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The Thirteenth Tale

作者 : 戴安娜·赛特菲尔德

从小在父亲的古旧书店帮忙的姑娘玛格丽特,爱好读经典小说和传记。一天,她突然收到著名女作家维达·温特的来信。温特性格古怪而低调,常常编造自己的各种离奇故事糊弄记者,但谁也不知道她的真正来历。可她居然写信邀请默默无闻的玛格丽特来为她写传。出于好奇,同样深居简出的玛格丽特来到偏僻的温特家。如温特所述,她的母亲伊莎贝拉美丽任性,父亲和哥哥完全听命于她,伊莎贝拉生下的一对双胞胎女儿却行为怪异。玛格丽特对女作家的故事既着迷,又困惑。半信半疑中,她开始调查这个家族,依照自己的调查结果将温特讲述的家族故事拼接起来。然而,寻找真相的过程令人胆战心惊,也彻底改变了玛格丽特自己的命运……

最近更新 2019-11-21

Stories of Red Hanrahan

作者 : 叶芝

Hanrahan, that was never long in one place, was back again among the villages that are at the foot of Slieve Echtge, Illeton and Scalp and Ballylee, stopping sometimes in one house and sometimes in another, and finding a welcome in every place for the sake of the old times and of his poetry and his learning. There was some silver and some copper money in the little leather bag under his coat, but it was seldom he needed to take anything from it, for it was little he used, and there was not one of the people that would have taken payment from him. His hand had grown heavy on the blackthorn he leaned on, and his cheeks were hollow and worn, but so far as food went, potatoes and milk and a bit of oaten cake, he had what he wanted of it; and it is not on the edge of so wild and boggy a place as Echtge a mug of spirits would be wanting, with the taste of the turf smoke on it. He would wander about the big wood at Kinadife, or he would sit through many hours of the day among the rushes about Lake Belshragh, listening to the streams from the hills, or watching the shadows in the brown bog pools; sitting so quiet as not to startle the deer that came down from the heather to the grass and the tilled fields at the fall of night. . . .

最近更新 2019-11-21

Desiree's Diary(Book One)

作者 : 德希蕾·克拉里

This book is the dairy of a French girl who lived in the time of Napoleon Bonaparte. She was a real person. So were others who come into her story. Their names appear in the history books of Europe; but there they are dead people ----- and in Desiree's diary they are alive.Here we can see, through a woman's eyes, how history was made. She was there. She knew the men and women who made it. She almost married Napoleon himself.No one really understood him. Not even Desiree. She hated his wars; but she never hated the man. He has no heart, she said. And she was sorry for him, because love and peace had no place in his life. In her own life she found true love, with Jean Bernadotte. But in those days a soldier's wife had little peace, especially if her husband dared to quarrel with Napoleon.Some people write their diaries every day. Others only write then when something important happens. Desiree's diary is of the second kind. It only covers the most important times in her life.The first half of her story is told in this book.

最近更新 2019-11-21

No Country for Old Men

作者 : 考麦克·麦卡锡

No Country for Old Men is a 2005 novel by American author Cormac McCarthy. Set along the United States–Mexico border in 1980, the story concerns an illicit drug deal gone wrong in a remote desert location. The title comes from the poem Sailing to Byzantium by William Butler Yeats. In 2007 a film adaptation was released, winning four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

