Yuan Yijun (bbbush) wrote,
Yuan Yijun
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这些天

总觉得自己很忙,又什么都没有做。工作时的压力非常大,因为总是觉得别人很早以前就能做得很好,自己不如人家,永远不如人家,etc.

这些天很少写 LJ 了,没什么时间,也没什么好说的。上班时,对付那些代码,设计得一塌糊涂,自己又不知道怎么改进,如果去适应它,就非常痛苦。

还有的感觉是如果一件事做得彻彻底底,那么后面就会少很多事情。反之,如果抱着侥幸的心理,那么后面一定会不停地重做,把先前想到但是没有做的事情补上,还要让人不放心。本来可以的。

周日去爬山,绕着山路走了很久,才找到了过去走过的阶梯。梧桐山,这是第二次来爬。在上山前担心自己爬不动,没想到非常兴奋!可惜的是,再次只爬到了小梧桐。想想吧,人家去年就爬了三次,两次爬到了大梧桐。自己呢,想了很久了,为什么从来没有做过?

总之就是这样的心理。

终于把《玛迪》看完了。已经连着看不完好几本书了。觉得这本书写得太松散。所谓的主人公,前言中所谓的嘲讽和殖民主义,都淹没在大海、闲聊和美酒中吧。如果我也有那样的闲暇,有一个国王、一个哲学家、一个历史学家还有一个诗人陪着我聊天,在海上走得晕头转向,那么也不错 (前半本的伙伴是一个老船员,一对狗男女)。还是没有懂为什么有那么神秘的花语,而且总是在杀手之后出现。是心情的暗示吗?

如果只把这本书当作心情的暗示,想着作者闲适的生活中,偶尔看了报纸?或者有一肚子的话,一定要说出来,但是又不愿过于枯燥,一定要或娓娓动听或慷慨激昂或优美如诗,先构造一个梦幻的世界,然后读者就可以任由摆布了.. 我是不是还愿意再体会一次作者的智慧的想法?


http://www.melville.org/hmmardi.htm

Publishing History
First British edition published in three volumes on March 16, 1849 by Richard Bentley, London. First American edition published in two volumes on April 14, 1849 by Harper & Brothers, New York.

Disappointed by the sales of Omoo, averse to publishing fiction at any rate, and unhappy with the state of international copyright law and Melville's high asking price, John Murray rejected the manuscript of Mardi. Melville's British agent then offered the book to Richard Bentley, who paid Melville 200 guineas for the right to publish the new work.

Mardi was originally intended as a fictional South Seas adventure story, an idea Melville claimed was inspired by the many attacks upon the veracity of Typee and Omoo. As the story progressed, however, he began to slide increasingly into satire and metaphysical speculation, eventually displacing his customary first-person narrator in favor of three external characters representing philosophical, narrative, and poetic voices, with a fourth to mediate between them. The resulting book revealed the first blossoming of the intellectual growth and spiritual searching that would shape Melville's later works, but it sold poorly and most readers were annoyed by its confused construction and continual "rhapsodising".



Contemporary Criticism and Reviews
If this book be meant as a pleasantry, the mirth has been oddly left out -- if as an allegory, the key of the casket is "buried in ocean deep" -- if as a romance, it fails from tediousness -- if as a prose-poem, it is chargeable with puerility. Among the hundred people who will take it up, lured by their remembrances of Typee, ninety readers will drop off at the end of the first volume; and the remaining nine will become so weary of the hero when for the seventh time he is assaulted by the three pursuing Duessas who pelt him with symbolical flowers, that they will throw down his chronicle ere the end of its second third is reached.... --Henry Fothergill Chorley, in London Athenaeum, March 24 1849

The work is a compound of Robinson Crusoe and Gulliver's Travels, seasoned throughout with German metaphysics of the most transcendental school. The great questions of natural religion, necessity, free-will, and so on.... are treated with much ingenuity, and frequently with a richness of imagination which disguises the triteness of the leading ideas. Politics take their share of the work -- not often well, sometimes most absurdly illustrated. The habits of modern society come in for an occasional fling. But the great merit of the work is its fanciful descriptions of nature amid all her variations. Some of the cleverest, even the most brilliant, passages occur when the author fairly gives himself up to his own singular and quaint contemplations of nature....
Altogether we regard this as a remarkable book. When a man essays a continual series of lofty flights, some of his tumbles will be sufficiently absurd; but we must not be thus hindered from admiring his success when he achieves it. --London Atlas, March 24 1849

... [I]t is almost needless to say that we were disappointed with Mardi. It is not only inferior to Typee and Omoo, but it is a really poor production. It ought not to make any reputation for its author, or to sell sufficiently well to encourage him to attempt any thing else. --Charles Gordon Greene, in Boston Post, April 18 1849



另外今天的玩具是 gaim-libnotify 和 beryl 的 snow 效果。很好玩!总算是有点热闹了。还有那只 Wanda 小鱼。
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