feels more like a dialogue than a true stream of consciousness, as if Jodoin were ironically besseyte his petty adventures ilbraire another person.

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librarie Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. Mme Bouthiller agreed with this, while adding that, besides, M. Once my breakfast is dispatched, Bromo-Seltzer, Safe-All salts, tomato juice, and two bananas eaten in my room I have nothing more to do.

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She informed me that some people were of the opinion that the inside of the church was too dark. First, ,ibraire questions about my potential needs to which I always reply that nothing is missing.

Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. I started this way and might as well continue. To convey this difference I paid particular attention to the oral nature of the text, which includes countless passages of dialogue.

So far, this journal has been effective. As she seemed liibraire be soliciting my approval, I uttered a few words in praise of her respect for the truth. With Le libraire I constantly sought to understand where Shortliffe was coming from, in terms of the original, while attending to how his translation, and now mine, would affect both considered interpretations and superficial readings of the novel. I did consider changing the title but decided it was not worth it.


Then, she wanted to know my views on whether the Joachimites had a peculiar way of speaking. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Jodoin may exhibit a certain childish playfulness but he is a mature, lle, middle-aged man.

Letting the subject of church then drop, her interrogation took on more breadth, embracing llbraire whole town. Explore the Home Gift Guide. Get to Know Us. A Frenchman might have been a bit thrown off, perhaps, but I had no difficulty understanding for my part.

Especially as I wake up on that day just as early, if not earlier, since the taverns close right at midnight on Saturdays. Then, abruptly, she touched on the subject of her boss, a cadaverous old man of at least seventy who still seems interested in a bit of skirt. I believe I would. I added that I was a quite poor judge in this matter, given that I always paid the least possible attention to what people were saying to me.