Books in My Life

I played this game last year with some friends on Weibo and it’s time to write the lists down, as my friend Niels reminded me…

Mine: Henri Bergson, Creative Evolution

G.W.F. Hegel, Phenomenology of Spirit: my comfort, being a true nerd…

MU Xin (木心), various: the best modern Chinese writer who understood suffering and beauty truly… (MU was the first Chinese artist whose works were collected by the British Museum)

W.C. Smith, Meaning and the End of Religion together with William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience and Fiona Bowie, Anthropology of Religion: books that I read during undergrad years which inspired me to continue Religious Studies. Especially William James, in the preface he spoke of how nervous he was to talk in front of the “British gentlemen” – that book was originally given as a Gifford Lecture in Edinburgh. So I went to Edinburgh…

Pierre Loti, Madame Chrysanthème (菊子夫人): a novel upon which Puccini’s Madam Butterfly was based, the first book of deep colonial colour that really disturbed me and in a strange way, inspired me learn how such colonial thinking came to be and in what ways we could possibly change it

Kenjiro Haitani, The Rabbit’s Eyes (灰谷健次郎,小古老師和蒼蠅博士): read it when I was a kid. From this book I first encountered “social movements”, ordinary people’s memories of the violence of WWII (a Korean perspective, ironically, which makes this book special), amazing cuisine (“grandpa” was a sailor during the war so he makes a great stroganoff 第一次看到蘑菇牛肉醬的做法,為日後做貪喫鬼奠定基礎), Zen, loneliness of being, microbiology

Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three (雨果,93年): humanity beyond differences, Lantenac was my hero

Stefan Zweig: Antoinette (茨威格,斷頭艷后):dad gave it to me when i was… 12? he said, “time to have some historical perspetive”… and i fell in love with Zweig and started to wonder how history is shaped. plus he’s very juicy

Edogawa Rampo: various (江戶川亂步的偵探小説). I’ve always been a detective fan, Edogama is the master of psychology of the intrinsic violence within our nature..

沒有提到的還有《小婦人》,讀此書時已先讀過《飄》,對南北戰爭有了先入爲主的印象。《小婦人》讓我意識到歷史的不同敍述方式,那時才10嵗左右,因此格外震顫。《飃》也一樣, 衛希禮在戰場上寫給枚蘭的信:我們爲何而戰?是為保護一種生活方式,但我們心裏深知哪怕戰爭勝利,這種生活方式也永遠回不來了… 許多年後看奧森威爾斯的電影《了不起的安伯遜家族》,又想到這段話。10嵗之前看的書,對思維方式的形成有幾乎是決定性的影響。當然也和翻譯有關,當時有幸讀到最出色的兩位翻譯家的作品:傅東華譯的《飄》和劉春英譯的《小婦人》,文字洗練有古典之美。 小時一目十行,過目不忘,因為心無旁騖吧。獨生女雖然孤單,幸好這些終生摯友。記得也是小學時剛看了哈代的《苔絲》,最後一章的巨石陣意象讓人血倒流,深不可測的儀式感讓小孩驚恐而好奇。很可能是這些小地方引發我之後對宗教學的選擇。

Niels的書目: Vincent Baker – Apocalypse World Iain Banks – Transition China Mieville – The city and the city Francois Hartog – The mirror of Herodotus Neil Gaiman: Neverwhere Aristophanes – Lysistrate Iain Banks – Walking on glass Jørn Riel – Sangen for livet Troels Kløvedal – Bidevind og Blåhvaler Frans G. Bengtsson – Røde Orm Also in competition, no particular order: Isaac Asimov – The Bicentennial Man, J.R.R. Tolkien – The Hobbit, Iain M. Banks -The use of weapons, James Ellroy: My Dark Places – Philip K. Dick: A Scanner Darkly, Plato – Symposium, Herodotus – The Histories, Jonathan M. Hall – Ethnic identity in Greek antiquity, Ole Peder Giæver & Martin Bull Gudmundsen – Itras By, Moebius – The Incal, Neil Gaiman – Sandman, Warren Ellis – Transmetropolitan, Bryan Talbot – The Adventures of Luther Arkwright my friend Dai: I Love You From Miffy Ulysses The Card Sunset Song (etc) Finnegans Wake A la Recherche du Temps Perdu Anna Karenina Catch-22 Moby-Dick Tristram Shandy

去年其他朋友的書目: 1. The Songlines 2.resilient thinking 3.the revenge of Gaia by Lovelock 4.卡尔维诺所有 5。王小波三部曲 6。建筑十书 7.The road by Colmac McCathy Ayn Rand 的 The Virtue of Selfishness 蒋廷黻中国近代史 树上的男爵/洛麗塔/安娜卡列尼娜/蔣廷黻的中国近代史/nancy f. Cott : Public Vows/ elements of style/ Maira Kalman所有/王小波所有/gay new York/Dangerous Pleasures(上海妓女史)/以及,初中时候看的第一本林达的总统是靠不住的 What are the books in your life?

