If you have never read The Tale of Genji, my advice is, DON’T START WITH TYLER. That’s what I did: I started with Tyler. That was a mistake.
Quantitative scales are all very well and good. Except that the numbers mean different things to different people.
Want to know how many pages a novel is? Well, how long is a piece of string? IT DEPENDS!
This is a trickier question than it used to be. But that’s a good thing!
If we really knew enough to know a translation was good, we wouldn’t NEED a translation, amirite?
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