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    Jul 27, 2009
    "HJBRL - a wonderful read for kids" I just finished reading HJBRL. I read the original Bengali piece when I was a kid, and this one now. The author seems to have captured the flavor of the original quite well, and the translated phrases are well done, excel in their own originality. My 9 year old enjoyed it - she only reads English, so this was a great way for her to get acquainted with Sukumar Roy's works. I hope there are more works like this in the pipeline.
  • By sakti das
    Jun 3, 2009
    "HJBRL - A Nonsense Tale with illustrations by Sukumar Ray Translated and Adapted by Jayinee Basu" Jayinee Basu's translation and adaptation of Sukumar Ray's HoJoBoRoLo is an amazing feat and a real treat. Like most Bengalees I have savored the original HoJoBoRoLo all my life. This masterpiece of nonsense literature influenced peripherally by Lewis Carrol, maintains the charm and quality that is uniquely the author's own, as do his many other pure nonsense pieces. Sukumar's illustrious son, the world acclaimed movie and literary maestro Satyajit Ray wrote that it is difficult to find another example of such an exalted piece of pure nonsense. One cannot emulate it or analyze it; it cannot be created but by a genius. That emphasizes the difficult task of translating such a piece. Jayinee has taken up that challenge being fully aware that an exact translation conveying all the wit, humor and Bengalee expressions would not be possible. And yet reading her translation, I felt... More > similar ticklish amusement as I did with the original. Her English adaptation of the names, verses and nonsensical ambience in the book impart unique flavors and flows well. All in all Jayinee's translation and necessary adaptation transcends the difficulties of portraying regional colloquial speeches and nonsensical situations, making it universally appealing to readers of all national, cultural and linguistic background. BRAVO !!!< Less
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December 10, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.33 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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