The American trash readers (to whom it would have been marketed) are a bunch of unimaginative gutter snipes when it comes to abstract concepts, so the tittle would have thrown them off the scent completeley. I remember seeing the title on a book shelf (where else) and thinking, "I wonder what it means?"
After a little thought, 5 seconds, I got the jist of it and bought the book.
The dosile US reader on the other hand would have found it all a bit too much and passed by in the direction of Harold Robins or some other such tit!
But, to look at it another way, we dumb down the cover to open the reader up to some great writing thus educating the American public. (or at least little bits of it)
Now where do you stand?
Steady on, Flossie. Frankly, your tone lacks imagination. We Americans are so much bashed that you will have to do better if you expect to raise a glimmer of respect. From this American at least.
This American is going to toss her two cents in about the changeing of the book title. Speaking for myself I HATE it when a publishing house desides to change a book so the adverage american can understand it. Flossie you do have a point even if wine or some other spirit was in you. I want any book that I buy to be the book that the author wrote cover and all. Then again I'm concitered a strange person because I don't read "normal" books. You should see the looks I get when I ask for Moab is My Washpot
which is when I got comment. I hope that one day a meeting can be set up for people of this site can meet up so that us Americans that are on this board can show that we're not all dumb hopless twits. So Flossie you do have my respect because one you pointed out a truth but you appoligised for the delivery. That shows class.