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Coriolanus In Plain and Simple English: A Modern Translation and the Original Version Paperback – March 16, 2012
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This book, however, only adds to the problem.
For example, consider this sample:
He's bolder than the devil, but not as smart. My bravery's been tainted
Bolder though not so subtle. My valour's poisoned
because I he keeps hurting me. That bad side of it is going
With only suffering stain by him; for him
to come out for him. I won't stop hating Marcius for any of the following reasons:
Shall fly out of itself; not sleep nor sanctuary
This is but a tiny portion of a large section. The translations are in italics, but that does not help. The book does not allow the expression of a complete thought, constantly interrupting itself, constantly mixing text and translation to the point that a single paragraph requires multiple re-readings. This is maddening.
As I said, I applaud the effort to make Shakespeare generally available. Even so, this is no way to do it. Turning text and translation into a chaos of intermixed sentences and paragraphs makes a mess of both. I don't know who decided this would be a good idea, but believe me, it isn't. I will never buy a book of this series again without first checking to see that this truly bad idea of presentation is not repeated.