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Jack And Jill
傑克和吉兒
作者:Helen Hodgman
版本: 平裝208頁  2011 年 8 月 29 日  Text Publishing Company出版
ISBN:9781921758355
內容介紹

吉兒(Jill)尚是嬰孩時母親就病逝家中,獨留她與父親相依為命。遠離擁有亮麗港灣大橋的雪梨,吉兒和父親住在偏僻的澳洲內地過著簡單的生活,日子也還算平順和樂。

直到家中來了一位不速之客。一夜,吉兒和父親剛用完晚餐時,來自墨爾本的年輕人傑克(Jack)出現在家門口。傑克直視坐在餐桌旁面容嚴肅的父親和他身邊削瘦的女兒,勇敢介紹自己,也希望能留在此寄宿工作。傑克如願了,吉兒平淡的生活卻因此生變。愛苗在兩人心中醞釀滋長,也帶來了無可預期的結果。

從1930經濟大衰退時期跨越到1960自由放浪年代,《傑克和吉兒》(Jack And Jill)是知名澳洲女作家Helen Hodgman的第二本得獎小說。延續獨特反諷和黑色幽默的文筆,故事情節曲折、出人意表,此為Helen Hodgman繼《藍天》(Blue Skies)之後又一經典佳作。《傑克和吉兒》(Jack And Jill)最初於1978年出版,雖然至今已隔30年,依然讓讀者回味無窮。

作者介紹

Helen Hodgman 於1945年在蘇格蘭出生,1958年舉家遷居澳洲東南方的塔斯馬尼亞島(Tasmania)。她的小說包括《傑克和吉兒》(Jack And Jill) (1978出版,榮獲the Somerset Maugham Award)、《Broken Words》(1988出版,榮獲the Christina Stead Prize)、《Passing Remarks》(1996出版)、《Waiting for Matindi》(1998出版) 和《The Bad Policeman》(2001出版)。《藍天》(Blue Skies)是Helen Hodgman的首部創作小說,初版於1976年。Text Publishing於2011年3月再版《藍天》(Blue Skies),並於2011年9月再版《傑克和吉兒》(Jack And Jill)。

 

書評

Ferociously funny to the end. Immensely stimulating, like a small dose of strychnine. -- Times

Hodgman’s way with the Australian language makes Barry Humphries pale by comparison. Strange and mad as the story is, it’s sheer delight from beginning to end. -- Spectator

With so many new books available these days, why on earth would a publisher release a 30-year-old book? Hopefully because it’s damn good and deserves to be given another turn in the spotlight. That’s exactly the case for Jack and Jill, Australian author Helen Hodgman’s 1978 novel, winner of the Somerset Maugham Award. Text re-released her first novel, Blue Skies, earlier this year and I can’t imagine reading one without wanting to read the other…Hodgman’s grasp of the unsaid, her portrayal of characters’ lack of self-awareness, her ability to keep us hooked despite despicable characters – all are impeccable. This is a lost voice worth rediscovering. -- Age

What distinguishes Jack and Jill, Helen Hodgman’s second novel, is her tone of voice: it is unique, entirely her own, owing nothing, as far as I can discern, to other Australian novelists, yet at the same time distinctly Australian…There’s formidable talent here. -- Sunday Times

If originality is the core of creativity, then Helen Hodgman’s early novels, presently being resissued by Text (including her strikingly original debut, Blue Skies) deserve front-place ranking in Ozlit fiction. -- Sunday Canberra Times