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2019/03/11

一些雋永的小故事 Those Everlasting Little Stories



 

第一次讀小王子是大學時,讀完後很納悶為什麼大學才讀到這個故事,這分明是一個兒童故事啊!我的童年都在幹嘛呢?
 
I was a college student when the first time I read The Little Prince. Why did I get to know it when I was well over 20? It is a story for children, after all. What was wrong with my childhood?
 
讀完後很驚豔,真是相見恨晚。雖然看起來是兒童讀本,但其實也是寫給大人的故事。大學時期的我不經世事,社會歷練不夠,書中許多情節很容易就觸動多愁善感的英文系長髮文青。例如一開始的那頂帽子,誰會想到其實是一隻被蛇吞進肚子的大象。雖然文字和圖片都很簡單,卻重重的諷刺成年人世俗的眼光和貧乏的想像力。看在一個憤世嫉俗的文青眼裡,真是痛快得不得了。多年後再重讀,依然覺得經典。
 
Needless to say I was so overwhelmed by the story. Though it is a children story, actually it is for adults, too. College students tend to be green and inexperienced; it is quite easy to touch those long-hair hipsters’ young hearts, including me, of course. Take the hat for example. Who would have thought it was an elephant in a giant snake? It is amazing that the writer managed to laugh at adults’ lack of imagination in such a simple and sarcastic way. A cynical hipster like me felt deeply hilarious. Years later when I re-read this story, I was still amazed by this hat.
 
因為小王子我才知道什麼叫做馴服。在全世界數不清的玫瑰中,只有一朵是我用心灌溉的,所以我心甘情願忍受她的無理取鬧。看在一個體內荷爾蒙在亂竄的文青眼中,這是何等的浪漫!後來我甚至把玫瑰理論發揚光大,例如布沙發被貓抓得破破爛爛時,我跟自己說:全世界只有這個沙發被我的貓抓過。抱枕遭到貓尿攻擊時,我跟自己說:全世界只有這個抱枕有我的貓的美妙尿味。玫瑰理論讓我一生受用無窮。
 
The Little Prince taught me the importance of taming. There are countless roses in this vast world, but I can only take care of one and eventually I am tamed by it. Consequently, I endure it no matter how unreasonable it is. When hormones are rushing around a young body, it is not surprising that this young one considers the rose theory most romantic. This young one even applies the rose theory to an extensive range of situations. When my couch was scratched most pathetically by my cats, I told myself that in this vast world, only this very couch was so lucky to have been scratched by my cats. When my cushion was attacked by cat pee, I told myself that in this whole world, only this very cushion had the wonderful aroma of my cat’s pee. The rose theory is the most beneficial theory I have ever had.
 
多年後我開了一個小小的英文教室,跟著學生一起讀英文小說,總共和幾個班一起讀過小王子已經記不得了,但每次重新閱讀都有不同的感受,這是雋永小故事的魅力所在。我最常去買英文小說的敦煌書店,從美國 School Library Journal 讀者票選的 21 世紀青少年百大小說中,挑選出十本經典小說,今年先推出五本,除了上面寫的小王子以外,還有Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland愛麗絲夢遊仙境、Peter Pan彼得潘、The Wizard of OZ綠野仙踪,以及 A Christmas Carol聖誔頌歌。一本單價才150元,更棒的是他們還請了專業錄音員錄製音檔。只要手機免費下載Caves Media Player Application,就可以用手機聽故事,簡單又環保,還可以訓練聽力,哪有加賀A代誌?!想當年我在讀大學時,根本沒有手機這種玩意兒好嗎!
 
Another few years passed, I had my own little English classroom and the chance to read some nice stories with my students. I don’t remember the number of students who have read The Little Prince with me, but every time I re-read it, I had different feelings about it. It is the charm of those everlasting little stories, isn’t it? The bookstore I go to most often is Caves Books. This year they are going to publish five classic little stories and The Little Prince is one of them. Other than this one, there are Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, The Wizard of OZ and A Christmas Carol. One copy of it costs only NTD150. Moreover, they had some professional sound actors read the whole story and offer it free for readers. Simply download Caves Media Player Application you will have free access to it. You can listen to it on your smartphone. How convenient and eco-friendly! When I was a college student, there was no smart phone at all.
 
在敦煌還可買到一系列的Newbery得獎作品。Newbery是一個兒童文學獎,每年選出一本得獎作品,佳作數本。我已經讀過 Hello, Universe, The Graveyard Book, Kira Kira和The Tale of Despereaux。雖然是兒童文學,但其實也都是大人可以讀的好故事,適合高中英文程度的人買來閱讀。如果你有小孩,讀給小孩聽也蠻適合的。
 
Caves Books also offers a series of Newberry Medal books. This award is for children books, but those stories are also ideal for adults to read. I have already read some of them, such as Hello, Universe, The Graveyard Book, Kira Kira and The Tale of Despereaux. I really love this series. It is suitable for people with high school English level to read. If you have children, it is also very nice to read those stories to your kids. You can share some fun time in a very good way together.
 
讀書是一件好事,所以當敦煌希望我幫忙推薦他們的書時沒有想太多就答應了,只是我沒有知名度,應該起不了什麼作用就是了XD。
 
Reading is a nice thing. When Caves Books asked me to recommend their new series of publication, I said yes without thinking too much. I don’t think I could influence people much as I’m not famous at all.
 
祝大家閱讀愉快。
 
Wish you all enjoy reading.


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