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2019/08/07

山居歲月 A Year in Provence



 
因為這本書太紅,普羅旺斯遊客大增,房地產漲價,當地居民抱怨生活品質受到影響。有讀者甚至根據書中描述找到作者家,讓作者很是困擾,後來甚至搬離普羅旺斯,但幾年後還是忍不住又回到普羅旺斯居住,但這次他選擇保護住所不被發現。
 
The book was so popular that tourists flooded Provence, causing real estate prices soared and life quality badly affected. Some readers even managed to locate the writer’s residence based on the descriptions in the book which caused the writer quite some trouble. He moved to New York to avoid the hustle brought to him by his fame. Years later, however, he moved back to Provence, but this time he concealed his home very carefully.
 
我讀山居歲月的第一個感想是:作者好有錢,退休後想搬去南法就搬去了,想在那兒置產就買了,想整修房子就整修了。在辦公室工作多年的人,想要退休後住在鄉下應該蠻多的。以前我在職場工作時,每天都在幻想退休後搬到鄉下去住,因為職場充滿勾心鬥角斤斤計較炫耀爭寵慾望無限,簡單的事情落在扭曲的人手中變得複雜無比,根本是現代版宮庭劇,幾年下來我當然也變成以上那種人。
 
My first impression after reading this book is like this: The write is loaded. When he retired and decided to move to southern France, off he went. When he decided to buy a house there, he did it. When he wanted to renovate it, he did it. It seems to me that he did not need to care about cost at all. I used to work in an office. When I was an officer worker, I dreamed every day that one day when I retired I wanted to move to country side. So many negative and twisted things went on in the office every day. Manipulation, calculation, showing off, endless desires and twisted minds. It was a modern version of period drama. After working in that kind of environment for years, certainly I became one of them.
 
開了小教室之後,慢慢的不知不覺的我脫去了在職場養成的惡習。多年後回首職場生涯才發現以前的自己也是扭曲的,只是因為身在其中而不自知。現在每天做著自己喜歡的工作,我一點都不想搬到鄉下去住。如果身在職場中的你,嚮往退休後存一筆錢搬去鄉下種田或開一間小小的咖啡店,你需要問自己這個心願是來自真心嚮往還是厭惡職場的一切。
 
Then I quit and started running my little classroom. Gradually I got rid of the bad habits I inherited from my former office life. I didn’t realize my mind was so twisted until years later I looked back my office life. Now I am doing a job I enjoy every day. I don’t feel like moving to the country side any more. If you are an office worker now and dream about moving to country side or running a little café, you need to ask yourself one question: Do I really enjoy country life? Is this wish generated from my disgust of office life?
 

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