Monday, July 25, 2016

Book Smart: Your Essential List for Becoming a Literary Genius in 365 Days

Jane Mallison
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Like taking a private class with an engaging literature professor, Book Smart is your ticket for literary enlightenment all year long and for the rest of your life. Whether you're a passionate turner of pages or you aspire to be better-read, Book Smart expands your knowledge and enjoyment with a month-by-month plan that tackles 120 of the most compelling books of all time.

Throughout the year, each book comes alive with historical notes, highlights on key themes and characters, and advice on how to approach reading. 





Here is a sampling of what you can expect:

January: Make a fresh start with classics like Beowulf and Dante's Inferno

April: Welcome spring in the company of strong women like Jane Eyre, Anna Karenina, and Vanity Fair's Becky Sharpe

August: Bring a breath of fresh air to summer's heat with comedic works from Kingsley Amis and Oscar Wilde

October: Get back to school with young people struggling to grow up in classics like Little Women and recent bestsellers such as The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

December: Celebrate year's end with big prizewinners such as The Remains of the Day and Leaves of Grass

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

享用一生一世的恩賜 : 影響我們人生信仰的49本書

楊薇編 著
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在迷茫時讀本好書,能領略人生的真義。
和好書生活在一起,你永遠都不會孤獨。

你是否還記得那老人與大海間的無聲對話所蘊含著的深刻哲理?是否還記得那千錘百鍊的鋼鐵迸發出的生命火花?是否還記得……

其實「沒有一艘船能像一本書,也沒有一匹駿馬能像跳躍著的詩句那樣,把我們帶往遠方」。在靜靜的夜,捧起一本好書,任思緒在字行間遨遊,將你帶入那種既恍惚空靈又旖旎美妙的境界中去,是一種難得的心靈享受。

本書收錄了49本可以與你相伴一生的好書,也許在一般人的眼,這只是49本有趣的書;然而在聰明人的眼,它們卻凝聚著對生活的感悟。這些作品早已超越了其本身的涵義,它代表著「智慧」與「經典」,是我們可以受用一生一世的恩賜。包括:

《老人與海》~海明威   在與極限的抗爭中成長
《懺悔錄》~(法)盧梭  人生從審視自己開始
《鋼鐵是怎樣練成的》~(蘇聯)奧斯特洛夫斯基   人生並非遂己所願,而是盡己所能
《貝多芬傳》~(法)羅曼‧羅蘭   苦難是人生的養分
《悲慘世界》~(法)雨果   不幸讓我們認知幸福
《簡愛》~(英)夏綠蒂‧勃朗特   人格的平等展現人的尊嚴
《人生的智慧》~(德)叔本華   真正的幸福之源就在我們自身
《約翰‧克利斯多夫》~(法)羅曼‧羅蘭   英雄就是竭盡所能的人
《活著》~(中)余華   為了活著本身而活著
《復活》~(俄)托爾斯泰   美好的生活來自於美好的靈魂
小王子~(法)聖‧艾修伯里   人的幸福在責任的承擔之中
《聖經》~不詳 人生的說明書
《圍城》~(中)錢鍾書   人的一生就是在突圍
《湖濱散季》~(美)梭羅   快樂源於簡單
《渴望生活》~(美)歐文‧史東   執著是追求卓越者的品格
《假如給我三天光明》(美)海倫‧凱勒   感恩是人生的美德
《哈姆雷特》~(英)莎士比亞    自省是人生的財富
《頌歌集》~(印)泰戈爾   寧靜的精神
《追憶似水年華》~(法)馬歇爾‧普魯斯特   珍惜是生命的延續
《三國演義》~(中)羅貫中   大志造就英雄
《最後的十四堂課》~(美)米奇‧艾爾邦   人生最重要的是要施愛於人
平凡的世界~(中)路遙   平凡就是幸福
《浮華世界》~(英)薩克雷   浮華不過是一場雲煙
《寬容》~(美)房龍   寬容代表著心智與精神上的成功
《流亡的牛虻》~(愛爾蘭)艾瑟爾‧伏尼契   生命是創造自己的過程
《歐葉妮‧葛德蘭》~(法)巴爾札克   貪婪是奴役靈魂的枷鎖
《送信給加西亞》~(美)阿爾伯特‧哈伯德   責任源於忠誠
《刺鳥》~(澳)考琳‧麥卡洛   有一種選擇叫不後悔
麥田捕手(美)傑羅姆‧大衛‧塞林格   每個人都是自己靈魂的守望者
《變形記》~(奧)卡夫卡   只有屈服於命運的人,沒有敗給命運的人
《富蘭克林自傳》~(美)班傑明‧富蘭克林   美德是成功必備的品質
《少年維特的煩惱》~(德)歌德  一味妥協就是墮落
《魯賓遜漂流記》~(英)丹尼爾‧笛福   活著的是軀體,生活著的是靈魂
安妮的日記~(荷)安妮‧弗朗克   在絕境中自己製造希望
《傅雷家書》~(中)傅雷   保有一顆赤子之心
《格列佛遊記》~(英)斯威夫特   人性的反光鏡
《伊索寓言》~不詳   生活就是一個寓言
《唐吉軻德》~(西)賽凡提斯   理想鑄就品格
《道德經》~(中)老子   萬經之王
智慧書~(西)葛拉西安   明慎是使人臻於完美的策略
《馬丁‧伊登》~(美)傑克‧倫敦   人生的醜陋是美好的鏡子
《昆蟲記》~(法)法布爾   對生命要心存敬畏
《尤里西斯》~(德)詹姆斯‧喬伊斯   尋找失落的自我
《一千零一夜》~不詳   童話裏的人生智慧
《湯姆叔叔的小屋》~斯托夫人  只有自己才能拯救自己
《草葉集》~(美)惠特曼   詩是生命的凱歌
生命中不能承受之輕~(捷克)米蘭‧昆德拉   以生活之輕抗衡生活之重
《飄》~(美)瑪格麗特‧密契爾   有真愛便有希望
《盔甲騎士》~(美)羅伯特‧費希爾   人生就是經營自我的過程

