The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

在朋友推荐下,去图书馆找了这本书来看。

说不上非常非常喜欢,因为感觉太魔幻,太荒诞,太戏剧化了。一个小毛孩,能经历那么多巧合的事情?虽然知道人生不乏奇遇,而且这是一本儿童小说。fiction嘛,当然不是真的。但是如果能让人感觉是真实的,哪怕事情非常怪诞稀奇,人也会觉得恍如真实。

但此书的缺点就跟它的优点一样明显,技巧纯熟,事件一件接一件,但是用力过度。例如主人公Holling Hoodhood被拉去表演莎士比亚戏剧里的仙女,必须穿黄色带羽毛的紧身裤,主人公觉得很丢脸。作者可能觉得这是一个笑点,所以不断重复提到“yellow tights with white feathers on the butt”。第一次觉得搞笑,第二三次觉得可以啊,重复十几次,审美疲劳啊。

说了一大堆毛病,我觉得全书最吸引我的,是有关读莎士比亚的部分。Mrs.Baker要求主人公每周三读莎士比亚作品,主人公一开始当然以为老师又想出什么鬼主意来折磨他。莎士比亚多闷啊,读起来无疑于慢性自杀。但他还是硬着头皮读了,一读就是一个新世界。年纪小,读起莎士比亚,当然不能说完全能理解,但我觉得从儿童视角去思考讨论莎士比亚,是非常有趣的。我记得当年看《罗密欧与朱丽叶》时,心里想,为什么他们不事先讨论如何装死?为什么罗密欧用刀刺自己前不检查清楚朱丽叶是否真死了?看到书中主人公提出类似的疑问,觉得他们很stupid,我不禁微微一笑。

但是阅读莎士比亚,是跟人生经验和思考有关的。主人公用自己的经历,去一步一步理解莎士比亚文学,这个过程描写我很喜欢。例如主人公以为Meryl Lee利用他偷了他爸爸的投标方案,于是在第一份读书报告上写:

What Shakespeare wanted to express about being a human being in Romeo and Julie is that you better be careful who you trust…and because she came up with all sorts of plans that she didn’t bother telling him about, he ended up taking poison and dying, which is an important lesson for us to learn in life.

在知道Meryl并不是有意泄露方案,主人公也原谅了这个小女友,他的paper是这样写的:

What Shakespeare wanted to express about being a human being in Romeo and Julie is that it is hard to care about two things at the same time–like caring the Montague family and caring about Juliet, too…If Romeo had never met Juliet, maybe they both would have still been alive, but what would they have been alive for is the question that Shakespeare wants us to answer.

先倾听而不是先judge,宽容和理解,主动去采取行动,两个小朋友喝着汽水也浪漫哦。

故事是happy ending,每个角色都好归宿。似乎是完美了一点,但如果悲剧,估计要写更长。总的来说故事是关于成长:宽容、探索、走出自己的路,还有,爱。

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