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River Boy [小河男孩]
River Boy [小河男孩]
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River Boy is a young adult novel by Tim Bowler, published by Oxford in 1997. It is the story of a teenage girl facing the prospect of bereavement. Bowler won the annual Carnegie Medal in Literature, recognising the year's best children's book by a British subjectRiver Boy also won the 1999 Angus Book AwardThis short novel is the chinese translation. Soft cover. Simplified chinese. 170 pages. 

The Story 

Fifteen-year-old Jess, a dedicated swimmer, dotes on her grandfather, a fiercely independent and cantankerous artist. When he falls ill, he insists on returning to the isolated valley where he lived as a child to finish his last painting, a haunting landscape called 'River Boy'. Jess is desperately trying to cope with the knowledge that her grandfather is dying, and she does her best to help him finish the painting that is so important to him.

While exploring the valley, Jess feels a strange presence and sees a mysterious boy in the river, now there, now gone. When she eventually meets the boy, he gives her some surprising advice that leads to the painting being finished against everyone's expectations. In return, he challenges her to join him in swimming down the river from the source to the sea, over forty miles. Jess refuses, saying she must stay with her grandfather, and watches him dive from the waterfall into the river. Soon after, hearing about her grandfather as a boy, she has a sudden revelation, and she swims after the boy to the mouth of the river, where he is waiting for her before finally disappearing. Jess then learns that her grandfather has died peacefully, leaving her his painting of the 'River Boy', which she now realizes is both a landscape and a portrait of the boy she met – a self-portrait.

Description in Chinese

内容简介

女孩杰西的爷爷患了心脏病,并且随时都有病情加重的可能,但他仍然坚持要回自己的家乡一趟,因为他想在故乡的小河边完成自己的画作——《小河男孩》。

杰西酷爱游泳,在家乡陪伴爷爷的那段日子里,她时常会在那条小河边见到一个男孩。杰西并不认识他,但他却在杰西为爷爷的身体状况而担心、难过的日子里给她以信心与鼓励,与此同时,他还请求杰西帮助他了却一个心愿。
爷爷在杰西的帮助下终于完成了他的画作,而那个男孩也如愿以偿,他从小河的发源地游向了大海……

本书荣获1997年卡内基文学奖。

作者简介

蒂姆·鲍勒(Tim Bowler)1953年出生于英格兰东南沿海的一个小镇。在家乡的一所语言学校毕业后,他进入了诺威治大学学习。鲍勒从事过林业、教育、翻译等工作,但最终成为一名自由作家和译者。

鲍勒五岁时便开始写作,小时候主要写一些短篇故事,学生时代主要写诗歌。他在二十五岁时完成了他的第一本小说《侏儒》,《小河男孩》是他创作的第三本小说。

目录

第一章 启程
第二章 抵达爷爷出生的地方
第三章 初游小河
第四章 河边作画
第五章 爷爷倒下了
第六章 艾尔福来访
第七章 游览河景
第八章 探询小河男孩
第九章 夜里看到小河男孩
第十章 爷爷失踪了
第十一章 夜晚再遇小河男孩
第十二章 放弃作画
第十三章 与小河男孩初次对话
第十四章 完成画作
第十五章 感激
第十六章 瀑布峰顶
第十七章 顿悟
第十八章 游向大海
第十九章 爷爷去世了
第二十章 河葬
 

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揭示生命与死亡真谛的诗意表达。

读“国际大奖小说”,打造完美心灵,培养高尚情操,体味不同人生。 经典文学,陪伴?阋簧?

本书荣获1997年卡内基文学奖。以平实无华的散文笔调书写,但整本书却宛如诗篇,感人至深。震撼人心,神奇美妙,令人难忘,是一本年轻的经典之作。

河流是生命与死亡极自然的隐喻,蒂姆·鲍勒在这本小说里运用河流的意象,发挥出美妙的效果。《小河男孩》虽以平实无华的散文笔调书写,但整本书却宛如诗篇,感人至深。
                          ——亚马逊网站

  这是一本真正令人惊喜的好书。震撼人心,神奇美妙,令人难忘,是一本年轻的经典之作,经过时间的检验后,应会成为不朽名作。
                          ——《回声晚报》


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