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Favorite authorsCharles Dickens, Philip K. Dick, William Faulkner, Vassili Grossman, Adam Hochschild, Haruki Murakami, George Orwell, Anthony Powell, Matt Ruff (Shared favorites)

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Favorite librariesBelvedere-Tiburon Library, Sausalito Public Library

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Thanks for your rating of Wanderer by Sterling Hayden. You brought to my attention what looks like a good read and a bit of a one-off.
I was browsiing your library and noticed your high rating of Murakami's Wind up Bird Chronicle....I loved his Wild Sheep Chase, but I won't read the current available English translation of Wind Up... (nor will many at the World Lit forum, since the discovery that this translation is an abridged version:

But what the previous reviews do not mention is that the American publishers, Knopf, forced Murakami and his translator, Jay Rubin, to significantly abridge the original Japanese text. The casual reader would have no way of knowing this, and, indeed, I only noticed because I was reading alternating chapters of the book in English and Russian translations. Half-way through the novel, entire chapters suddenly started disappearing from the English-language text. Puzzled, I went back to the copyright page of the English-language edition, where, for the first time, I noticed the cryptic notation that the book was not only translated but also "adapted from the Japanese."

How much of the original text was "adapted" away? I don't read Japanese, but, based on a comparison with my Russian-language translation, which appears to be complete (no Russian publisher would commit such a travesty on an award-winning novel), it seems that something like 15-20% of the text has been cut. For those of you who find the English-language text of the "Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" choppy, or puzzling, or seemingly incomplete, at least some of the blame lies at the feet of the American publishers who decided, unilaterally, that American readers cannot handle a long book.

Anyway, the upshot is that if you can comfortably do so, try to read the "Wind-Up Bird Chronicle" in a non-English translation. Or, if you can't, demand that Jay Rubin's original and complete English-language translation be published.

Just thought you might be interested. Its a a travesty and hopefully a writer of his caliber it will be rectified at some point..
Hey there. After perusing your library, I'm thinking I'll read Remains of the Day and something by Alfred Bester. I can't believe I never heard of him 'til now. I might also read Lonesome Dove. I'm not really into westerns, but it still seems worth reading--the sort of book that transcends genre (hopefully). Thanks for sharing.
Hey Abbot,

Actually I recommend "Blood on the Forge" very highly. It is an amazing snapshot of life in the inner cities for black workers who migrated north during the early 20th century. It's grim, gritty, and you can feel the sweat and bile on your skin as you read it. It is a hard hitting novel, there is no letup, but you do get caught up in the lives of the Moss brothers. Really fantastic stuff and I'm amazed that it dropped off the map into obscurity. That's one of the things I like about NYRB Books, they just pluck these gems out of nowhere and bring them back into print.

Ken
Hey there. Thanks for adding me as a friend. I'm amazed I actually found someone else who has read "Blood on the Forge." Every time I mention that book, people give me blank stares.
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