`Part of the excitement of research in this domain,' wrote Michael Cronin, `is that so much remains to be done in terms of uncovering the representation of translation in world cinema.' Cronin filled his book with that excitement. He chose film as example and result of translation theory and illustrates important concepts within that context. The material is accessible and of keen interest to translation professionals or those concerned with questions of culture and identity in the globalization of cinema.
Cronin writes with authority. His prose is crisp and clean as he wrestles with extraordinarily challenging issues. He does not decry globalization as the end of diversity--rather, he seems to revel in its possibilities for exploring multi-cultural cinema traditions. That sense of genuine optimism adds a refreshing dimension to an already intriguing text.
Casual readers may find Cronin's style entertaining, though the material is highly specialized. Linguists and translators will doubtless find his theories sound and his discussion of issues in global cinema well worth reading.