Wednesday, August 24, 2022
Saturday, August 20, 2022
Picked my Loeb copy of Caesar's Civil Wars off the shelf last weekend and breezed through books I and II. Then was busy during the week. Finished book III, and thus the book, today, after moving our youngest into her college dorm. Sadness.
What do you need to know, dear reader, about this book? An Army travels on its stomach. As do its horses. That was a big theme in the book, finding corn and provender. Enough discussion about moving armies here or there, high-ground, slaughter, all that. But really, if you didn't have food for men and animals (not to mention water), you were pretty much screwed.
This one ends in Alexandria, with that war about to start. Classical civilization was war. Now I'm in search for (a cheap version of) Loeb's number 402, covering his wars in Alexandria, as well as Africa and Spain.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
"Quite a gay book," I told my friend who suggested I read it. Why did I say such a thing? Well, it surprised me the author's description of (SPOILERS) soldiers going out at night and "picking up queers." There wasn't any kind of explicit sex like you'd read in a Stephen Fry novel, but plenty of suggestion. Yet still, how far did the soldiers go? Just use "the queers" for drinks? Or more? Unsure.
But this was but a small part of this book. It mostly dealt with a unit assigned to Hawaii during the months prior to December 7th. The reader could feel that day approaching while reading this book.
Two main characters here: Milton Warden and Robert E. Lee Prewitt. Sad stories, both. Long and drawn out. I can't imagine what part of the book is featured in the famous beach-and-waves-coming-in scene from the movie.
I read this book on Audible...all 36 hours of it. Holy crap it was long. But well worth the read. Soldier-life during WWII. Were there really that many whorehouses everywhere? Reminded me of stories about the French Foreign Legion. Was there so much adultery in those units?
Interestingly, the author notes at the end of the book that everything in the novel is fiction except for the scene about the murder-beating in the military prison. Scary. That particular part of the novel was difficult to read; glad I didn't know about the truth behind it before reading it. SPOILERS done.
Took a while, but worth it.
Thursday, August 11, 2022
I've been translating the book Mi Stelojn Jungis al Revado for my monthly writing club, and it has been such a blast. My Esperanto is pretty good, but translating is another thing altogether. Trying to remain "invisible" as the translator isn't easy. And trying to render in English the creative ways Mikaelo Bronstejn uses Esperanto? Quite the challenge!
So I thought I should read some books. I've read other books on translation and have tried to take lessons from them, but this particular one is about one possible future. Could I make it, even part-time, as a freelance translator?
This book is primarily not about literary translations. Doubtful I'd ever be contracted to translate birth certificates, deeds, or the like from Esperanto to English. But the information was still beneficial. Lots on setting up your day, your office, billing. Also networking, which I'm sure measures heavily in how these freelancers earn money.
The author, Corinne McKay, hosts a wonderful website, Training for Translators, with many nice-looking courses at affordable prices. It was from this website that I got this book.
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