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)  

Monday, July 18, 2016

Mr. and Mrs. Dog: Our Travels, Trials, Adventures, and Epiphanies

Donald McCaig
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Donald McCaig draws on twenty-five years of experience raising sheepdogs to vividly describe his―and his dogs June and Luke’s―unlikely progress toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales.

McCaig engagingly chronicles the often grueling experience ―through rain, snow, ice storms, and brain-numbing heat―of preparing and trialing Mrs. Dog, June, "a foxy lady in a slinky black-and-white peignoir," and Mr. Dog, Luke, "a plain worker―no flash to him." Along the way, he relays sage advice from his decades spent talking with America’s most renowned dog experts, from police-dog trainers to positive-training gurus. toward and participation in the World Sheepdog Trials in Wales.

... Mr. and Mrs. Dog delivers far more than straightforward dog-training tips. Revealing an abiding love and respect for his dogs, McCaig unveils the life experiences that set him on the long road to the Welsh trial fields ... In his narration of one man’s love for his dogs, McCaig offers a powerful portrayal of the connection between humans and their animal companions.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

猫啊,猫

陳子善 編
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這是一本“貓書”,一本諸多愛貓人寫的養貓、寵貓、飼貓、喂貓、享受與貓同樂的有趣之書。作者都是名家,如魯迅、鄭振鐸、冰心、豐子愷、老舍、季羨林、楊絳、柏楊、王蒙、蔡瀾,等等。學者作家寫的性靈小品文,往往于細微處見真性情,其中不乏趣聞,如錢鐘書幫愛貓打架,為愛貓賦詩;季羨林散步小山丘,貓咪虎子如影形,亦步亦趨;甚至聞名海峽兩岸的柏楊張香華伉儷共話愛貓“孟子”;席慕容劉海北同寫“劉家貓園”;等等。讀來令人忍俊不禁。遴選中外畫家如馬奈、史丹林、徐悲鴻、潘玉良等等有關貓的畫作多幅,中外圖書插圖多幅,中外作家如海明威、冰心等“人貓共處”的照片多幅,共饗讀者。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 11, 2016

The forbidden worlds of Haruki Murakami (村上春樹)

Matthew Carl Strecher
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In an “other world” composed of language—it could be a fathomless Martian well, a labyrinthine hotel or forest—a narrative unfolds, and with it the experiences, memories, and dreams that constitute reality for Haruki Murakami’s characters and readers alike. Memories and dreams in turn conjure their magical counterparts—people without names or pasts, fantastic animals, half-animals, and talking machines that traverse the dark psychic underworld of this writer’s extraordinary fiction.

