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The Far River

by Barbara Wood last modified Apr 15, 2018 16:10

I enjoyed writing my newest book, “The Far River,” (my 30th, actually) as it was about German immigrants, the Schallers, coming to California to make a new life for themselves, and the challenges and trials they had to overcome.  I could relate to that experience because I was an immigrant to California myself and found many strange new things I had to adjust to.  One of the biggest challenges was the language. Ironically, we came from England, but Americans couldn’t understand us! Oh, they had heard English before, in movies, but it was the posh kind that James Bond speaks.  My family came from northern England (Liverpool-Manchester) which is a whole different form of English altogether!  This was before the invasion of the Beatles (after that, Americans considered a north-country accent as cool).  But before then, Americans didn’t know what to make of us.  My brother and I especially, as we were in grade school and all the kids made fun of us.  We worked hard to sound like Roy Rogers.  But it baffled us – Americans actually pronounce their “R’s” and say their “T’s” like “D’s.”  And none of the kids had any idea what a “jam buttie” was or a “dripping sandwich.”
     And don’t even get me started on the difference between “Zed” and “Zee.”

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