【英語島讀書會】刻劃出真實,才能刻劃出書的靈魂

【英語島讀書會】刻劃出真實,才能刻劃出書的靈魂
現在不論是真實紀錄還是虛構小說,除了華麗的詞彙,更講求臨場感的營造,一筆一畫刻出寫實又細膩的細節,讓讀者恍若身歷其境,最後再用意想不到的結局在眾人的腦海烙下最深刻的一幕,才能博得讀者的青睞與掌聲。

幾可亂真的傳奇樂團 -- Daisy Jones & The Six

【英語島讀書會】刻劃出真實,才能刻劃出書的靈魂
There is something intoxicating about Daisy Jones and the Six. This is the story about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock band, The Six, and their captivating lead singer, Daisy Jones. Back in 1970s, Daisy Jones & The Six were everywhere. Their albums were sold out from coast to coast; their sound defined an era. And then, on 12 July 1979, they split, but nobody knows the reason behind their split at the absolute height of their popularity … until now.
《Daisy Jones & the Six》這本書有著獨特的魅力,整個劇情圍繞在70年代傳奇搖滾樂團The Six和他們的主唱Daisy Jones。回顧1970年代,Daisy Jones & the Six的音樂無所不在,每個角落都能看見他們的專輯,而他們的聲音定義了整個時代。然而,在1979年7月12日那天,Daisy Jones & the Six解散了,沒有任何人知道是什麼原因促使他們在紅極一時的頂點就地解散,直到今天這個謎團才將要揭露…

The fictional book is set up like an oral history compiled from the conversations and transcribed interviews from the band members and also from those who tagged along during the band’s run. Not only does the author invent a band but also the story behind it, with a surprise at the end to unspool the mystery for you.
儘管這個故事寫得非常逼真,但Daisy Jones & The Six卻是虛構出來的樂團,小說用一種娓娓道來口吻來回顧過往,並彙整了對話與話題追蹤者的對話和訪談紀錄。作者不僅捏造了一個樂團甚至是樂團背後的故事,然後用一個意想不到的結局來為讀者解開這個謎團。

芝加哥社區暴力的真實紀錄 -- An American Summer

【英語島讀書會】刻劃出真實,才能刻劃出書的靈魂
In An American Summer, Kotlowitz draws us into the lives of people living and working in some of Chicago's most abandoned neighborhoods. In order to understand the level of urban violence that still plagues the Windy City, Kotlowitz set out to chronicle one summer in the city, writing about individuals who have emerged from the violence and whose stories capture the capacity of the human heart and soul. As Kotlowitz did in his bestseller There Are No Children Here, he gives readers an opportunity to see for themselves the lives and substance of the people behind the statistics. These are people who, without his book, may very easily stay hidden from view.
在《An American Summer》書中,Kotlowitz帶領我們進入芝加哥最黑暗的社區,實際看看那些真實人們的生活與工作。為了深入了解暴力如何滲透這座城市,Kotlowitz花了一整個夏天的時間,紀錄那些遭到暴力殘害的人們與他們背後扣人心弦的故事。本書就像Kotlowitz的另一本暢銷書《There are no children here》,Kotlowitz為讀者帶來重新審視人生的機會,揭露隱藏在統計數據之下的真實人生。倘若沒有這本書,許多底層人們的血淚將永不見天日,埋沒在滾滾紅塵中。

徒手攀上千米巨岩的世界傳奇 -- The Impossible Climb