Sunday, 25 July 2010
Birds and Bees goes cute
This has suddenly appeared on Amazon. I'm not at all sure why, since I've already received copies of the French version, which was quite different. But I suppose it's rather sweet, in a Dr. Spock-ish sort of way. But it costs over £16 so I certainly won't be buying it.
However, I do wonder where it came from...?
Posted by Frances Garrood at 16:33
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Yikes. Don't you get an author copy, since it's your book and all?ReplyDelete
Hi Faye. Since you ask, I've contacted Macmillan (who were as surprised as I was) and they're finding out about it. But it's all very strange, especially as the picture bears no relation whatever to the book.ReplyDelete
How to bring up your child? Don't (or maybe do)let babies eat roses?
I assume the translation must be idiomatic--and, since the French are ruthlessly and (oddly) Germanically inflexible about their figures of speech, I'd guess the phrase must be spot on. (The things we'd call "cliches," the French call "the proper way of expressing it.")ReplyDelete
Please keep us updated!
It's the baby manual look that bothers me, David. People are already looking up the English version thinking it's a sex manual. Perhaps I should start writing manuals.ReplyDelete
Oh well. Back to the WIP...
I do think somebody should take the rose away from that child!ReplyDelete
The rather charming title is, however, somewhat reminiscent of the dedication in the English version of the book?
I think the rose is probaly plastic, Alis. Or maybe it's got something to do with rosehips (rosehip juice, babies, that kind of thing?).ReplyDelete
By the way, how was the holiday? and the midges? Did the anti-midge stuff work?
The holiday was wonderful and surprisingly midge-free thanks, Frances. Though when we did have occasion to use the stuff one day when walking through a forest, it was remarkably effective!ReplyDelete
I have now received five large very pink copies, and the rose is definitely plastic. Phew! So altogether I now have 11 copies in French, and have nowhere to put them (and no-one to read them, although I have started one myself in order to improve my French).ReplyDelete
I'm so glad about the holiday Alis - and the midges!