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#Bookaday for June 7: Forgot I Owned It.


I just discovered it on my shelf, pretending to be anonymous. It was published by Nelson Doubleday, Inc., Garden City, New York, but there is no copyright date, which is strange. It’s at least 30 years old, though, and ‘Abridged for the Modern Reader’. Pah!


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3 Responses to #Bookaday for June 7: Forgot I Owned It.

  1. Kilian Metcalf says:

    I dislike abridges or condensed books. What is the point? If a book is worth reading, the entire book is worth reading. If it isn’t, then even the abridged version is a waste of time. I suppose it is for people who don’t like reading, but want to pretend that they have read a book so they can talk about it. Maybe also for students trying to find a shortcut to knowledge. Losers.

    • Gaynor says:

      I agree with you about the abridged versions of books. However, they are very popular with those learning English as a foreign language. Trouble is they miss out on the beautiful language of the original version, but still feel as if they have read the book. I have NEVER heard of anyone who has gone back and read the original as their language improves.Has anyone seen that happen?

  2. Patricia says:

    Kilian and Gaynor,
    I am not a fan of abridged books, but I can see Gaynor’s point, that they might be helpful to those learning the language. Of course, this particular book is translated from the original French, and so there’s an added complication in that the translation may or may not be a good one. If I were trying to read it in French, I might want an abridged version! But if it’s in English, and a good translation, I would want the unabridged version. I wonder how many people (like me) have not read the book, but have seen a filmed version of it. I see that it will be performed at the Ashland Shakespeare Festival in 2015, and I’ll be in the audience. I hope to have read the book, unabridged, by then.

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