灵魂和摩天大楼
Psyche and the Pskyscraper

  • 作   者:

    欧·亨利
    O. Henry

  • 译   者:

    吉林华侨外国语学院 吴彤

  • 出版社:

    外语教学与研究出版社
    Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press

  • 语   言:

    双语

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在这篇小说中,摩天大楼之上,年轻哲学家试图用理性征服姑娘的心,但却事与愿违。除了招牌性的幽默笔触,欧·亨利的成功之处还在于善于捕捉和把握生活中的典型场面。《灵魂和摩天大楼》情节剪裁得恰到好处、环环相扣,结局意料之外却不觉唐突,在很短的篇幅内达到一种思想与艺术相结合的完美效果,给人以深刻的印象。

两个小伙子爱慕着同一个姑娘,一方是一表人才的年轻哲学家,一方是平淡无奇的穷小子,优劣高下,一目了然。然而,一出惊天大逆转的好戏却在“一表人才”与“平淡无奇”的终极较量中上演。有情人终成眷属,摩天大楼功不可没。爱情的哲学就是永远不要试图用哲学家的理性来诠释爱情。

欧·亨利是其笔名,原名为威廉·西德尼·波特(William Sydney Porter)。美国著名批判现实主义作家,世界三大短篇小说大师之一。曾被评论界誉为曼哈顿桂冠散文作家和美国现代短篇小说之父。他的作品构思新颖,语言诙谐,结局常常出人意料,其中一些名篇如《爱的牺牲》、《警察与赞美诗》、《带家具出租的房间》、《贤人的礼物》、《最后一片藤叶》等使他获得了世界声誉。

William Sydney Porter (September 11, 1862—June 5, 1910), known by his pen name O. Henry, was an American writer. O. Henry's short stories are known for their wit, wordplay, warm characterization and clever twist endings. The best known ones are A Service of Love, The Cop and the Anthem, The Furnished Room, The Gift of the Magi and The Last Leaf, which help him win fame abroad.

当哲学家乘着电梯下来时,他的思维更加开阔了,内心一片平静,他那关于宇宙进化论的创世观念就像猎户座夏季腰带上的扣子那么宽阔。

在她的梳妆台上有一张镶了金框的乔的照片——但有时她接着想到的总是乔附着在大楼角落里那个肥皂盒一样大的滑稽的小商店,随即她就会微微一笑,把那情愫抛之脑后。

他的学问都是从百科全书和实用手册里学到的;但在智慧方面,他还是稍稍有些欠缺,她从他旁边经过时,他还站在街上吸着鼻子,连她汽车的牌号都没有看清楚。

And when the philosopher takes the elevator down his mind is broader, his heart is at peace, and his conception of the cosmogony of creation is as wide as the buckle of Orion’s summer belt.

She had Joe’s picture in a gilt frame on the dresser, and sometimes—but her next thought would always be of Joe’s funny little store tacked like a soap box to the corner of that great building, and away would go her sentiment in a breeze of laughter.

Knowledge he had kidnapped from cyclopedias and handbooks of useful information; but as for wisdom, when she passed he was left sniffling in the road without so much as the number of her motor car.

作为一位风格独特的作家,欧·亨利的作品幽默风趣,文笔简练。他善于捕捉生活中细小而又富于哲理的充满戏剧性的细节,从细微之处入手去勾勒人物,语言形象,他笔下的人物真实、充满人性、有血有肉、栩栩如生。

欧·亨利是20世纪初美国最著名的短篇小说家之一,曾被誉为短篇小说家之父。描写小人物是欧·亨利的短篇小说最引人注目的内容,其中包含了深厚的人道主义精神。在他的笔下,穷人有着纯洁美好的心灵、仁慈善良的品格、真挚深沉的爱情。

O. Henry's stories are gems of their kind; mellow, humorous, ironic, ingenious and shot through with that eminently salable quality known as 'human interest.'" —Bennet Cerf and Van Cartmell

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