Winnetou - The Apache Knight (Classic Westerns Series) Kindle Edition
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My first issue is the typos and improper English that pops up all over the place. The dialog feels like old English instead of old wild west.
My second issue is the translation. It's horrible. Wrong choice of words...things taken out of context...
Third and biggest issue.... HALF THE BOOK IS MISSING! There's tons of details that were omitted. My Polish copy has 450 pages! I finished this book is about 2, maybe 3 hours. I think there's "Short Stories" out there that are longer.
If you have a love for Karl May books AVOID this one at all costs. If you can, read it in German or find a FULL and PROPER translation in your language.
You see, this is no mere translation of May's German text into English, nor even merely an abridgment of May's 700+ page "Winnetou" opus; this is virtually a TOTAL REWRITE by so-called "translator" Marion Ames Taggart (uncredited in this edition), and these are essentially Taggart's words, not May's. The result is that this book is short, easy-to-read, and admittedly charming enough to inevitably prove enjoyable to some curious but uncritical readers. The gung-ho, Rover Boy-ish plot involves a greenhorn lad, fresh out of college, who goes West; there he meets, impresses, learns from, bests, and befriends some old, experienced frontiersmen. Together they have numerous adventures and close calls, leading to his friendship with a mighty Indian chief. But while all this can be fun, the story now comes across as puerile, juvenile-oriented entertainment. (Though I wonder how many -- if ANY -- of today's juveniles might choose to read it; probably very few.) The point is, this is not the book May wrote. It is an adaptation.Read more ›
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When I was in the Navy in 1967 I saw both Stewart Granger as Old Sureshot and Lex Barker as Old Shatterhand in several German films made from Karl May' s works. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Dr Who? Regenerated
In this book the Indians actually say how. In this book the Apache's live in Pueblo's. There is some action but mainly it's a lot of long-winded talking back-and-forth, noble... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Rodger Jacobsen
I received this as a gift from friends in Germany as a present. They knew I enjoyed reading nonfiction. Read morePublished on August 11, 2013 by Gary K. Kemp
This book has obviously been translated into English. I know the author never visited the United States so it's a fun read from a European perspective.Published on June 11, 2012 by Elfriede
I read all the Karl May books when I was eight or nine and loved them (as well as the movies with Lex Barker) . Read morePublished on February 20, 2010 by Chris Riley
I grew up reading these adventures. I am tickeled pink that these stories are available on Kindle. I remember having the biggest crush on the Hero Winnetou and imagined that... Read morePublished on March 27, 2009 by Sabine M. Paczinski
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