最近更新 2019-11-21

The Bloody chamber And Other Stories

作者 : 安吉拉·卡特

Published in 1979, The Bloody Chamber and Other Stories, which received the Cheltenham Festival Literary Prize, retells classic fairy tales. Angela Carter revises Puss-in-Boots and Sleeping Beauty, for example, from an adult, twentieth-century perspective. Her renditions are intended to disturb and titillate her audience, instead of lulling it to sleep. The title story recasts the legend of Bluebeard, the mysterious French nobleman who murders his many wives. The legend, as recorded by the seventeenth-century author Charles Perrault, begins with the marriage of a girl to an eccentric, wealthy man. Called away on business, the newlywed husband leaves his wife the keys to every room and cabinet in the house. This keyring includes one key that she must not use: the one to the room at the end of the great gallery. Of course, she eventually enters the room forbidden to her. In it she finds the corpses of her husband's previous wives, all with their throats cut. Startled, the girl drops the key, which is enchanted and permanently stained by the blood on the floor. From this stain, Bluebeard discovers her disobedience. He raises his scimitar, but just in time, her brothers arrive to slay the murderer.Though it follows the original tale in basic structure, The Bloody Chamber adds details of character and setting that raise issues of sexual awakening and sexual depravity, of the will to live, and of life in hell. In having the young bride be the one to tell her story and in having her courageous mother come to the rescue, moreover, Carter revisits an age-old tale with her feminist viewpoint.

最近更新 2019-11-21

The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories

作者 : 卡森·麦卡勒斯

本书所收录的小说,其背景则呈现为多样性,有都市生活的,有大学生活的,也有家庭生活的,但其反映的主旨似仍在人物的内心世界,以及那种没来由的孤独感。伤心咖啡馆之歌首先,爱情是发生在两个人之间的一种共同的经验——不过,说它是共同的经验并不意味着它在有关的两个人身上所引起的反响是同等的。世界上有爱者,也有被爱者,这是截然不同的两类人。往往,被爱者仅仅是爱者心底平静地蕴积了好久的那种爱情的触发剂。每一个恋爱的人都多少知道这一点。他在灵魂深处感到他的爱恋是一种很孤独的感情。他逐渐体会到一种新的、陌生的孤寂,正是这种发现使他痛苦。因此,对于恋爱者来说只有一件事可做。他必须尽可能深地把他的爱情禁铜在心中;他必须为自己创造一个全然是新的内心世界——个认真的、奇异的、完全为他单独拥有的世界。我还得添上一句,我们所说的这样的恋爱者倒不一定得是一个正在攒钱准备买结婚戒指的年轻人——这个恋爱者可以是男人、女人、儿童,总之,可以是世界上任何一个人。 至于被爱者.也可以是任何一种类型的人。最最粗野的人也可以成为爱情的触发剂。一个颤巍巍的老爷子可能仍然钟情于2o年前某日下午他在奇霍街头所见到的陌生姑娘。牧师也许会爱上一个堕落的女人。被爱的人可能人品很坏,油头滑脑,染有不良恶习。是的,恋爱者也能像别人一样对一切认识得清清楚楚——可是这丝毫也不影响他的感情的发展。一个顶顶平庸的人可以成为一次沼泽毒罂粟般热烈、狂放、美丽的恋爱的对象。一个好人也能成为—次放荡、堕落的恋爱的触发剂,一个絮絮叨叨的疯子没准能使某人头脑里出现一曲温柔、淳美的牧歌。因此. 任何一次恋爱的价值与质量纯粹取决于恋爱者本身。 正因如此,我们大多数人都宁愿爱而不愿被爱。几乎每一个都愿意充当恋爱者。道理非常简单,人们朦朦胧胧地感到,被人爱的这种处境,对于许多人来说,都是无法忍受的。被爱者惧怕而且憎恨爱者,这也是有充分理由的。因为爱者总是想把他的所爱者剥得连灵魂都裸露出来。爱者疯狂地渴求与被爱者发生任何一种可能的关系,纵使这种经验只能给他自身带来痛苦。

最近更新 2019-11-21

Love in the Time of Cholera

作者 : 加西亚·马尔克斯

This is one of the greatest love stories I have ever read. … It is so beautifully written that it really takes you to another place in time and will make you ask yourself—how long could you, or would you, wait for love?51 years,9 months, and 4 days, How long would you wait for the one you love?

最近更新 2019-11-21

THE GOLDEN COMPASS

作者 : 菲利普·普尔曼

Into this wild abyss, The womb of nature and perhaps her grave, Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire, But all these in their pregnant causes mixed Confusedly, and which thus must ever fight, Unless the almighty maker them ordain His dark materials to create more worlds, Into this wild abyss the wary fiend Stood on the brink of hell and looked a while, Pondering his voyage...—John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II The Golden Compass forms the first part of a story in three volumes. The first volume is set in a universe like ours, but different in many ways. The second volume is set partly in the universe we know. The third volume will move between the universes.

