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Subject: Gordie's letter


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Cesare
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Date Posted: Tue, Dec 28 2010, 18:54:46 GMT

Probably everybody has already noticed what follows; if so Iím sorry to dwell on what is self-evident.
Iíve just finished to translate Gordieís letter from the Aegean sea at the beginning of Part II.
I wonder: the style if not lofty is certainly extremely accurate; the more familiar or humorous expressions are in inverted commas (breather, cabbage warmed up, doing their bit, etc); only rarely we have some naÔvely expressed remark; Gordie though is no more than 18 y/o. Is this the sign that the letter has been revised by an officer for preventive censorship and improvement of style?
On page 343 (Scribner, 2001 HB) Gordie writes: "I will wind up now for all the boys is writing this night. The officers will be cursing for the work we put them to."
If, as I believe, the mixed-style choice is intentional, these pages are another tour-de-force, brilliant as many others in the novel (e.g. the suppressed passage with Jim and the soldier).

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