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Lost in Translation by Eva Hoffman
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Mar 29, 2009

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bookshelves: new-york-books, bicultural
Read in April, 2009

Overall, I enjoyed this book; I liked the strange theme about translation, and I generally like these multi-cultural, immigrant-negotiating-a-new-place stories.

I hated how reptitive she was. She writes these really interesting sentences to describe things. Like she used the term "oblique angles" to describe someone's face. I liked that, until, less than two paragraphs later, she used the exact same term to describe something completely different. And then again, a few pages later. If you write something original, it's not gonna be good if you manage to immediately turn it into a cliche in the space of a few pages!
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