Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Nutcracker by ETA Hoffman

translated by Joachim Neugroschel
(See, isn't it pretty?)

So, before Christmas I posted about the awesome Penguin Classics set we received.  This is one of those and I started reading it aloud to MeiMei (because she loved the picture book version) and finished by myself after the first of the year.

I have no idea what to say about this one....

On the one hand-- LOVE the gorgeous edition. 

On the other hand-- Nutcracker is a really screwy book.  Yeah, no way MeiMei would have lasted through the whole thing. Violent, confusing, bizarre.  Heck, I finished it and I'm still confused.

It honestly makes me wonder how much is lost in translation-- certainly there are concepts that simply don't translate culturally.  Maybe I should hunt down a copy in German.... as though I still had the German skills for that. HA!

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