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Kim Van Kieu of Nguyen Du: 1765-1820 Paperback – April 1, 2005

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Keith W. Taylor is Professor of Vietnamese Studies at Cornell University. He is the author of A History of the Vietnamese.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: University of Hawaii Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1740761278
  • ISBN-13: 978-1740761277
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,524,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This translation is almost a parody of a translation. For example, and there are plenty of them, "thus Kieu: 'now verily the otherworld of joss, envigours near, ...' just to show a vocabulary chosen from a scrabble dictionary based on an early edition of the OED.

There may be a poem in there somewhere that resonates in Vietnamese, but it sure doesn't in English. At least not in this version.

How I got to this anyhow: "The Tale of Kieu" is a plot driving element in one of the Tannenbaum series (Butch Karp et ux, et al), and I thought I ought to check it out. Turns out to be real, and one hopes better in some other version.
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