读书笔记

Luke
2008-01-11 看过
(注意:本篇仅为剧透版读书笔记,阅读请慎重)

《First Love, Last Rites》,英国作家伊恩·麦克尤恩的处女作,短篇集,1975年出版,作者时年27岁,本书获得1976年毛姆奖(奈保尔的《米格尔大街》也曾获此奖)。

以前得知潘帕兄在翻译这本小说,颇希望能看到中文版,但是看了这本的原版后,方知期盼好象有点不现实,原因就是,书中各短篇内容太大胆了,比去年国内首次引进的《水泥花园》有过之而无不及,恐怕难为当今的出版尺度所容。这一组小说尽管语言优美,想象力丰富,但所写内容往往令人乍舌,不知麦克尤恩是否有种“罪恶美学”,这本书预示了麦克尤恩以后的写作,“恐怖伊恩”从此知名。

以下为每篇笔记,阅读请慎重:

1. Homemade.是个处于青春期的哥哥利用妹妹的无知的乱伦故事。

2. Solid Geometry.很具想像力,通过将一个人折叠而消失(练瑜珈的同学请注意)。但是为何又插入一个浸泡于福尔马林液中的传奇船长阳具一事(后来瓶子打破,古物成了垃圾)?作者如此写作令人费解。

3. Last Day of Summer.前面90%叙事都波澜不惊,似乎讲的是两颗孤独心灵的接近,最后河上出现的翻船事件一事令人震惊,由于叙述者的不作为(也许是事出突然),致两人溺亡。

4. Cocker at the Theatre.此篇较短,在某处舞台剧排练现场,几对男女裸体作做爱状,一对演员打真军,被逐出。男演员名为Cocker.

5. Butterflies.某9岁女童淹死,叙述者是最后见到她的人,遂为证人,但未负责任。随着叙述者的讲述,揭示出是他因其不良企图,将女童引到河边,女童之死虽非其有意所致,但责任确定,虽未受法律制裁。

6. Converstation with a cupboard man.主人公从小被单身母亲一直当成小孩养,心理不健全,母亲结新欢弃家出走后其悲惨生活自不待言,惹人同情。

7. First love, last rites.叙述的是两个社会边缘之人的性爱生活,穿插在生活中挣扎的人生故事。故事结束时叙述者打死了一只怀孕老鼠,象征?不知道。

8. Disguises.这一篇的惊悚程度不如其他篇,讲的是一个控制欲强烈的姨妈和孤儿外甥的事,最后是个开放式的结尾,也是不敢过多联想。

以下摘录自《First Love, Last Rites》一篇,叙述者本来想去罐头厂门口接女友:

Other small doors opened and they streamed out, converging on the gates, scores of women in pink-and-white nylon coates and pink caps. I stood on a low wall and tried to see Sissel, it was suddenly very important. I thought that if I could not pick her out from this rustling stream of pink mylon then she was lost, we were both lost and our time was worthless. As it approached the factory gates the main body was moving fast. Some were haft running in the splayed, hopeless way that women have been taught to run, the others walked as fast as they could. I found out later they were hurrying home to cook suppers for their families, to make an early start on the housework. Latercomers on the next shift tried to push their way through in the opposite direction. I could not see Sissel and I felt on the edge of panic, I shouted her name and my words were trampled underfoot.
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