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Problems of Translation: or Charlie's Comic, Terrifying, Romantic, Loopy Round-the-World Journey in Search of Linguistic Happiness Kindle Edition
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"Exceptional, original, deftly crafted from beginning to end, ... an inherently fascinating, unique, funny, andcompelling read ...very highly recommended...."
"In this comic masterpiece...we take a wild ride...through the underside of the literary world....."--Robert Roth, author of Health Proxy; editor, co-creator of And Then
"...Marvelous touches of...poignancy ...pretty much perfectly done."--Ron Story (no relation), Emeritus Professor, UMass Amherst; author of Jonathan Edwards and the Gospel of Love
From the Back Cover
- ASIN : B00WV7BB12
- Publisher : Blue Mile Books (April 28, 2015)
- Publication date : April 28, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 3219 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 397 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,825,160 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The story moves right along and I often found myself reading one more chapter for a resolution of Charlie's latest misadventure. I won't give away the premise although I can say that something like it actually, and independently, took place (this is, I emphasize, not non-fiction, it most certainly is funny).
As in all good humor books there is a happy ending. I wonder if Charlie is up to one more absurd trip around the world.
Charles is a 60-something year old man who has a life of regret and humiliation and is looking for personal redemption. He has a creative idea of playing literary telephone with one of his short stories that takes him around the globe and on some surreal adventures.
The story is laced with "fortunate coincidence." Sometimes I was thinking this is quite the tale, other times my thoughts were how you just can't make this stuff up, and the rest of my thoughts were that this is just too absurd to be true.
The foiling of Charles' attempts to get his story translated was odd, but then the foiling of the foil's attempts was beyond odd. As a reader, I didn't really buy in to this sabotage on top of sabotage. The initial sabotage was hard enough to believe!
Of course Charlie would encounter some natural road blocks to his mission. But the ones he encountered along the way were crazy.
Overall, I felt like there were some answered questions and absent details to fill in a few gaps about Charles' life post academia and his financial situation. Charles is one lucky and fortunate man - read to find out exactly how. I was absolutely compelled to read the book to finish, and the clean ending made it worth it. Clever storyline but just a bit over the top for me.