既理想又恐怖

zhangxiaowu
2018-03-22 看过


花了一天时间看完。我得说我不是个侦探小说迷,看这本书就是一口气往下读,甚至没有像尼罗河似的写写画画尝试推测。直到90%的时候我才猜到真相,读到结尾稍觉突兀,这就完了?

说实话,放下书我忍不住问,这本为什么如此有名?通篇至少60%都只是听取证词。但这种写作方式居然成功了,也许真的在于它的不可模仿吧。

我总觉这本小说既理想主义又阴暗恐怖。理想化在于,12个不同阶层、国籍及职业的人,为了一个消逝的家庭自导自演一场复仇大戏,是怎样的爱和信仰凝聚着他们;可怖之处在于,12个杀人凶手。我也挺矛盾的,如果他们合伙毒死一个人,替天行道也好,快意恩仇也罢,我可能更能接受,但是每个人举起刀——这么一个仪式感强烈的动作——刺向一个昏迷的人?我记着一个场景:俄国公主看着自己骨瘦如柴的双手,说,我没有力气杀死一个人,我不知道这是好是坏。在她刺出那无力的一刀时,她心中有犹豫吗?她觉得自己向魔鬼靠近了一步吗?

可能爱挑刺儿的缘故,12人中包括女仆父亲这点我觉得不合理:女仆为何自杀身亡?表面是迫于警察的百般质询,然而如果东家相信她的无辜,能让她落到百口莫辩不得不以死明志的地步么?当父亲的应该会比爱人能认清女儿的真正死因。

查阅相关信息时才得知文中Armstrong家惨 案竟源于林白之子绑 架案,在Wikipedia有这么一句,算是有意无意归罪于女仆吗?

The kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh's son in 1932 inspired that element in Christie's novel two years later. An innocent, but perhaps loose-lipped, maid employed by Lindbergh's parents was suspected of involvement in the crime. After being harshly interrogated by police, she committed suicide.

《东方快车》出版于1934年1月,在阿婆的笔下,坏人虽避开法 律和警 察,却逃不过亲朋的追击,大侦探明察秋毫、推理严密,人 情大过律法。同年9月,在美国,FBI逮捕疑犯。

Hauptmann turned down a large offer from a Hearst newspaper for a confession and refused a last-minute offer to commute his execution to a life sentence in exchange for a confession. He was electrocuted on April 3, 1936, just over four years after the kidnapping.

Following Hauptmann's death, some reporters and independent investigators came up with numerous questions regarding the way the investigation was run and the fairness of the trial. Questions were raised concerning issues ranging from witness tampering to the planting of evidence. His wife continued fighting to clear his name until her death at age 95 in 1994.

当然,也有人坚信Hauptmann有罪,他提及的利用舆 论煽 动群众的现象至今仍在大行其道。

Today, the Lindbergh phenomena is a giant hoax perpetrated by people who are taking advantage of an uninformed and cynical public. Notwithstanding all of the books, TV programs, and legal suits, Hauptmann is as guilty today as he was in 1932 when he kidnapped and killed the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Lindbergh.
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