Thomas Cotton recent novels

Please have a brief read of the Latin of Thomas Cotton:

https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=bf-ZAgAAQBAJ&pg=PA90&lpg=PA90&dq=Carmen+ad+festum+nativitatis&source=bl&ots=-EIIwGHN7f&sig=OZkE_Y08a4hUCz--dv_aLjg-ihE&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwimpYGUwvfLAhULXBoKHb5KAw4Q6AEIVzAO#v=onepage&q=Carmen ad festum nativitatis&f=false

(from his translation of "A Christmas Carol")

What do you, the esteemed Latinists of these forums, think of this Latin? I am wondering whether it might be a good pedagogical tool for light and easy reading, or whether it would reinforce poor habits to read something like this. I ask because you never know what you'll get with modern translations into Latin - Avellanus seems absolutely fine to me, whereas the more recent "Harrius Potter" looks pretty dubious in style.

How does Cotton's Latin fit in? It would be useful to know whether I might add it safely to my easy reading list.
 

Pacifica

grammaticissima

  • Civis Illustris

  • Patrona

Not very good.
 

Aurifex

Aedilis

  • Aedilis

  • Patronus

I've just had a look at the last page, consisting of only three and a bit lines. Presumably decoctem is meant to read decoctam, and ante...maculatam is ropy at best.
I am wondering whether it...would reinforce poor habits to read something like this.
It probably would, depending on the sort of learner you are.
 

Imber Ranae

Ranunculus Iracundus

  • Civis Illustris

OmniReader mentions Avellanus above. Does anyone know if his Treasure Island and Robinson Crusoe are good, or does anyone care to take a quick peek and see?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcadius_Avellanus
http://www.amazon.com/Insula-Thesauraria-Robertus-Ludovicus-Stevenson/dp/1449562671
I've not read any of it myself, but I've heard that the quality of the Latin is far and away better than anything you could expect to get from a modern (published) translator.
 

Callaina

Feles Curiosissima

  • Civis Illustris

  • Patrona

I've not read any of it myself, but I've heard that the quality of the Latin is far and away better than anything you could expect to get from a modern (published) translator.
I'll have to try to track some of them down -- sounds promising.
 

robinschweitzer

New Member

I am currently struggling to convert the pdfs of several modern translations including avellanus to ebook format. Has anyone else had success with this?
 
Did you have any luck with that Robin? I have some software that automatically looks words up so running the text through that software would be great.
 
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