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THE ELUSIVE LANGUAGE OF DUCKS
《鴨子難以捉摸的語言》
版本: 平裝376頁  2013 年 6 月 7 日  Random House New Zealand出版
ISBN:9781775532798
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內容介紹

母親過世後,漢娜的心情非常的低落悲傷,拒人於千里之外。一日,出差回家的丈夫手中拎了一個提袋,袋內竟是一隻坐在乾草堆中、又髒又瘦弱的黃色小鴨,因為他出差期間拜訪的農家親戚送了他一隻孤兒小鴨,希望能讓漢娜轉移注意力到小鴨的照顧上。漢娜了解大家是出於善意,但是令她憤怒的是大家太輕看了母親的死亡,好像一隻小鴨就能夠奇蹟似的彌補她的巨大損失。

 

漢娜一點兒也不想照顧她一無所知的小鴨,但是又不捨得放棄這個小生命,她只好用自己的方式來照顧他。日子一天天過去,小鴨活了下來,開始慢慢的長大,漢娜就像鴨媽媽一樣,小鴨總是亦步亦趨的跟著她,依偎在漢娜的腳邊,或是坐在漢娜的腿上陪她編輯文章。漢娜發現她開始告訴小鴨她的故事,談論她不會與人分享的事情,小鴨也似乎都知道她心中的想法。漢娜甚至開始想像或許小鴨是她死去的母親,沒有投胎成自由飛翔的海鷗,卻變成了一隻鴨子回到她的身邊不過,丈夫和鄰居、朋友都沒有辦法接受漢娜對於小鴨產生的依賴與執念。

 

小鴨雖不是救世主,也不是漢娜的母親投胎轉世,但是這一個古怪的組合,卻慢慢瓦解了圍繞漢娜自身與周邊的無形高牆,埋藏多年的秘密也逐漸現形。來自紐西蘭的作者Judith White以獨樹一幟的寫法寫出了一個觸動人心的故事,令讀者思考愛情、親情、背叛、依存、死亡與人生。

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作者介紹

Judith White是一位備受推崇的紐西蘭作家,她的短篇故事和小說處女作Across the Dreaming Night獲得許多紐西蘭文學獎的肯定,THE ELUSIVE LANGUAGE OF DUCKS是大家引頸期盼的第2本小說。

書評

 "White handles her themes with characteristic sensitivity in this melancholy, funny and hopeful exploration of love and the difficulties of maintaining adult relationships." - Dominion Post

 

"It's poetic, gentle and wise . . . Wry and clever, The Elusive Language of Ducks transcends its bleak theme to leave us as thoughtful and questioning as its gentle protagonist." - Stephanie Johnson, Weekend Herald

 

"Her prose is quite the best thing about this book, poetic and reflective, wry and playful at times,
compassionate and observant. . . . Ideas are mulled over and lived through, words polished, characters coaxed into life, flavours gradually deepen. The result is writing to savour - even for those who only like duck served barbecued and wrapped in pancakes." - Nicky Pellegrino, Herald on Sunday

 

"An exceptional book" - Radio NZ

 

"The Christchurch earthquakes are cleverly woven into this story, helping to make a clever, thought
provoking read. This sometimes humorous, often moving and insightful novel contemplates the chemistry between a husband and wife, families, a dead mother and of course, a duck." - Waitaki Herald

得獎紀錄

Winner of the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Centenary Award.

Twice winner of the Auckland Star Short Story Competition.

Winner of the Buddle Findlay Sargeson Fellowship in 1998.

Visiting Ghosts, was shortlisted for the New Zealand Book Awards.

Across the Dreaming Night, was shortlisted for the Montana New Zealand Book of the Year.

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