3 Ques­tions for Robyn Jacob

The Georgia Straight - - Music -

Q. How did it feel to learn about your fam­ily through cen­tury-old let­ters writ­ten in a lan­guage you don’t read?

A. I had a lovely date with my mom, where we went through the let­ters to­gether and she trans­lated them for me. But it takes a long time to get through each one, so we only did a few, and they were so packed! They were packed with stuff! It’s now kind of an on­go­ing project that we have. My mom will ex­plain how dif­fer­ent peo­ple in the fam­ily would have dif­fer­ent writ­ing styles—like “So-and-so is very flow­ery in their writ­ing, and so-and-so is very con­cise.” And I think the let­ters are so beau­ti­ful that what I should do is have some­body from out­side of the fam­ily come in and just pay them to trans­late them all.

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