Best translation of Notre Dame?

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Best translation of Notre Dame?

Postby humanracer » Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:47 pm

I just bought the Collins Classic version today. It is titled "Hunchback of Notre Dame". It does not mention the translator but I think it is Frederic Shoberl. I am finding the book pretty hard going to be honest and struggled to finish the first chapter. Hugo spends a lot of time describing a hall, which is fair enough but the text does not seem to flow that well. I am wondering if it would be worth trying another translation or should I stick with this one?


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Re: Best translation of Notre Dame?

Postby Gervais » Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:19 pm

iBooks has the Isabel Hapgood translation, actually titled Notre Dame de Paris, and even though I haven't read that one all of the way through it's pretty good so far.

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Re: Best translation of Notre Dame?

Postby MmeBahorel » Tue Jun 18, 2013 1:45 am

The Penguin (John Sturrock) and the Signet (Walter Cobb) both read well, though I haven't spent enough time with either and my French copy to make any significant comparisons. On a quick check of the first couple pages, I'm finding Cobb very fluid, but I'd make different translation choices at times (nothing's really off, just there are ways to be a bit more exact without killing the flow). I don't own the Sturrock (I read it first, then my parents bought me the Cobb, and this was all about 15 years ago).
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Re: Best translation of Notre Dame?

Postby enjolraslesunicorn » Mon Jul 22, 2013 10:15 pm

My copy's from the Barnes and Noble Classics thing. It's introduction and footnotes are by Isabel Roche, but it's translated anonymously... I like it though. It's easy enough for me to read.
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Re: Best translation of Notre Dame?

Postby FortressDoor » Thu Oct 17, 2013 9:37 pm

My Wordsworth classics edition has 250 notes attached, a lot of which are just the annotator correcting the translator , which is annoying :(
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Re: Best translation of Notre Dame?

Postby Maria Combeferre » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:04 pm

I'm reading Hapgood's translation becuase it was the one available on Project Gutenberg but experience from her work on Les Misérables leaves me vary and wanting something more reliable for a printed copy.
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