Monday, 27 May 2013

Shalee lhaih 2013: Shiaghtin 21

Jerrey kied shiaghtin as feed ny Shallee Lhaih. Shoh ny lhiah mee yn çhiaghtin shoh chaie:

Yn Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Natalie Nic Shìm)

Lioar vie. She skeeal neuchramp t'ayn (lioar phaitçhyn!) as er lhiam dy nee ryddim as cummey y skeeal cur taitnys da paitçhyn. Ta Nic Shìm er vreayl aitt y lhieggan Baarle, as y vardaght v'ayn myrgeddin - obbyr chreoi, ta mee shickyr, as wheesh scansh grammeydagh as liurid focklyn eddyr y daa hengey, agh jeant dy mie. Ta caslyssyn Scheffler fondagh da'n skeeal; ta blass rieughid orroo, agh t'eh co-lheie dy mie marish ny cretooryn gollrish deiney as fansee y skeeal.

Strawberry Marshmallow y.l. 3 (Barasui)

Mie foast.

Astro Boy y.l. 1-2 (Tezuka Osamu)

Ghow mee ish er y fa dy nee "ayr manga" t'ayn, as by vie lhiam fakin ny ren eh as y chummaght hug eh er screeudeyryn elley. Ta'n skeeal shoh çhaglym kuse dy skeealyn Astro Boy ass y mooarane ren eh. Er lhiam dy vel ad mie dy liooar. She aght baghtal t'oc: ta enney ayd er y noid hoshiaght son y chooid smoo, as cha nel ny skeealyn cramp. Ny yei shen ghow mee soylley jeu. Ta blass spotçhal meein nish as reesht, agh t'eh çheet er cooishyn trome myrgeddin. Cha noddym gra dy nee y red share lhaih mee rieau t'ayn: my t'ou cur genre noa er bun, cha cosoylagh eh dy jean uss yn obbyr share aynsyn. Agh t'ee mie dy liooar.

The end of week twenty-one of the Reading Project. Here's what I've read this week:

Yn Gruffalo (Julia Donaldson, Axel Scheffler, Natalie Nic Shìm)

A fun book. The story's simple enough as a children's book, but I think the rhythm and shape of the story will appeal to children. Nic Shìm has managed to retain the fun of the English edition, while also keeping it in rhyme. That must have been tough going, given the grammatical differences and variation in word length between the languages, but nicely done. Scheffler's illustrations seem ideal for the story, with a loose realistic style that blends nicely with the anthropomorphised creatures.

Strawberry Marshmallow v. 3 (Barasui)

Still good.

Astro Boy v. 1-2 (Tezuka Osamu)

I picked this up because I wanted to see what "the father of manga" had actually done and some of his influence. This book contains a collection of Astro Boy stories, and I found them decent. He has a pretty straightforward style, so typically the plot or the bad guys are clear from the beginning, and it's about the resolution. A gentle (and often slapstick) humour runs through the stories, and I felt like I recognised that influence from some later manga I've read. At the same time he deals with relatively serious topics at times, so the stories don't adhere to the child/adult distinctions Western audiences tend to expect from comics. I can see how people were confused by this at the time. I can't say it's the best thing I've read; the problem with starting a new genre is you're only starting to explore its possibilities. Nevertheless I enjoyed it a lot.

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