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EYRIE
高樓裡的男子
版本: 精裝432頁  2014 年 6 月 10 日  Farrar, Straus and Giroux出版
ISBN:978-0374151348
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內容介紹

《高樓裡的男子》(EYRIE) 是澳洲知名小說家提姆.溫頓(Tim Winton)睽違已久的新作。

在澳洲西海岸的大都會區弗里曼特爾(Fremantle),四十來歲的中年男子湯姆.齊利(Tom Keely)曾是直言無諱的環保人士,然而命運開了他一個玩笑讓他離婚又失業。湯姆對生命失去信心、毫無眷戀,把自己孤立在一棟冷峻高樓的頂樓,想盡辦法不和外界接觸,天天借酒澆愁來忘卻塵憂,居高冷眼觀看這個曾經愛過的世界。

直到有一天,湯姆和潔瑪(Gemma)不期而遇。潔瑪是他童年認識的女孩,她手中牽著內向6歲的兒子凱兒(Kai)。出其不意地,這兩人進入湯姆形單影隻的生活。潔瑪的女兒被關在監獄裡頭,沒出息的老公想要勒索潔瑪,若潔瑪不想辦法匯錢給他老公,他的老公威脅要傷害性情內向敏感害怕與人相處的凱兒。湯姆完全無法理解,為何會在生命的孤獨時刻,與潔瑪和凱兒交會,身心受創潔瑪與凱兒反而成為湯姆逃離自暴自棄麻木生活的關鍵。湯姆激起心中的道德感極盡其所能要來保護潔瑪與凱兒。

接下來的故事發展匠心獨具,充滿詼諧、衝突、振奮,令人驚心動魄、刻骨銘心;小說的人物角色,個個讓讀者難以忘懷。精采鋪陳的情節,反思在這不可能妥協的世界,我們始終期望做出對的事情…

澳洲知名小說家提姆.溫頓最新的小說作品將會吸引喜歡強納森‧法蘭岑(Jonathan Franzen)和TC波伊爾(TC Boyle)小說風格的書迷。

Tom Keely has lost his bearings. His reputation in ruins, he finds himself holed up in a flat at the top of a grim high-rise, looking down on the world he’s fallen out of love with.

He has cut himself off, and intends to keep it that way, until one day he runs into some neighbours: a woman from his past and her introverted young boy. The encounter shakes him up in a way he doesn’t understand and, despite himself, Keely lets them in.

But the pair come trailing a dangerous past of their own, and Keely is soon immersed in a world that threatens to destroy everything he has learnt to love.

EYRIE is a heart-stopping novel written with breath-taking tenderness. Funny, confronting, exhilarating and haunting, it asks how, in an impossibly compromised world, we can ever hope to do the right thing.
 

作者介紹

提姆.溫頓 (Tim Winton) 1960年出生於西澳大利亞州的首府伯斯(Perth),幼時移居鄉間小鎮阿爾巴尼(Albany)。他是澳洲眾所推崇與肯定的小說家之一,讀者遍及成人和兒童,並榮獲多項文學獎肯定。他的書仍持續再版,有多達18國外語譯本,並成功改編成舞臺劇、電影和廣播劇。
他19歲的第一本小說創作《An Open Swimmer》即獲得澳洲國家文學獎(Australian Vogel National Literary Award),從此他展開全職的寫作生涯。他曾以《The Riders》與《Dirt Music》兩本小說入圍英國布克獎最後候選名單(shortlist for The Man Booker Prize)。他另一本作品《Cloudstreet》曾獲得澳洲知名的法蘭克林獎(Miles Franklin),之後被改編成劇本於美國、歐洲等地劇院巡迴演出,這本書被列入全澳洲人最喜愛的小說書單中。

2002年出版的《Dirt Music》,特別與名廣播人Lucky Oceans合作出同名CD專輯作為小說配樂。2008年出版的《Breath》將改拍成電影,另一小說《THE TURNING》也預計在 2013年底前搬上大螢幕。


提姆.溫頓曾旅居義大利、法國、愛爾蘭、和希臘,現與妻子和三名子女定居澳洲西部。作者官網:https://www.facebook.com/timwintonauthor

