爱思英语编者按:美媒:16本值得永世珍藏的英文小说(下)。 9. House of Sand and Fog By Andre Dubus III; 365 pages
9. 《尘雾家园》,安德鲁·杜鲁斯三世著(365页)
Because as much as it hurt, we couldn't look away.
推荐理由:它是如此的痛彻心扉,以至于我们无法移开目光。
Combining unadorned realism with profound empathy, House of Sand and Fog is a devastating exploration of the American Dream gone awry.
《尘雾家园》一书将赤裸裸的现实与人们心底的同情心一同展现出来,深度探索了已走偏的美国梦。
10. Eat, Pray, Love By Elizabeth Gilbert; 352 pages
10. 《美食、祈祷与恋爱》,伊丽莎白·吉尔伯特著(352页)
Because we'll probably never embark on a trip like this -- in fact, we're sitting in a cubicle. But we adored going along for the ride.
推荐理由:我们将来也许绝不会踏上如书中所述的这种旅程,事实上,我们正坐在小隔间里。然而我们享受这本书给我们带来的旅行。
Culinary delights, rigorous spiritual searching and exhilarating romance (in that order) were all in store, and we devoured every detail. Afterward, we couldn't stop talking about Gilbert's adventures in self-discovery -- and our own.
这本书中依次讲述了作者的烹调之乐、严肃的精神追寻以及愉悦的浪漫史。我们耽读每一个细节。之后我们情不自禁地会谈论起吉尔伯特的自我找寻之旅,再延伸到我们自己。
11. The Secret Life of Bees By Sue Monk Kidd; 336 pages
11. 《蜜蜂的秘密生活》,苏·蒙克·基德著(336页)
Because three awesome beekeepers taught us about the value of mothering ourselves.
推荐理由:三个值得尊敬的养蜂人教会我们——养育自我的价值所在。
With its “hive” of great characters and its uplifting message of self-empowerment, Bees was the novel for mothers and daughters of all ages to share.
这本小说由诸多性格鲜明的人物构建而成,其中传递出自我充实的积极信息。它适合各个年龄段的母女一同阅读。
12. The Poisonwood Bible By Barbara Kingsolver; 560 pages
12. 《毒木圣经》,芭芭拉.金索佛著(560页)
Because Barbara Kingsolver has a sneaky way of making us more empathic.
推荐理由:芭芭拉·金索佛不经意间便能让我们更易表同情心。
This novel features five narrators, observing and commenting the clash of cultures, the struggle to overcome stifling conventions, and the preservation of heritage.
这部小说有五名叙述者,他们观察并评论文化冲突,挣扎着打破清规戒律、坚决维护遗产。
13. The Help By Kathryn Stockett; 544 pages
13. 《相助》,凯瑟琳·斯多科特著(544页)
Because it served as a reminder of a painful history, while showing us what a few courageous individuals can accomplish.
推荐理由:这部小说告诉我们——铭记伤痛历史的同时,勇敢的个人所能做到什么。
This novel opened a national conversation about race. And yet, the story also gives readers insight into the strength, courage and dignity of the maids themselves -- qualities that have been too often overlooked.
《相助》在全美掀起了一番关于种族的讨论。然而这部小说还让读者深刻意识到奴仆身上蕴含着的力量、勇气和尊严。它们都是些已被人习惯忽视的品质。
14. Water for Elephants By Sara Gruen; 350 pages
14. 《大象的眼泪》,莎拉·格鲁恩著(350页)
Because who doesn't love a pachyderm and a happy ending?
推荐理由:谁不喜欢厚皮类动物和美好的结局呢?
This depression-era tale of life with a third-rate traveling circus centers on orphaned animal caretaker Jacob, the woman he loves and her cruel and abusive husband, who happens to be the boss.
这部小说以大萧条时期为背景,主角是一个三流巡回马戏团中的三名成员——孤儿出身的动物看守员雅各布,他爱上的女人(马戏团明星)和她残暴的丈夫(刚巧他又是雅各布的上司)。
15. The Remains of the Day By Kazuo Ishiguro; 245 pages
15. 《长日留痕》,石黑一雄著(245页)
Because the anguish of unrequited love makes for riveting reading. 推荐理由:单恋的苦楚让此书引人入胜。This quiet, heart-piercing novel showed us the cost of misplaced loyalties and missed opportunity, and reminded us of the happiness we must claim for ourselves.
这部安静而撕扯人心的小说向我们展示了错付忠心、错失良机付出的代价,也提醒着我们那份一定要为自己争取的幸福。
16. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks By Rebecca Skloot; 381 pages
16. 《永生的海拉》,丽贝卡·思科鲁特著(381页)
Because we would have never known the truth without it.
推荐理由:多亏了这本小说,我们才知道这一事实。
Henrietta Lacks was a poor, Southern tobacco farmer, yet her cells -- taken without her knowledge -- became one of the most important tools in medicine.
海瑞塔·拉克斯是美国南方一位贫穷烟农。而在她不知情的情况下(其过世后),她的细胞被医生取走,成为了最为重要的医学工具之一。