Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn by Astrid Lindgren (2 star ratings)I can say that I have a happy childhood. Not perfect, but happy. One of the reasons for this (a minor reason, but still) was that my parents bought me this book. The story is simple: once upon a time there was a tiny Swedish village called Bullerby (Noisy) consisting of three houses.
In one house lived the heroine called Lisa with two brothers, in another house there lived two sisters, and in the last one there was a boy. From my understanding the difference between the oldest of the six kids and the youngest was two years. The book is about these six kids.
You cannot find any coming of age development in the book, no deep philosophical thoughts, no preaching, and no lessons. Just kids living together, having fun, working, going to school, and having a friendly (and friendly is the keyword here) rivalry between boys and girls. Some of their adventures are just interesting, some very interesting, and some laugh-out-loud funny. I challenge anybody to read a chapter called Our Way Home from School and not to crack a smile at least once. I still laugh reading it.
In other words, like practically everything Astrid Lindgren wrote, the book is good. Very good. Excellent even if you managed to read it in your childhood. Let me give you an idea. These pesky scientists came up with the term googol: it is a very large number equal to the 10 to power 100. In other words digit 1 followed by hundred zeroes.
Everything is nice and great, but it turned out the number of elementary particles in the universe is lower (refer to Wikipedia if you do not believe me). So we have a number, but nothing to use it on. However I have a suggestion. This number is roughly the same as the number of times I read this book. It is this good.
What is not good is the English translation (at least US one). I can understand Bullerby being translated into Noisy. What is bizarre is the need for translation of the names. I can somewhat understand Lizzie becoming Lisa. Bosse became Bill - at least the first letters are the same. Can somebody tell me what one need to smoke (or inhale, or inject - depending on ones preferences) to turn Lasse into Karl??? I am sure the stuff was very potent.
So the book is great; 5 firm stars. The English translation is subpar; especially avoid the one done by Florence Lamborn. Obviously the best way to read it is in original language - for the lucky people that know Swedish.
Russian translation is good enough as well. I have no idea about the other languages.
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Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn (1986)
Sign in. Alex Borstein , RuPaul , and other stars at the Emmys answer our fans' burning questions. Watch now. Title: Alla vi barn i Bullerbyn The story of the children who live in Bullerbyn, Sweden, through the spring and summer months.
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