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Old 03-30-2011, 06:23 PM
 
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Michael Chabon's "Gentlemen of the Road". An absolutely delightful trip through ancient Central Asia with scoundrels, described in dry and droll understatement. Short, and illustrated like a children's book. A real treasure.
Not really OT, but this is an author I never brought up in conversation because I wasn't sure how he pronounced his last name! French, sure. But he's from New York. Was it sha-BOW(n). Maybe it wasn't French after all, and he pronounced the "CH" differently, even like a "K". Never sure until recently when I watched Mysteries of Pittsburgh on cable and the announcer said it: sha-BAWN.
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Not really OT, but this is an author I never brought up in conversation because I wasn't sure how he pronounced his last name! French, sure. But he's from New York. Was it sha-BOW(n). Maybe it wasn't French after all, and he pronounced the "CH" differently, even like a "K". Never sure until recently when I watched Mysteries of Pittsburgh on cable and the announcer said it: sha-BAWN.
Yup -- and sha-BAWN is how it is pronounced in French. Your instinct was right on.
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Old 03-30-2011, 07:17 PM
 
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Yup -- and sha-BAWN is how it is pronounced in French. Your instinct was right on.
Ah, but you never know how even simple names can get Anglicized. So I kept my mouth shut . I like Chabon's Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but I really don't know if I'd have given it the Pulitzer that year. It was an opus, though, and the awarding committees do like them opuses.

I'm really not into gimmicks, but I thought for its time that House of Leaves by Mark Danielewski was really fun. The "Ergodic literature" thing needs maturing. Still, playing with form can be cool. (At the time I was living in the middle of the dot.com crash in SF, then 9/11 happened, so the whole new media and formal breakdown thing was relevant to me.)
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:11 PM
 
Location: Way up north :-)
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Have you read Stairway to Heaven by Richard Cole?
I read an interview with Jimmy Page where he said that book made him feel ill...so I haven't bothered with it thus far. I feel bad enough reading what I've read as it is.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:51 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Not really OT, but this is an author I never brought up in conversation because I wasn't sure how he pronounced his last name! French, sure. But he's from New York. Was it sha-BOW(n). Maybe it wasn't French after all, and he pronounced the "CH" differently, even like a "K". Never sure until recently when I watched Mysteries of Pittsburgh on cable and the announcer said it: sha-BAWN.
Dan Chaon is another writer worth reading ("Await Your Reply") with a similar name conflict. Chaon's name is pronounced /shawn/.

Peter H√łeg, ("Smila's Sense of Snow") is more difficult. Similar to pronouncing the word "hurry" very quickly, with the /ur/ as an umlaut.

At this site, you can enter names like that and hear native speakers say them.
http://www.forvo.com/
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Old 03-31-2011, 01:56 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I am currently reading 2 books, 1 physical book & 1 on my nook. The physical book is the 1st book of the Vampire Academy series: The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead. And on my nook I am reading the 3rd book in the Trylle Trilogy: Ascend by Amanda Hocking.
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Old 03-31-2011, 05:22 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Ah, but you never know how even simple names can get Anglicized. So I kept my mouth shut .
You're so right! I'm from Montreal and, after moving to CT, I noticed a lot of people here with French Canadian names. But they've totally Anglicized them! When I pronounce their names properly, they say, "Aaaah, that's how it's SUPPOSED to be pronounced but nobody here can say it like that, so..."
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Old 03-31-2011, 07:19 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I finished Max and the Cats. Life of Pi was "based on" a portion of Max and the Cats and maybe it was because Max and the Cats had no real "meat" (it's a very slim book), it just didn't do it for me. Life of Pi, on the other hand, well, we know that book REALLY worked for me.

I just read a few pages of Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann. I think I'm going to like this one a lot. I hope so! I'm looking forward to the workday (and dinner) being over with so that I can get to it! That's a good sign.
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Old 03-31-2011, 02:27 PM
 
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At one time, I used to read Ayn Rand about every two years. Atlas Shrugged has been a perennial favorite, ecen if the dialog is a litlle stilted. The A is A chapter runs a little long (mainly a soliloquy by Galt), but overall a pretty good indictment of the socialist mentality.

As far as the Larssen The Girl..... books are concerned, I thought them to be fairly good for all the poor editing (or lack thereof).

I am reading The Things They Carried and understand it is based on true stories, but I am really happy with the book as it is.

I'm wondering, though, how a movie of Rand's work will be directed, and if it will remain true to the story.
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Old 03-31-2011, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Texas
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At one time, I used to read Ayn Rand about every two years. Atlas Shrugged has been a perennial favorite, ecen if the dialog is a litlle stilted. The A is A chapter runs a little long (mainly a soliloquy by Galt), but overall a pretty good indictment of the socialist mentality.

As far as the Larssen The Girl..... books are concerned, I thought them to be fairly good for all the poor editing (or lack thereof).

I am reading The Things They Carried and understand it is based on true stories, but I am really happy with the book as it is.

I'm wondering, though, how a movie of Rand's work will be directed, and if it will remain true to the story.
We all drove around with bumper stickers "Who is John Galt?" back in the 60s. We thought we were so cool.
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