San Miguel

San Miguel

作者 : T. C. Boyle


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定價 : NT 315

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The schooner from Santa Barbara arrives at the tiny, desolate island on New Year's Day, 1888. As the trunks are unloaded onto the wet sand, thirty-eight-year-old Marantha Waters looks at the cliffs falling away into the churning sea. This is the first day of her new life on San Miguel.

Joined by her husband, a fiercely possessive Civil War veteran who will take over the operation of the sheep ranch on the island, Marantha strives to persevere in the face of brutal isolation. But the constant wind and sheep-ravaged wasteland shatter her illusions; her husband promised paradise. As he obsessively resolves to stay - and becomes increasingly distant from her and their adopted daughter Edith - Marantha's blighted lungs grow weaker in the dampness. Two years later, Edith, now a spirited teenager and an aspiring actress, will exploit every opportunity to escape the captivity her father has imposed on her.

March, 1930. Another family - and another bride - arrives on San Miguel. Elise Lester, a librarian from New York City, and her husband Herbie, a World War I veteran full of manic energy, achieve a celebrity of sorts as the news cameras take an interest in these wayward people living in the wild. But the unyielding island is haunted by its history. Will the family be able to cling together as the war threatens to pull everything apart?

San Miguel is a vivid and gripping story of hard lives pitched against the elements, the desires of stubborn men and the unbearable burden of love, from master American storyteller T. C. Boyle.

 美國各大媒體眾聲齊讚!美國筆會/福克納小說獎得主、《紐約時報》暢銷小說家T. C. Boyle的精彩力作,精確捕捉靜謐中的強烈張力,是一部充滿詩意、深達人心的作品,讀來教人難以忘懷!

一艘由美國南加州聖塔芭芭拉駛出的雙桅帆船,在1888年元旦,抵達了一座名為San Miguel的荒涼小島。這天也是38歲的Marantha Waters,和她先生在這座島上展開新生活的第一天。Marantha的丈夫是美國內戰退役軍人,將在這座島上接管一座綿羊放牧場,Marantha也隨同先生,就此展開彷若與世隔絕的新生活。但是島上的天氣惡劣、強風不斷,加上不利羊群飼養的荒地,讓她對於未來一切的美好勾勒徹底幻滅。但一意孤行的丈夫執意要在這座島上生活,使得他跟Marantha以及女兒Edith日益疏離;肺本來就不好的Marantha,也因島上溼氣病情越發嚴重。

1930年的三月,另一組家庭也同樣抵達San Miguel,女主人Elise Lester是一位來自紐約的圖書館員,她的丈夫Herbie則是剛從第一次世界大戰退役下來。50年的時間過去了,但是在這塊嚴峻的土地上,循環的歷史依舊同樣上演,存活於不同年代的兩位女性,面對的是近似的命運,她們必須幫助同為退役軍人的丈夫完成夢想,同時自身也得在孤獨寂寥的惡劣環境中,奮力面對接踵而來的生命挑戰……


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