Reading notes, week 2

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January 13: First Term at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton, as a short vacation from the Lord Peter Wimsey reread. I used to know the whole series by heart in Dutch when I was about 10, but this is the first time I read the original and it’s confusing that all the names are different, because of course the translator thought they had to translate the names. I read boarding school books as a kind of exotic fantasy, and actually wanted the English names, but apparently not all ten-year-old girls are like that. I hope I’ll get used to “Darrell”[1] because at the moment I dislike that name a lot and I’ll be stuck with it for six books. (Well, I won’t be stuck with it, if I was called Darrell I’d change my name immediately.)

[1] English “Darrell Rivers” is called “Pitty Rivers” in the Dutch translation, which was an “aha!” kind of shock when someone[2] took me to the Pitt Rivers Museum at fourteen.

[2] She was my Greek teacher. And an archeologist. I had a terrible crush on her.

January 12: Gaudy Night by Dorothy L. Sayers. Finally finished! I read the cringey scene too, and this was one of the times that I almost believed the deranged woman — it’s so well written! And the ending took a bit longer than I remembered but that didn’t impair it.

Index of reading notes is here.

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