??Although it might have happened anywhere， my encounter with the green banana started on a steep mountain road in the interior of Brazil．My ancient jeep was straining up through spectacular countryside when the radiator began to leak，ten miles from the nearest mechanic．The over-heated engine forced me to stop at the next village，which consisted of a small store and a scattering of houses．People gathered to look．Three fine streams of hot water spouted from holes in the jacket of the radiator．"That's easy to fix，"a man said．He sent a boy running to some green bananas．He patted me on the shoulder，assuring me everything would work out．"Green bananas，"he smiled． Everyone agreed．
??We exchanged pleasantries while I mulled over the ramifications of green banana．Asking questions would betray my ignorance，but I remarked on the beauty of the terrain．Huge rock formations，like Sugar Loaf in Rio，rose up all around us．"Do you see that tall one right over there？"asked my benefactor，pointing to a particular tall， slender pinnacle of dark rock．"That rock marks the center of the world．"
??I looked to see if he were teasing me，but his face was serious．He in return inspected me carefully to be sure I grasped the significance of his statement． The occasion demanded some show of recognition on my part．"The center of the world？"I repeated，trying to convey interest if not complete acceptance．He nodded．"The absolute center．Everyone around here knows it．"
??At that moment the boy returned with my green bananas．The man sliced one in half and pressed the cut end against the radiator jacket．The bananas melted into a glue against the hot metal，plugging the leaks instantly．Everyone laughed at my astonishment． They filled my radiator and gave me extra bananas to take along．An hour later，after one more application of green bananas，my radiator and I reached our destination．The local mechanic smiled．"Who taught you about the green banana？"I named the village．"Did they show you the rock marking the center of the world？"he asked．I assured him they had．"My grandfather came fromthere，"he said．"The exact center． Everyone around here has always known about it．"
??本文用词幽默诙谐，如My ancient jeep．．．， Asking questions would betray my ignorance．．．， An hour later，after one more application of green bananas，my radiator and I reached our destination．等，产生了很好的语言效果。
??在第一段中，He sent a boy running to some green bananas．（他派一个男孩跑到青香蕉那儿去了。）从上下文来看，与At that moment the boy returned with my green bananas．（那时那个男孩带着给我的青香蕉回来了。）不符。应改为He sent a boy running for some green bananas．（他派一个男孩跑去取青香蕉了。）。
??在第二段中，Asking questions would betray my ignorance，but I remarked on the beauty of theterrain．（问这问那会暴露我没有学问，不过我就谈论起此处地势的秀美。）可以看出此句逻辑关系混乱，因此应改为Asking questions would betray my ignorance，so（所以）I remarked on the beauty of the terrain．
??在第三段中，He in return inspected me carefully to be sure I grasped the significance of his statement．（他回报地仔细审视着我，确信我领会了他那番话的意义。）in return为"回报；酬劳"，应改为He in turn（反过来）inspected me carefully to be sure I grasped the significance of his statement．
??在第四段中，They filled my radiator and gave me extra bananas to take along．（他们把我的水箱灌满了水，并额外给了我几个香蕉带在路上。）从第一段得知，水箱的水漏出，因此修理完后需要重新注水，应改为They refilled（重新往……注水）my radiator and gave me extra ba- nanas to take along．