Today, I thought I’d tell you about a couple things that has stirred up emotions in me lately, both good and frustrated. Let’s start with the frustration.
I recently read and finished Educated by Tara Westover, but the rant isn’t going to be about the book itself. I read the book translated to Swedish, because I wasn’t sure I wanted to buy it and instead used my new library card and checked it out from the library. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the original English version, only the Swedish translation, but I thought what the heck, how bad can it be?
The answer was…pretty bad (again, the translation, not the book). There was a lot of little things, but the thing that got me most frustrated was a lazy mistake.
In Sweden, we tell temperature by using the Celsius scale, not the Fahrenheit. But in a chapter when Tara Westover writes about how her abusive brother opened the car window when she said she was cold and how the freezing winds of northern Idaho in January chilled her to the bone because the temperature was in the twenties…that doesn’t work in Swedish. For a Swedish person, speaking or reading Swedish, when the temperature is in the twenties, it’s hot, or at least not freezing cold! Because 20C is 68F. And it’s such a stupid mistake with the easiest of fixes, and instead the error pulled me violently from the book and made me so irritated I seriously considered DNF:ing the book. Until I calmed down and realized it wasn’t the book’s fault, but the translator’s.
But now, days later, I’m still bloody annoyed by it and I’m considering emailing the publisher and pointing out the error.
Am I being a bit sensitive and over-reactive? 😀
Anyway. I finished the book and it was fascinating, even though I don’t agree with the 4.48 star-rating it currently has on Goodreads 🙂
Now for the good: I rarely watch movies (or TV shows) to my husband’s great sorrow, because I prefer reading. But he knows the best way to get me to watch something with him is by telling me about a sci-fi movie. I love sci-fi (watching, not reading!). So the other day, we watched Ad Astra with Brad Pitt, and I loved it.
There was a loneliness penetrating the entire movie from the first minute, that overwhelmed me. I loved the character development and found it believable (even though I’ve read reviews disagreeing with me – screw them! 😀 ) and how Brad Pitt’s character just kept going and going, but how everything that happened changed him in the end. I liked it a lot. And I felt that loneliness in my bones for days afterward – that must mean the movie was good, right? 🙂
Have you seen Ad Astra or read Educated? What did you think? 🙂