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The Lion Hunt (La Chasse aux Lions): A Dual Language Story [Kindle Edition]

Alfred Assollant , Krisi Keley
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Book Description

Join the daring Dumanet and the brave (if not as daring) Pitou, two young soldiers of the 7th Light in Algiers, on their exciting (and funny) adventure, as they court danger and look for renown in Africa.

An approximately 20,000 word story, this book includes both the original 1887 French story and a modern (2012) English translation, as well as notes on the text.

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  • File Size: 244 KB
  • Print Length: 140 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00868IGUO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,679,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A neglected classic brought back to life November 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
At least among English-speaking readers, 19th-century French writer Assollant is less well-known than some of his contemporaries, mostly because little if any of his work has been translated. Keley, a fiction writer herself and a serious student of French language and culture aims to remedy this. Not speaking French myself, I can't judge the merits of the translation. But the numerous clearly worded notes on translational matters, and the authors commitment to excellence in all of her work, would suggest that it's very good, it's certainly eminently readable in English. (The English and French texts appear in their entirety one after the other, because the Kindle format does not readily support a side-by-side viewing.) A short but helpful biographical note on Assollant adds to the value of the work.

Assollant's story itself should be viewed, IMO, as an exercise in tongue-in-cheek humor, both of a verbal and situational sort, much of which still works today; it's best seen as a satire of the whole macho adventurous tradition in the French literature of the author's time. (This satirical intent, I think, is also behind the stereotypical treatment of the Arab characters.) Our setting here is the Algerian Mahgreb, the less arid coastal area of North Africa between the desert and the sea, and the author evokes it with an assurance that's clearly born either from first-hand experience or very good research. Our main characters, French soldiers Dunamet and Pitou, will remind fans of the TV series Psych of Sean and Gus, in the former's ability to drag the latter along on dangerous and harebrained schemes (here, a vainglorious hunt for a lion prowling in the vicinity of their camp) and in their over-the-top dialogue. Their resulting jeopardies of life and limb work pretty well as a tale of humorous adventure.

Full disclosure: I received a free electronic copy of this story from the translator herself, with no pressure to review it.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time & Effort October 12, 2013
By RobO
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Really, two separate books; one following the other. No side by side English / French.
Actually, I'd like my money back.
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Krisi Keley is a writer and artist with a degree in theology from DeSales University, who has also studied foreign and classical languages. In addition to Mareritt and Vingede, the first two books in the supernatural mystery-suspense series, The Friar Tobe Fairy Tale Files, she's also the author of the paranormal speculative fiction novels, On the Soul of a Vampire and Pro Luce Habere and of English translations of three 19th century French stories. She is currently at work on more Friar Tobe fairy tale mysteries as well as on other writing projects. She was born in Philadelphia and currently lives in Chester County, PA with her family and three dogs.

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