For your goating pleasure.
If you'll recall a few months ago my husband and I were reading the sequel to Heidi called Heidi Grows Up by Charles Tritten, Johanna Spyri's translator.
I believe I promised at least one of my faithful readers I'd let you know how it was when we were done. I've let the matter cool and gather for a while now.
I called it a dry read then, and I'll go so far as to call it egregious now. Some people can write out a grocery list and it's a soaring epic of pain and joy. Tritten took a good idea and made it read like a grocery list.
It was boring and dull. Description was not his gift so we don't have a clear picture of Maienfeld or Dorfli or the mountains or, well, anything. He does mention the Falknis on occasion as though everyone ought to know all about it.
Anyone who's read Spyri's wonderful work knows that Heidi and Peter will end up together. In the sequel it seems Heidi is clueless as to this outcome. I understand what the author was trying to do, but he failed.
I know I sound harsh, but it's how I see it. Others may disagree. For Tritten's sake I hope so. I hope he has fans who love his work and that he made a healthy living with his two (he also wrote Heidi's Children) sequels.
Good for him for doing this. I think everyone should pursue their dreams and I'm happy that he got to do it. I wish it had been to my taste, but it wasn't and in all fairness, Heidi was a tough act to follow.
Meanwhile I've been reading at a reasonable pace and whittled my TBR main pile (we won't discuss the back up TBR pile) so dangerously low that I had to buy more books the other day. One does as one can.
Last week I read Equal Rites, by Terry Pratchett (Corgi Books, 1987)
"She found that life in the cottage wasn't entirely straightforward. There was the matter of the goats' names, for example."
I've done a bit more work on Dead Broke. It's coming along slowly, but at least it's coming along. Part of the problem is there's alway something around here that needs attention be it food, house, husband, or garden. I get up early to get things done and have discovered the earlier I start the less I accomplish.
Despite all that I have written a bit. Here are recent lines:
"Eddie, this is Dr. Phinneas Mossheart. He wants to help. And yes, he does exist."
Thanks so much for coming by. I really appreciate your attention.
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