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The Only Story

The Only Story


作者  /  Julian Barnes

出版社 / ALFRED A. KNOPF

出版日期 / 2018/04/17

商品語言 / 英文

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曼布克獎得主、紐約時報暢銷作《回憶的餘燼》作者朱利安‧拔恩斯最新作品

「這個故事慢慢地將鉤子陷入讀者的腦中,並且不願意放手」─泰晤士報

每個人一生中會有許多境遇,並且產生了許多故事,但最終,一定就有那麼一個故事,定義了你的一生。

六零年代的某個夏天,十九歲的保羅自大學返回郊區家中,應母親要求參加了網球俱樂部,在那裡她認識了蘇珊。蘇珊那年已四十八歲,年紀比保羅年長許多,但兩人終究陷入熱戀。

為了躲避保羅的雙親和蘇珊施虐成性的丈夫,兩人在市區找了一間房子,兩人互相依靠生活,似乎生活中就只有彼此的存在,時間就這樣過了十年,直到蘇珊心中潛伏已久的恐懼讓兩人生活變了調。

事隔幾十年,保羅回憶起那段時光,想起他們如何相愛、生活如何一點一點崩壞,他曾經瘋狂愛著蘇珊,認為真愛不會因為時間或者其他因素而變質,但人心的複雜和深度卻替他上了意想不到的一課。

朱利安‧拔恩斯自出道作《Metroland》就受到文壇的重視,曾入圍多次曼布克獎,終於在二零一一年以《回憶的餘燼》獲獎,他擅長描寫人類的複雜心理,在這本新作中再次將這項特長發揮得淋漓盡致。

From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of The Sense of an Ending, a novel about a young man on the cusp of adulthood and a woman who has long been there, a love story shot through with sheer beauty, profound sadness, and deep truth.

Most of us have only one story to tell. I don't mean that only one thing happens to us in our lives: there are countless events, which we turn into countless stories. But there's only one that matters, only one finally worth telling. This is mine.

One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, Paul comes home from university, aged nineteen, and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. In the mixed-doubles tournament he's partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who's forty-eight, confident, ironic, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is also a warm companion, their bond immediate. And they soon, inevitably, are lovers. Clinging to each other as though their lives depend on it, they then set up house in London to escape his parents and the abusive Mr. Mcleod.
Decades later, with Susan now dead, Paul looks back at how they fell in love, how he freed her from a sterile marriage, and how--gradually, relentlessly--everything fell apart, as she succumbed to depression and worse while he struggled to understand the intricacy and depth of the human heart. It's a piercing account of helpless devotion, and of how memory can confound us and fail us and surprise us (sometimes all at once), of how, as Paul puts it, "first love fixes a life forever."







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誠品26碼 /2681536951004
ISBN 13 /9780525521211
ISBN 10 /0525521216
EAN /9780525521211
頁數192
尺寸19.1X13.3CM
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語言英文
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