I’m working my way through Hemingway’s “For Whom the Bell Tolls” and, I have to say, I’m finding it quite challenging.  Mainly, because although the narrative is straightforward enough, dialogue is written as a structural and literal translation of what the Spanish would have been.

Hence there are sentences like,

“And thee, Roderigo, can’st thou say thou hast never a woman struck?”

I found it lent a staccato feel to the flow.  Until, that is, when I was a chapter or two into it I realised it wasn’t a literal translation from Spanish at all, but that all the characters were from Barnsley.

Tha knows what I me-an?




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John Coopey

Thu 8th Dec 2022 17:56

Quite, MC. And thanks for the Like, Stephen G.

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 8th Dec 2022 15:48

If H. had written "The Sun Also Rises" today, some would have
thought it was going to be about life and work in the newspaper

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John Coopey

Thu 8th Dec 2022 12:29

Thankyou, Leon. And for the Likes, Bethany and Stephen A.

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Thu 8th Dec 2022 10:53

a reet nayce bit o scribing by heck JC ba gum


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John Coopey

Thu 8th Dec 2022 07:35

Greg - I gather the original title was
Oo’s tha ring-gin that thee-er bell fo’?

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Greg Freeman

Wed 7th Dec 2022 22:09

A refreshingly new take on that Spanish Civil War tome, John! And you're right. If it wasn't for the dialogue, maybe it would have been as good as A Farewell to Arms ...

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