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读书笔记:Steven Millhauser短篇精选集 《We Others》  

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读书笔记:Steven Millhauser短篇精选集 《We Others》 - Rock Steady - Rock Steady

 
这是作者的一部短篇小说精选+新作,选自他以前出版的四本短篇小说,又加上了尚未入集的几篇新作。作者Steven Millhauser在美国虽然不算特别红,但也有地位挺重要,曾获得过一次普利策小说奖。2008年,他的短篇集《Dangerous Laughter》被评为年度文学书十佳。有评论者对他不乏溢美之词,称他是博尔赫斯、纳博科夫的传人,虽有夸张,但也不算特别离谱。从这本集子的选目来看,密尔豪瑟富于想像力,早期作品中确有博尔赫斯的影子,作品极具想象力,而他近期的作品又向现实主义走近了一步,我喜欢他的这种转变。
 
从下面摘抄的来看,他的文字确实很出色:
 
P32 As for me, I was a floater, a cloud-man, tense, jittery, cat-wary, all nerves and bone, and I'd spend the last year so desperately in love with another girl, so whipped-up and feverish, that even my happiness had felt like unhappiness. 
 

P106 I was less sure of my reasons for crossing the threshold. I suppose I craved simply to be in her presence, as someone shivering with cold might wish to be in the presence of a fire.

 

P114 Her visible regret was appeased by the knowledge that I would return the next night. I could feel the anticipation opening in her like a wound. 

 

P124 We are not good at whiling away the time, we others. We don't know how to take it easy. Loafing is not for us. Anxiety is our pastime, desperation our sport. 

 

P137 It was one of those violent autumn rains that hurl themselves against roofs and attic windows, while through the water-sheeted glass there's nothing to see but the bleak dark sky and the branches bending in the wind. 

 

P156 Boys looking over girls, girls looking over boys. But the real killer: girls looking at girls, women looking at women. It was the cruelest look she knew. A look of hungry, harsh appraisal. Her this is too that. Mine is bigger. Hers is better. 

 

P107 There I stood stiffly, facing her profile, with one hand resting on the back of the chair, like a bank president in a portrait.

 

P137

It was one of those violent autumn rains that hurl themselves against roofs and attic windows, while through the water-sheeted glass there’s nothing to see but the bleak dark sky and the branches bending in the wind.

 

P283 We had even heard that among his followers there were many, young women especially, who longed to be wounded by the master and to bear his scar proudly.

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