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Winnetou - The Apache Knight (Classic Westerns Series) Kindle Edition

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Length: 286 pages Word Wise: Enabled
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About the Author

German author and one of the greatest best-sellers of fiction of all times. May wrote adventure and travel stories for the young, which are notable for their true-to-life details and descriptions.

Product Details

  • File Size: 220 KB
  • Print Length: 286 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 142501190X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Diggory Press (www.diggorypress.com) (March 26, 2008)
  • Publication Date: March 26, 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0016KITTW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,844 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've read Winnetou about 6 or 7 times since the first time at the age of 10. It was in my native language, Polish. It was a wonderful read. This is no where near the book it's supposed to be.

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.
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Format: Paperback
We purchased this book because my husband remembered his mother enjoying reading them decades ago in Prague when he was a boy. The easy read version was a mistake to get. The font was good, but the ubiquitous and omnipresent typos did not make reading easy. I read aloud and often had to stop and reread sentences because "on" should have been "of" or some other mistake was apparent. Bottom line, the book in this form was a disappointment.
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By Dragone on December 15, 2010
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The translation from German to English is really bad. The book is great though. I would suggest to try the same book by another translator.
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Format: Paperback
I read most of Karl May's stories as a child. They were at that time translated into Czech. The stories are everything you could ask for. There is adventure, mystery,etc. You name it and it's in there. Deep down there are also non-assuming messages on how to be a good person. These books shaped my views on bigotry in a way no speech or lesson ever could have.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
UPDATED: About the second screen of text, the main character is advised to "Fear Clod, but fear no man." This is obviously sage advice, except for one thing. Who the heck is Clod? By consulting another edition of this work I learned the line SHOULD have read "Fear God" instead of "Fear Clod." Talk about an egregious error! Fortunately, the comparatively few additional scanning errors are not so dramatic. There is, however, a larger issue with ALL versions of this ebook currently in the Kindle Store: May's text has been greatly altered.

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.
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Format: Hardcover
I bought 2 books for my grandsons for Christmas, being familiar with the story from my childhood. The story, abridged, which was not mentioned on this item, still is a great read. My biggest disappointment however were all the typos throughout the book. I feel it was not worth my money. I hope there is another publisher to do this better.
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Format: Paperback
I was 15 years old in Hungary when I read the Karl May's stories of Winnetou and Old Shatterhand. What a great nostalgic experience it was to read them again, this time in english, over 50 years later.
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