《The Midnight Library》
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它被评为2020年最佳虚构小说

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这本书读完后给我的感觉真的很治愈

里面也有很多值得摘录的句子

词汇也不难

适合大学生阅读

“Library”是一个什么地方?

前几天我看到一篇文章

是这样描述的

Library should not be viewed just as a repository for book, but an oasis of peace and sanity among the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Although Internet makes it possible for us to read books and attend classes in the comfort of our own home, such a condition is not conducive to learning. All too often, we are distracted by pop-ups, instant messages and computer games. By contrast, library provides an ideal place in which students can concentrate on their work without the distractions of digital gadgets.

其实这也反映了为什么现在很多大学生都要在图书馆而不是在宿舍学习

因为在图书馆提供了良好的环境

看到周围的人都在学习

其实内心也有一种动力对吧~

那么为什么这本书的名字是“the midnight library”呢?

书中给出了答案:

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那么这本书主要是讲什么呢?

The protagonist Nora, who had just broken up with her boyfriend, her favourite cat had died, she felt desperate living in the world. Her life was full of loneliness and misery. She wanted to die, and after death she came to a library, where each book represented a different life and she could have a fresh start.

So if you can live a different life, would you choose to go back to your life and start again?

其实我们的一生中有很多的遗憾,大到未在父母在世时好好孝敬他们,小到因为做错一道很简单的题目而垂头丧气。我们总想着改变某个关键的时刻,或许我们的人生就会完全不一样。但是如果真的能重来,结局真的会像你想象的美好吗?

在充满“what if”的人生中,每个人都想改变不愉快的过去,但每个人都改变不了,只能活在当下,往前走。

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书中的女主是很不幸的

30多岁,刚刚经历分手的痛苦

最喜欢的猫也死了

她感到很失望,只想寻死

她的生活没有盼头

我们来看看此时Nora的心理状态是怎么样的:

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于是她死后来到图书馆,遇到了图书馆长。

图书馆长对她说:

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“You don't go to death. Death comes to you.”

说实话看到这句话时挺震惊的。我也曾经思考过死亡。我觉得死亡离我很远。我也很好奇为什么我生下来是一个人,而不是一朵花,一只动物,死后真的要长眠了吗....

最近在看电影《大鱼》,刚好看到一句话:

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那来到世上本是一件很奇妙的事情,所以要努力过好这一生就行了。---我的朋友Harry对我说。

人生来就是孤独的,孤独是我们生活的一部分。书中也给出了关于“loneliness”的看法。

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“loneliness”即可以说我们因缺少朋友而孤独,也可以是心灵孤独。这是一种“You can have everything and feel nothing ”的感觉。

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因为“loneliness”

在我们一生中更需要“伴侣”的出现

那么作者对“marriage”的看法又是怎样的呢?

Marriage was something you did at the appropriate time with the nearest available person. A game where you grabbed the first person you could find when the music stopped.

Marriage was something that was not only inevitable but also inevitably miserable.

然而在我们的一生中总有很多不如意的事情

作者在这里提出了“life fright”

They told me that my problem isn't actually stage fright. My problem is life fright.

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我们在一生中会做出很多决定,有的小,有的大。然而我们每做出一步,结果都会不同....

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如果要过好一生

我们一定要做自己

作者在这里写的几句话给我感触很深

分享给大家:

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当然我们的一生很有可能都在做一些“感动自己”

但实际上毫无意义的事情

作者告诉我们

我们要去感受爱 理解爱

而不是把时间精力放在无谓的事情上

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还有一句话

我很喜欢:

许多许多年以前:

林子里有两条路,我——

选择了行人稀少的那一条

此后,人生大不相同。

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希望大家都能做自己

“且视他人之疑目为盏盏鬼火

大胆地去走你的夜路”

当然这本书里也有很多地道的英文表达,比如:

dodgy

terse

come to a halt

fall out with

在这里想顺便再学习5个地道的英文表达

让我们一起来看看叭~

1.far be it from sb to do sth

2.on one's wavelength

3.drown out

4.more of sth and less of sth

5.thaw

1.far be it from sb to do sth

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英英释义:

used as a way of telling someone that you do not want to criticize them, disagree with them, or say something negative when in fact this is what you are doing.

例句:

Far be it from me to criticize, but aren’t you being a little unreasonable?

拓展:

这个短语其实可以用到很多场景。用来表示“我不是来...而是来.... ”时就可以用到,

比如美剧《无所作为》也出现了这个表达:

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2.on one's wavelength

志趣相投;观点一致


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英英释义:

If two people are on the same wavelength, they find it easy to understand each other and they tend to agree, because they share similar interests or opinions.

例句:

It's great to work with people who are on the same wavelength .

与志同道合的人一起工作真是太棒了。

3.drown out

盖过,淹没(声音)

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英英释义:

to prevent a sound from being heard by making a louder noise.

例句:

Both the speaker and his speech were drowned out by the disapproval of the crowd.

演讲者的话被人群中发出的反对声所淹没。

拓展:

“drown”本身作动词可以表示:(把…)淹死,溺死

这里用来形容“盖过声音”其实很形象。

Steve Jobs说过一句话:

Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out you own inner voice.

就告诉我们要听从自己内心的真实想法,不要被别人的观点所左右~

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4.more of A and less of B

更多是....更少是....

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拓展:

这是一个很好的写作句型。

比如我们要描述xxx利大于弊就可以说:

xxx is more of a boon and less of a bust.

“boon”和“bust”就可以代表“好、坏处”

在文章中,举出的例子是“less of a loan and more of a gift”

而且这种结构比较工整,推荐在作文中使用哦~

5.thaw

v.(冰雪等)融化,融解,解冻

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英英释义:

When ice, snow, or something else that is frozen thaws, it melts.

例句:

①It's so cold the snow doesn't get a chance to thaw .

天太冷了,雪根本化不了。

②The ground has thawed .

地面解冻了。

拓展:

“thaw”在这里取它的本义,当然它还有一个拓展义,表示“(使)(关系)回暖,缓和,改善【If something thaws relations between people or if relations thaw, they become friendly again after a period of being unfriendly.】

例如:

It took up to Christmas for political relations to thaw .

直到圣诞节政治关系才有所改善。

《China Daily》一篇关于功夫外交的文章《Maybe it's time to practice 'kungfu diplomacy'》也出现了这个表达:
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