Fervently acclaimed worldwide, Murakami’s wildly imaginative work in many ways remains a mystery, its worlds within worlds uncharted territory. Finally in this book readers will find a map to the strange realm that grounds virtually every aspect of Murakami’s writing. A journey through the enigmatic and baffling innermost mind, a metaphysical dimension where Murakami’s most bizarre scenes and characters lurk, The Forbidden Worlds of Haruki Murakami exposes the psychological and mythological underpinnings of this other world. Matthew Carl Strecher shows how these considerations color Murakami’s depictions of the individual and collective soul, which constantly shift between the tangible and intangible but in this literary landscape are undeniably real.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

我是猫

夏目漱石 著
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在我這隻貓看來,現代人不論醒著或睡著,都在不斷盤算著怎樣對自己最有利,因此當然要像密探和盜賊一樣加強自覺意識。整天東張西望,膽戰心驚,直到進入墳墓,片刻不得安寧,這便是現代人的心理,文明的詛咒!愚蠢至極!

日本國民作家——夏目漱石透過貓兒獨特的視野,對人類世界大肆品頭題足一番,詼諧的口吻中,也生動地刻畫出人性的真實與庸俗的醜態。財閥的勢利、政治黑暗的鬥爭、金權主義下的阿諛奉承、知識分子的無病呻吟,種種荒謬狂妄的言行舉止,在貓兒眼裡昭然若揭。

這是一部討論「自我定位」的書,也是夏目漱石三十年生活經驗的省思;藉由擬貓的陳述,經歷調適自我與社會規範,對資本主義社會進行了無情的攻擊與嘲笑。

本書特色
★日本國民作家夏目漱石一舉成名的不朽著作!
★日本《朝日新聞》票選為日本一千年來最受歡迎的文學家之首!
★夏目漱石最膾炙人口的處女作,更因此被譽為最有價值的新時代作家。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Imperial Illusions: Crossing Pictorial Boundaries in the Qing Palaces

Kristina Kleutghen
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In the Forbidden City and other palaces around Beijing, Emperor Qianlong (r. 1736-1795) surrounded himself with monumental paintings of architecture, gardens, people, and faraway places. The best artists of the imperial painting academy, including a number of European missionary painters, used Western perspectival illusionism to transform walls and ceilings with visually striking images that were also deeply meaningful to Qianlong. These unprecedented works not only offer new insights into late imperial China’s most influential emperor, but also reflect one way in which Chinese art integrated and domesticated foreign ideas ...

(Description from publisher's website)

Giuseppe Castiglione – Lang Shining New Media Art Exhibition” is being staged at City University of Hong Kong until 25 August 2016. The exhibition combines analog and digital technologies to present the masterpieces of Giuseppe Castiglione (1688-1766), an Italian Jesuit missionary who became a highly influential painter at the imperial court of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Emperors.


跟徐志摩去流浪: 英倫文學飛翔版圖

謝金玄 著 online access from SuperStar Digital Library
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倫敦是隨性嘻鬧的,是五光十色的,是歷史堆疊的,但也籠罩化不開的文藝氣息……。你想知道:徐志摩所知道的康橋是什麼樣子嗎?莎士比亞在哪裡邂逅他的茱麗葉呢?歐蘭朵真是吳爾芙的影子情人?祕密花園裡究竟藏了什麼祕密?長不大的小熊維尼和羅賓到哪去了?聽著柳林風聲的動物們冬眠去了嗎?

作者走訪了十三位英國偉大文人(包括四位兒童文學作家)的故居,及其經典著作的真實場景;並附景點之交通、開放時間、門票等詳細資訊,同時穿插寫意式的水彩地圖。人間四月天時,請安排一趟文學之旅,去發現倫敦最初的溫柔。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)