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4 comments

  1. 《三國演義》
    C. S. Lewis的Narnia Chronicles
    《福爾摩斯探案全集》(程小青等譯本)
    《史記》
    《唐詩三百首》
    金庸小說(全部)
    錢穆史學著作
    Roald Dahl小說
    巴金《家》、《春》、《秋》
    《呐喊》、《彷徨》
    OUP Very Short Introductions系列
    George Orwell《Animal Farm》

    :)

  2. 朋友的書目:http://book.douban.com/people/youhuang/collect

  3. 2013 年揀咗十本,貼咗喺呢度︰https://www.facebook.com/events/461626940609142/permalink/462930010478835/

    賀景濱《去年在阿魯巴》(寶瓶文化 2011)
    賀景濱《速度的故事》(木馬文化 2006)
    -賀景濱係今年最大發現,之前因為對《去年在阿魯巴》個書名有印象(名真係好緊要),上網查下睇咗個開頭(就係得獎作品)。跟手就買咗嚟睇,睇完再託人喺台灣帶本《速度的故事》返香港。小說我睇得唔多,少見行文跳脫、挪用科學知識而唔令人生厭嘅人。

    張大春《城邦暴力團》(時報出版 1999)
    -事緣友人有次講起就畀咗個開頭我睇,一睇已覺得不得了(佢咁樣講讀書,總係會吸走鍾意睇書嘅人吧),忍住等買一套返嚟之後農曆新年假睇晒佢。故事宏大之餘因為佢將自己寫埋入去,好似仲多些少說服力。(話說,我第一次睇武俠小說。)

    Steven Roger Fischer《文字書寫的歷史》,呂健忠譯(博雅書屋 2009)
    -當時揾唔到另一本講文字歷史嘅書(後來買到),見呢本封面幾靚就買咗,點知呢本好睇得多。內容極之豐富,居然仲可以塞到入三百三十頁之內。

    Dick Swaab《我即我腦》,王奕瑤、陳琰璟、包愛民譯(漫遊者文化 2012)
    -中譯本比英譯本更早面世。成本書不斷說明人類好多行為傾向取決於大腦,而大腦嘅特性喺出生之時已經決定咗唔少(但先天唔等如遺傳,例如喺子宮中嘅環境都有影響,唔一定關基因事)。作者立場明顯但又幾有說服力,每次睇呢啲書就想去讀神經科學。

    António Damásio, Decartes’ Error (Putnam Publishing 1994)
    -救世軍二手店見到,揭過下幾得意就買咗先。後來先聽講係好書,趁有時間就睇咗佢。作者認為情緒會影響行為同決策,同傳統觀點相反,完全無情緒嘅人係做唔到理性決定。書中用前額葉受損嘅人行為表現(好多測試上能力同一般人無異,但現實生活中決策能力奇差)去說明情緒/感覺/身體對大腦嘅影響嗰部份,都幾開眼界。

    V.S.Ramachandra, Sandra Blakeslee 《尋找腦中幻影》,朱迺欣譯(遠流 2002)
    -深手埗二手書牌檔見到,其實譯得一般,內容搭救(睇完先見到「洪蘭策劃」,好彩唔係佢譯)。例如 Ramachandra 講佢用簡單裝置幫病人「切除」幻肢嘅經歷,令該病人唔再受幻肢痛楚困擾,好偉大。

    婦女新知基金會、台灣伴侶權益推動聯盟/聯合策劃主編《我的違章家庭:28個多元成家故事》(女書文化 2011)
    -應該會令好多人恐慌嘅書,唔同人自述對家庭嘅理解或各自嘅家,例如同志家庭、跨性別婚姻、BDSM 四人家庭,以至無法用幾個字命名概括嘅「家庭」。各種家庭有部份被法律認可,又有部份甚至社會上唔少人都未必接受,重點自然唔係獵奇開眼界,睇返真實嘅人講自己嘅故事,教條大可以放埋一邊先。

    Stewart Shapiro, Thinking about Mathematics: The Philosophy of Mathematics (Oxford University Press, 2000)
    -一本數學哲學入門書,先介紹幾個重要問題,然後由二十世紀初嘅三大流派去到近代發展都有講下,算係照顧周到。正所謂「適合語言能力屬低下的英美學派讀者參考」(出處請自行 google)。

    John Stillwell, Roads to Infinity: The Mathematics of Truth and Proof (A K Peters 2010)
    -翻睇,上年十本書之一(最後好似揀咗十幾本)。隔一年再睇,明多咗啲亦都發現上次睇漏嘅內容,其實係睇自己嘅進步。仍然係暫時睇過關於無限講得最好嘅一本書。

    列多幾本都係今年睇覺得要提下個名的︰
    王文方《這是個什麼樣的世界?》
    成英姝《公主徹夜未眠》
    張系國《星雲組曲》
    Daniel Dennett, Consciousness Explained
    Richard Feynman, The Pleasure of Finding Things Out
    Roger Newton, Thinking About Physics

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