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My Soul to Take by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir
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Mar 21, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: global-detective-fiction
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My feeling about this book: What the heck is everyone so excited about? I read several very positive reviews of the book, but I found it extremely hokey and old-fashioned and the writing....well, I can't take Sigurdardottir to task because I have no idea what the original prose is like, so let me just complain about the atrocious translation instead. I recall having the same feelings about this author's earlier novel, Last Rituals. The prose is flat and only rises in interest when the choice of vocabulary is jarring. The "ghost story" would be comfortable in 18th-c fiction. And if Steini was only able to drive in a specially-equipped car, how did he and (name suppressed) exchange cars? And, please, a cat?
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Lisa hear hear Rebecca. Good point about the car. Though I had taken to skimming by that point so wasn't picking up details. To me the translation wasn't as jarring as the structure of the book itself. And really. A cat? Please!

Jaksen Yes. I agree. Translation was prob. less than stellar. And the car and the cat - yikes? One would hope someone would have said, hey, it's just a cat. :D

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