[DWJ] Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell [the audiobook]

Otter Perry ottertee at silverwinggraphics.com
Fri May 8 18:06:07 EDT 2009


I'm not Irish nor do I play somebody Irish on tv,
but "sidhe" is rendered by us ignoramuses as "she",
like the English pronoun.

"Daoine" is, according to Wikipedia, pronounced "deena".

Maybe somebody who _does_ speak Irish can correct
me.


On May 8, 2009, at 1:35 PM, Kait Bessing wrote:

> So how SHOULD it be pronounced?
>
> Kait - ignorant
>
> Otter Perry wrote:
>>> I tried reading this once before, and didn't get very far.
>>> I'm now listening to it as an audiobook [unabridged]
>>> and am well over half through.  On the whole, I'm enjoying
>>> it a great deal.
>>> However --
>>> Every so often Simon Prebble, the reader, pronounces a word
>>> differently than I expect.  Usually I'm willing to believe in his
>>> good faith
>>> but
>>> confronted with the _daoine sidhe_ he pronounces the words
>>> as spelled [and he is not someone who can read Irish].
>>> "Sidhe" comes out as "sid-hay".  Okay.  _That's_ indefensible
>>> ignorance.
>>> [I was able to figure out what he probably meant, and looked
>>>  it up in the copy I have out of the library at the moment,
>>>  which is how I know that the first word was "daoine".]
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