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Hello Neil,
I am a student of Translation and Interpreting at Granada’s University. Following a course dedicated to literary translation, my partner Celia and I were told to translate something new, fresh that may have not been translated into Spanish yet. We chose “The Graveyard Book” and translated chapter 1. We had to offer the class a presentation in relation to your biography, work and of course, this book. We need to handle a written essay concerning the problems and doubts we had when translating the chapter and we did have one. We had some trouble translating the expression “The Jack man”. We could not find an equivalent or explanation concerning this issue and when we asked native friends they could not give us an answer either. We would appreciate it a lot if you could explain us if there is any meaning hiding in that name or if it is just a name, a way to call that character.
Thank you very much, it was an excellent book, good luck for this movie, we wish you the best for your future projects.
María
 
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Neil doesn't read the message board. You have to go to the FAQ. (And he doesn't respond to homework questions very often.)

Jack in a very common name in english writing. exapmles are:
Jack of all trades
jack of heart
jack be nimble
jack and giant killer
jack and the beanstalk
and many more.


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Neil doesn't read the message boards. There is a link in our FAQ section for where to send questions. I would suggest googling his online journal to make sure he hasn't already answered your question.

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Originally posted by library lady:
Neil doesn't read the message board. You have to go to the FAQ. (And he doesn't respond to homework questions very often.)

Jack in a very common name in english writing. exapmles are:
Jack of all trades
jack of heart
jack be nimble
jack and giant killer
jack and the beanstalk
and many more.


Hi!
Thanks for answering! I noticed about that FAQ after I posted this comment. I thought the Jack thing would be something like that but for the class I should bring the most suitable translation and it seems to be that it is simply Jack or a guy call Jack or some like that.
Well, thanks a lot!
María
 
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Other things that came to mind with the name Jack (particularly concerning the first chapter of the book) included Jack the Ripper (British murderer of prostitutes) and, as library lady mentioned, Jack and the Beanstalk. While I don't know if this will be exactly helpful to Maria's studies, studying Jack of the Appalachians was incredibly interesting in my Folklore class last semester. He didn't just kill giants (though that was one of his more common capers), but ran into all sorts of supernatural creatures and usually defeated them through wit (even though he wasn't particularly smart usually) or pure dumb luck. Pretty cool stuff. Especially since Appalachian folklore was carted over here to the New Old World from the Actual Old World. Apparently there are some towns down there that haven't changed much from that time period.

Another thing along those lines that's interesting to look into (speaking of Appalachia) are the many different versions of House of the Rising Sun (sung by many including The Animals, and Bob Dylan). One of the earliest (or possibly the earliest?) recording of it is sung by Georgia Turner, a 16 year old girl who sounds about 87. Pretty amazing.

...but I freakin' digress...


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Oh, I also just noticed that Maria last posted in January. I really don't message board much.


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Mr. Gaiman,
My question for you is where did you get the idea to write this story? Like was it once a dream or something that you thought of while in a movie?
 
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Nicole, Neil doesn't check the boards, sorry. You can contact him via the contact link on www.neilgaiman.com. More info on this and other boardie matters can be found in our Message Board FAQs.


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hey does anyone no if the graveyard book is gonna be made into a movie??if so please reply thxz!!


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At most recent report, there was going to be a movie written by Neil and directed by Neil Jordan. Hasn't been much movement on it in a while, at least that I've heard.


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ohhh! thxz so much im doing a reprt of the book 4 summr reading!!! Smile


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