30 Day Book Challenge // 3

The longest book you’ve read.

Five Books Of Moses | Robert AlterThe Five Books of Moses, translated by Robert Alter.

1060 pages.

I’ve been slowly working through the reading list on wellread40 and this was one of the first books I read. It took me about a month to finish and while it seems very long at least half of the book is the author explaining the translation. Its actually really interesting to see the difficulties in translating Hebrew into English.

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15 Responses to “30 Day Book Challenge // 3”

  1. fabiantarango

    Still quite new to this so I wasn’t sure where to leave a comment.. But just wanted to extend my thanks for looking at my post ^^ Have a great day! And happy reading!

  2. shazzameena

    I was just writing some discussion questions on four of the middle chapters of Genesis. I could see in English where much of the emphasis and recurring themes of the narrative were – but I would have loved to be able to read (and understand!) it in Hebrew to see if there were further emphases I was missing. Looks like a good book.

    • bluchickenninja

      I can totally understand how interesting it would be to read it in Hebrew. I once read somewhere that translating it was difficult as some words in Hebrew simply don’t translate into English.

  3. icecandy16

    The longest book (here I am referring to novels) which I have read was “A suitable boy” by Vikram Seth. It was my first novel and I just loved that, if given chance I would love to read it again and again 😊

      • Madame Vauquer

        Count is a fabulous read. It has everything – romance, false imprisonment, revenge, buried treasure – the works. Make sure the one you read has around 1000 or more pages. Many of the old translations were heavily cut – in this case it would appear not for content, but for length. I saw one in my library with entire chapters left out. Apparently several decades ago they didn’t have to mention if a translation was abridged. Maybe they still don’t, I have no idea.

        • bluchickenninja

          I don’t know how long the copy I was looking at is, but it seemed to be a pretty big book. I’m sure I read somewhere that there were some chapters you could miss out and still get the full jist of the story.

  4. canaf

    I have a few of his books from when I was studying Hebrew. I am not familiar with this one, but I think I would find it interesting.

    • bluchickenninja

      It is basically his translation of the first 5 books of the Old Testament and him explaining how he translated it. But if you studied Hebrew you probably would enjoy it.


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