最近更新 2019-11-21

Snow White

作者 : 唐纳德·巴塞尔姆

白雪公主是家喻户晓的童话故事,本书中的白雪公主完全摆脱了童话的模式,成了一个普通的现代女性,有烦恼,有心事。会压抑,也会有妒忌心,还充满了女权意识。此书充满了一种黑色幽默,堪称荒诞派文学的经典之作。《白雪公主后传》是美国文学大师巴塞尔姆最重要的作品。在大师的笔下,白雪公主已成为一个普通的现代女性,是个有七情六欲的真实人:有压抑感,落魄感和妒忌心,也仍然想入非非,做着与现实生活格格不入的童话中的梦。她仍然希望像原来那样,成为关注的中心。她已经厌烦了这个家和自己的家庭角色,对歧视女性的社会忿忿不满,听厌了矮人们喋喋不休的陈问滥调,因此内心充满改变现状的渴求。绝望中,她甚至盼望着能有一次带性丑闻的冒险,能打破单凋乏味的生活……作家用貌似疯狂的叙述来表达一种玩世不恭的讥诮,以反映当代人滑稽无奈的众生相。

最近更新 2019-11-21

Desiree's Diary(Book Two)

作者 : 德希蕾·克拉里

Bernadottes new position now takes Desiree to the royal court of Sweden. Life there is very hard for the silk merchants daughter who almost married Napoleon in Marseilles. She is happier in Paris, even without her family. But Napoleon is still jealous of her husband. When he and Desiree meet, there is always trouble. And when war comes again, the two men are on opposite sides.Napoleon does at last, on the island of St Helena. He had terrible faults, said Desiree. But he was my first love--- and Im not ashamed of those days in Marseilles. She goes back to Sweden and there she is crowned: the first Queen of the royal family of Bernadotte.

最近更新 2019-11-21

PRINCE CASPIAN

作者 : C·S·刘易斯

Prince Caspian finds the four Pevensie siblings pulled back into the land of Narnia, where 1000 years have passed since they left. The children are again enlisted to join the colorful creatures of Narnia, who have been driven into the wild, unfriendly parts of the land. The Pevensies must struggle to overthrow a usurping king named Miraz and restore the rightful heir to the throne, the young Prince Caspian.

最近更新 2019-11-21

Walden

作者 : 亨利·大卫·梭罗

Walden (also known as Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's life for two years and two months in second-growth forest around the shores of Walden Pond, not far from his friends and family in Concord, Massachusetts. Walden was written so that the stay appears to be a year, with expressed seasonal divisions. Thoreau called it an experiment in simple living.Walden is neither a novel nor a true autobiography, but a social critique of the Western World, with each chapter heralding some aspect of humanity that needed to be either renounced or praised.

最近更新 2019-11-21

Great Days

作者 : 唐纳德·巴塞尔姆

Donald Barthelme's new book of stories, Great Days, is perhaps most notable for the presence of seven formally related dialogues, The Crisis, The Apology, The New Music, Morning, On the Steps of the Conservatory, The Leap, and Great Days, which introduce a new aspect of his work. In these restless, possibility-haunted colloquies, stripped of everything save voices, changing pairs of women and pairs of men range an emotional terrain whose poles are hope and memory. Extravagant, profane, and comic, the dialogues are a considerable achievement, testing the possibilities of form and extending our engagement with the world. In other stories Barthelme explores the tragic, ambiguous relationship between Cortés and Montezuma, uncovers units of the Swedish army on maneuvers in Manhattan, offers a country-music version of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio, describes a heroic cutting contest between a king of jazz and a young challenger, and provides an account of a group of zombies out on a wife-buying expedition.As Philip Stevick wrote in The Nation, Donald Barthelme's stories stand as touchstones for narrative art of the last two decades. Great Days is an important addition to an already impressive body of work.

最近更新 2019-11-21

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