Of Essence & Appreciation
Or why a vast amount is lost in translation
(This article will primarily focus on creative works translated from English to Japanese)
A video version of this review can be found HERE.
I have recently begun exploring the world of critiquing creative works on YouTube (a dangerous pastime, I know… ) and I came across a video analyzing Hayao Miyazaki’s marvelous film,「 千と千尋の神隠し」, or, as it is known in English, “Spirited Away”.
The YouTubers who analyzed the work, Daniel Greene and Merphy Napier, are both excellent and have a wealth of interesting content in their channels, but a few points arose from their analysis that I felt were inherent issues when a non-native speaker attempts to analyze a translated work. The video can be found here, and I feel it is well worth a watch.
I will state at the outset that I have no idea how knowledgeable either of these reviewers are of Japanese language or culture. Further, please understand that what I present here is in no way an issue unique to these two reviewers. I feel their analysis was very well thought out and presented. The issues lie in understanding the fundamental difficulties in transferring a creative work from one language to another, and it is my contention that distance, method of expression, and cultural factors all play a part in why quite a bit is lost in the translation.
Wheel of Time, Book 13:
Towers of Midnight
The thirteenth installment in Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series was an overall excellent book with a great balance of action, exposition, character development and plot progression. This balance has been the bane of many books throughout the middle of this series, but since the eleventh installment it has fully returned to form.
My full video review can be found HERE
Wheel of Time, Book 12:
The Gathering Storm
This was an enjoyable read and a further uptick in the overall quality of the series. Following in the footsteps of Knife of Dreams, this book maintained a nice pace and provided a wealth of interesting plot progression. This book also had a good balance of exposition and action, and was perhaps the most satisfactory book in the series for me to this point. With that said, here are my main thoughts about the book:
You can also see the video review of this book HERE.
3 Line Tales 229: Linger
Below is my submission to 3 Line Tales: Week 229
For full details on the prompt, please click HERE.
For full submission rules, please click HERE.
The specter stood before the window staring at a stream of visitors making their way toward the castle, the citadel he had sacrificed his fortune to build and his life in failing to defend.
Endless days came and went with only a single haunting question remaining.
“History passes through the world like a breeze shifting clouds in the sky or grass in the meadow, but when will I” he thought, “When will I?”
Thank you, Sonya, for another wonderful prompt!
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