書評

Thomas Keely, an outspoken environmental activist whose career has flamed out in spectacular fashion, now spends his days in a drug- and alcohol-infused daze in a downtrodden high-rise overlooking Fremantle, a grubby Australian harbor. Improbably, an old childhood friend and her six-year-old grandson live just down the hall, and it is this unlikely reconnection with the physically and emotionally damaged Gemma and Kai that brings Keely out of his self-destructive stupor. Gemma’s daughter is in prison, and the boy’s meth-head father blackmails Gemma for money she doesn’t have, threatening to harm his preternaturally sensitive and reclusive son. Summoning a physical, emotional, and moral courage he thought had forsaken him, Keely goes to grueling lengths to protect both woman and child from any further harm. Winton reveals Keely’s, Gemma’s, and Kai’s backstories with tantalizing languor, doling out one dolorous detail at a time and filling the gaps with scenes of soaring insight and sharp satire. Acclaimed Australian Winton (The Turning, 2005) is underappreciated by American readers, but his latest should find its way to fans of T. C. Boyle and Jonathan Franzen. --Carol Haggas

"The beginning of the book is fueled . . . by the astonishing, limber prose that has made Winton one of the most celebrated writers in Australia . . . Of the many achievements of this extraordinary novel, one of the most remarkable is the way the the past gradually spills into the present . . . In a book full of teriffic characters and sharply drawn relationships, the most memorable is the bond between Keely and the seemingly doomed Kai. It's heartbreaking." —Porter Shreve, Washington Post

"Winton comes vividly and vigorously into his own in his novel's blazingly immediate portrayal of Fremantle and Perth . . . [Eyrie] consolidates his status as a matchlessly exhilirating and excoriating fictional chronicler of Western Australia." —Peter Kemp, Sunday Times (London)

"Winton excels with sharp, stunted sentences rich in compressed observation, as well as with crisp and punching dialogue. His range is impressive . . . As a funny, compassionate and gripping study of family difference and solidarity, Eyrie resembles Tim Winton's most famous novel, Cloudstreet." —Literary Review (UK)

"Time and again I found myself panting admiringly at Winton's imagery: 'the pipe-sick water' that trickles out of Keely's taps, the way his brain slews about inside his head 'like unsecured cargo.' I also can't think of any other contemporary writer who can sustain a story with just three main characters in it for more than 400 pages." —John Preston, London Evening Standard

*Starred Review* "[A] beautifully written powerful ninth novel . . . [Winton’s] an absurdly good writer, with not only the proverbial eye for detail but also a facility for rendering each detail in an original way. Winton is ambitious; this is a state-of-the-nation novel about a world run amok . . . this is a fascinating, thought-provoking book." —Publishers Weekly

“Eyrie is a fine work by any standard. It tackles myths of prosperity and success in a way that is not always comfortable, but that stirs deep thought. It is rich in compassion and affectionate towards the unlovely. It has a strong belief that no journey ends at the halfway mark. Eyrie is a novel for which our culture has been in urgent need.” —Michael McGirr, The Age (Australia)

“[Eyrie] bears witness to how the sprawling suburban world of this older generation, so often perched on the edge of wilder natural landscapes, has been tidied up, boxed in, the ecology of childhood imagination narrowed to PlayStation and satellite dish. Mostly though, it is a clear-eyed yet compassionate depiction of the underclass that lives off the crumbs of the resource boom . . . However elaborate your analysis of Eyrie, the novel stands, like all of the author’s work, on its ability to marry sophistication and simplicity. Page by page it is an engrossing novel; the reader is moved and enraged in equal measure by the plain human story of Keely and his beautiful, battered adoptive family. You long for the good guy to win. You pray and ache for a fresh start for them all. And, as ever, it is couched in the prose of a writer on whom nothing is lost, for whom the tiniest local detail bears an epiphanic charge . . . ‘Bravo,’ thinks Keely, ‘f . . king brava.’ On finishing Eyrie, I felt much the same.” —Geordie Williamson, The Australian

 

得獎紀錄

Shortlisted for the 2014 Miles Franklin Award

海外授權

英國(Picador)、美國(Farrar, Straus and Giroux)