What do you think about reading a book in its original language?

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What do you think about reading a book in its original language?

– Sometimes, when I am choosing a book to read I often am confronted with the choice whether to read it in English o Italian.

It goes without saying that whenever the author is Italian I read it in its original language. When the author is of another nationality I also always choose Italian for a variety of reasons (main one being that it is easier to find it here, in Italy, obviously)

The question arises whenever I want to read something that was translated from English. I always feel like since I do understand the language I should choose its original language, but there are pros and cons to consider.

If I choose Italian:

+ I can find it more easily, which means that I can also start reading sooner, while my motivation is still high (it is also overall cheaper because I can probably find it second-hand)

+ I also find it a bit easier to understand, so the reading experience flows better

– I could be missing out on the beauty of the prose, or some deeper meanings that can only be understood in English

And viceversa

For example I read Lolita in English and while on the one hand it was an amazing experience, Nabokov’s mastery really shines through, on the otehr I also realize much of its beauty was probably lost on me, as I couldn’t understand some passages or took a bit to.

What do you think is the better choice here?

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