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ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD
每時每刻的世界
版本: 精裝304頁  2011 年 3 月  Random House 出版
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內容介紹

從風格上來講, 作者E. L. Doctorow因爲經常跨越不同的寫作風格和流派而被稱爲文學流浪者,這本書也不例外。在這本書中,作者講述了發生在不同時間,不同地點和不同社會階層的故事。

一位有錢的律師,某一天結束自己日常的工作後,突然決定作爲一個旁觀者觀察自己的生活。他躲藏在距離自己的妻子和雙胞胎女兒不遠處,觀察著他們每天的生活。當他把自己的生活消減到只剩下基本的必需品的時候,競爭的刺激又使他重新回到自己原來的生活。
一位年輕的移民,懷有滿腔熱情從事電影拍攝,卻同時在犯罪集團裏做著一份洗盤子的工作,後來他因錢財答應娶大老闆漂亮的侄女為妻,卻沒想到這個以金錢為目的的決定卻將他捲入了一場從未意料的情感牽連。

一名叫傑克的少年, 身為作家的他被自己的阿姨勸説,以剛過世父親的口吻寫信給他年邁的祖母,直到他開始切實地感受到他父親對生活的真實夢想。

本書最後的故事, 在市區居住的市民,像往常一樣晨跑運動,卻突然不再認識他所居住的城市了,並且懷疑是一個邪惡的組織強行而把他留在該處。

這些跨度廣,内容神秘又緊張的故事為我們提供了一個難得的機會來了解這位美國文學大師的天賦。

 

作者介紹

作者E. L. Doctorow的小説類作品主要有:《Homer & Langley》,《The March》,《 Billy Bathgate》,《Ragtime》, 《The Book of Daniel》,《City of God》,《Welcome to Hard Times》,《Loon Lake》,《World’s Fair》,《and The Waterworks》.

他所獲得的獎項主要有:國家圖書獎,三次國家書評獎,兩次筆會/福克納獎,伊蒂斯沃頓小説獎。

 

書評

Virtuoso Doctorow is revered for his grandly dimensional novels, but he is also a superlative and transfixing short story writer. The incandescent new stories and forever stunning vintage tales…that Doctorow selected for this powerhouse collection portray psychological outliers on the edge of either liberation or an abyss. Doctorow is rightfully treasured for his social acuity and fluency in urban life, but he is also a penetrating observer of nature and our concealed primal selves….Like iron trellises wreathed with flowering vines, Doctorow’s complex and masterful tales of the strangeness, pain, and beauty of life are wise and resplendent…A landmark collection from a preeminent and popular writer who elevates the best-seller lists with each new book.”
--Booklist

“The new and previously published stories in All the Time in the World are a reminder that, for decades, Mr. Doctorow has been a first-rate artist in the short form, able to coax forth readerly empathy for almost all his creations…Mr. Doctorow is now 80, and as the assessments of his long career commence, it is clear that he has been, like his characters, a man apart from his contemporaries. The stories of All the Time in the World do not seem to belong to any school or style but to emanate from his own solitary visions.”
–WALL STREET JOURNAL

“Wonderful descriptions [and] gorgeous sentences…seem to fall effortlessly from Doctorow’s fingertips….Doctorow’s stories generally come back to the melancholy reality of imminent doom — yet they are rarely dreary and can be, in fact, quite funny. His characters, trapped as they are, manage to make a ragged music by rattling their chains.”
–CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Distinctive, sharply focused, glistening with crisp language….Wherever they take place, these memorable stories reflect a novelist’s intimate understanding of human frailty and penchant for delusion….[Doctorow] is also keenly alert to the demands of short fiction, the blend of nuance and straightforwardness that makes stories hum with resonance and vitality…Savor All the Time in the World for its elegance, its intuition and for Doctorow’s understanding of the complexity of the human drama.”
–MIAMI HERALD

“Egoless, frank, spontaneous and altogether wonderful.”
–SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“[All the Time in the World] gives us a sense of breadth, of movement, of the scope of Doctorow’s career…. [stories that] trace, with grace and acuity, the tension between longing and obligation, between who we are and who we mean to be.”
–L.A. TIMES

“Doctorow seems telepathic in his ability to channel so many different kinds of characters - men and women from a wide range of eras, landscapes, ethnicities. This virtuosity is one reason he’s such a revered writer, though he has other skills, too…As ever, Doctorow has captured the mood of our time and rendered it in compelling fiction.”
–PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

“The mystery, tension and shock Doctorow is known for are all here in this collection. If you’re a fan you will not be disappointed in the new, and happy to be reacquainted with the old.”
—USA TODAY

“This history lover’s nuanced collection of stories shouldn’t be overlooked….delightfully idiosyncratic…Doctorow has always known that whether we act out of love, fear or necessity, these are the imperatives that drive our national consciousness.”
—TIME OUT NEW YORK

"First rate…Never as simple as they seem on the surface, his stories are full of paradox and good humor with a sometimes caustic underbelly; they’re absurd in a funny sort of way. He reveals the quirks of our society in the kind of stories others can only aspire to write."
–MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

"Tales of dysfunction, disintegration tempered with wit…Doctorow prefaces the new collection by saying he doesn’t expect readers to see the ‘light’ that guided his selection and sequencing of the stories, but it shines vividly and creates a distinctive, sometimes disturbing constellation"
–PORTLAND OREGONIAN

"When its soulful writing and vagrant characters are read in the context of this powerful impression, All the Time in the World feels, more often than not, like a haunting collection of ghost stories."
–RICHMOND TIMES DISPATCH

"Once you immerse yourself in these stories, you’ll wish you had all the time in the world…all these stories work on another level, revealing news about the world, yes, but also revealing the mysteries that lie at the heart of human behavior."
–NPR ALL THINGS CONSIDERED