Translations: A Play
The action takes place in late August 1833 at a hedge-school in the townland of Baile Beag, an Irish-speaking community in County Donegal. In a nearby field camps a recently arrived detachment of the Royal Engineers, making the first Ordnance Survey. For the purposes of cartography, the local Gaelic place names have to be recorded and rendered into English. In examining the effects of this operation on the lives of a small group, Brian Friel skillfully reveals the far-reaching personal and cultural effects of an action which is at first sight purely administrative.
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Review: TranslationsUser Review - Gena Lott - Goodreads
Friel's work has a subtle intensity that creates real empathy in the reader. Brilliant! Read full review
Review: TranslationsUser Review - TheObsessiveCupcake - Goodreads
It was cute but I was watching the play being performed as I went along reading it and I'm not sure if people who were just reading it would understand the humorous parts where they are talking in ... Read full review