【读书分享】My Name is Memory

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【读书分享】My Name is Memory

     假如这个世界上存在生命轮回,而你在每一世都记得所有前世发生的事,这究竟是幸运还是诅咒?假如你在每一世都在寻找同样一个人,每次虽能找到却每次终究错过,你是否还能执着地继续去下一世寻找?

    《纽约时报》的畅销书作者安.布拉谢尔(Ann Brashares)向读者展现史诗般荡气回肠的爱情故事《My Name is Memory》。厚厚的一本英文原版小说几天内扫完不是问题,因为:You just can’t bear to put it down.

    小说的叙事手法独具一格:男主人公Daniel前几世的回忆部分以第一人称的自述展开,而他在现实这一世的部分则以第三人称描述。两条线交替进行,最终汇为一体。

    Daniel在他第一世的战场上野蛮无知地杀害了一位无辜的少女,她临死前的眼神使他陷入了深深的愧疚,于是他之后花了大约一千五百年的时间追寻着那个女孩的每一世,在回忆和邂逅中不断升华两人的感情,最终完成了自我救赎。不管是惊慌失措的孩子,还是白发苍苍的老人,女主人公Sophia在她的每一世都能被Daniel一眼认出,尽管她不记得任何事,总命运般地对他产生信任。他们很容易地一次次陷入爱河,但更轻易地被命运一再再拆散。但他们总是不惜牺牲当世的一切,永远等待下一世的重逢……你可以认为小说的主题是: “Love conquers all.”而读到故事最后,你会发觉不仅仅如此,作者对书名中的“memory”一词另有深意。

    假如在阅读此书过程中,你不曾经历过瞬间加速的心跳或呼之欲出的泪水,原因可能是: You are not a romantic. or You are a pure scientist who considers the plot nonsense. or Language barrier blocks you to do so.

    下面是此书的英文简介:(摘自豆瓣)

    From the New York Times bestselling author of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants and The Last Summer (of You and Me) comes an imaginative, inspired, magical book -- a love story that lasts more than a lifetime.

    Daniel has spent centuries falling in love with the same girl. Life after life, crossing continents and dynasties, he and Sophia (despite her changing name and form) have been drawn together and he remembers it all. Daniel has the memory, the ability to recall past lives and recognize souls of those he's previously known. It is a gift and a curse. For all the times that he and Sophia have been drawn together throughout history, they have also been torn painfully, fatally, apart. A love always too short.

    Interwoven through Sophia and Daniel's unfolding present day relationship are glimpses of their expansive history together. From 552 Asia Minor to 1918 England and 1972 Virginia, the two souls share a long and sometimes torturous path of seeking each other time and time again. But just when young Sophia (now Lucy in the present) finally begins to awaken to the secret of their shared past, to understand the true reason for the strength of their attraction, the mysterious force that has always torn them apart reappears. Ultimately, they must come to understand what stands in the way of their love if they are ever to spend a lifetime together.

    A magical, suspenseful, heartbreaking story of true love. My Name is Memory proves the power and endurance of a union that was meant to be.


    虽说爱情因为回忆而变得美好并得以保存,但谁说执着于回忆不是一把自伤的利剑?也许放下回忆,不畏失去,才能到达彼岸。

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