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Jun 23, 2010

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Aaron

In case you are not aware of them, try the short stories and novels by Joseph Conrad for great examples of good English writing by an author who was not a native English speaker (he was born to Polish parents in Kiev).

Jakub Petrykowski

Ironically, I read Polish translations of some of Conrad's works in high school as part of Polish language class (which is traditionally combined with literature class). At that time I didn't know how much I can lose by reading translated works. Shame.

Thanks for an interesting pointer, Aaron.

Jakub Petrykowski

I tried reading "Lord Jim" in English. I couldn't.

I can hardly understand its language. The author uses many rare adjectives and nouns I have never seen before. I need to carefully decipher the meaning of each sentence. Perhaps it is a well written book, but I found it to be extremely unpleasant to read.

I liked Tolkien's works a lot, especially "Silmarillion" which I only read in English (as opposed to his other books which I read in Polish first). It seemed well written and the presence of older English language and rare words somehow wasn't a nuisance. Hm.

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