Coraline

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I noticed the book, while at the library with my family and added it to the stack of books we were picking up for our kid.

This is a novella about Coraline, whose parents don’t really pay too much attention to her until finally one day they disappear. Coraline suspects the weird door at the end of the unused room in their apartment. She enters the door to find a weird and twisted version of her own world with an other mother that tries to lure Coraline into staying in the other world.

The translation unfortunately sucks monkey balls. There’s several phrases that are lazily translated into language that just doesn’t fit into Finnish. Although the story pulled me in quickly, the translation kicked my out a few dozen times during the novella. This is a reason I prefer original language versions of books, if I just am fluent in the original language.

As mentioned, the story did pull me in, but due to the format and the target audience, it is quite simple. A fun and light read, but nothing too special.

  • Title: Coraline
  • Author: Neil Gaiman
  • Year: 2002
  • Finnish title: Coraline varjojen talossa
  • Translation by: Mika Kivimäki
  • Finished in: Feb 2017
  • 3/5
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To Kill a Mockingbird

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I’m not going to be writing at pretty much any length on novels that I read, since I don’t feel like I have anything of importance to say most of the time. Just some notes to remember that I’ve read them.

To Kill a Mockingbird has been getting my attention for a while now and I finally picked up the Finnish translation – Kuin surmaisi satakielen – and read it.

It’s a coming-of-age story telling about Scout (Jean Louise Finch) living with his attorney father and big brother in a small town somewhere in Alabama. The town is quiet and days repeat without much variation, until a black man is accused of raping a white woman. Scout’s father is the attorney for the black man, who is seems to be innocent. – although he knows the result beforehand, he refuses to do anything but his best in defense of the man. This is the setting, where the 6-year-old Scout tries to make sense of the world.

The story is filled with affection and warmth and the language just sucks you into the novel’s world from the first page. I loved it from start to finish.

  • Title: To Kill a Mockingbird
  • Author: Harper Lee
  • Year: 1960
  • Finnish title: Kuin surmaisi satakielen
  • Translation by: Maija Westerlund
  • Finished in: Jan 2017
  • 5/5