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The Throwback Special

The Throwback Special

作者 : Chris Bachelder

出版社 : W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

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定價 : NT 699

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2016年美國國家圖書獎小說類決選名單
2016年《巴黎評論》Terry Southern幽默獎得主

「男性情誼的詼諧解析...,敏銳的觀察、具同理心且風趣到足以贏得那些討厭美式足球和足球迷的讀者。」
--《柯克斯》(Kirkus)星級評論

「強而有力、機智且有趣...Chris Bachelder施了一種心酸又詼諧的魔法,內行地找到並娓娓道來生命中的核心真相。」
--《洛杉磯時報》書評

一部關於美國男性心靈深刻而原創的小說,The Throwback Special標示了作者那個世代最著名的一種文學之聲的回歸。

這是一本關於22個男人的故事,他們在每年秋天相聚,痛苦地重新演繹了ESPN稱之為"NFL史上最讓人驚訝的一戰",華盛頓紅人隊將之戲稱為"特別的擲回"(Throwback Special),這場發生於1985年11月的比賽,紅人隊的Joe Theismann被紐約巨人隊的Lawrence Taylor撞斷了腿,這場比賽在傳統上是ESPN做實況轉播的周一夜晚。

作者Chris Bachelder以他的機智與同理心,為我們介紹了書中22個男性角色,其中有:Charles,一個心理學家,他的專業使他奇貨可居;George,一個喋喋不休的公立圖書館員;胖子Michael,因為身材奇佳,被其他人忌妒與鄙視;Jeff,一個剛離婚的男人,卻成為婚姻的理論學家...。整個周末,這些男人從選擇的角色中,吐露他們隱藏的希望、恐懼與熱情,他們的靈魂花了一整夜準備這場比賽,最後表演了或許是最後一次的怪異儀式。整個夜晚,各種小事故、誤解與牢騷越堆越高,撫慰人心讓人凝聚一起的傳統有可能就此消逝。

這本動人而詼諧的故事,對男性氣概、婚姻、中年與各種我們在生活中所展演的儀式有著精準的觀察。

2016 National Book Award Finalist in Fiction
Winner of the Paris Review's 2016 Terry Southern Prize for Humor


A slyly profound and startlingly original novel about the psyche of the American male, The Throwback Special marks the return of one of the most acclaimed literary voices of his generation.

Here is the absorbing story of twenty-two men who gather every fall to painstakingly reenact what ESPN called “the most shocking play in NFL history” and the Washington Redskins dubbed the “Throwback Special”: the November 1985 play in which the Redskins’ Joe Theismann had his leg horribly broken by Lawrence Taylor of the New York Giants live on Monday Night Football.

With wit and great empathy, Chris Bachelder introduces us to Charles, a psychologist whose expertise is in high demand; George, a garrulous public librarian; Fat Michael, envied and despised by the others for being exquisitely fit; Jeff, a recently divorced man who has become a theorist of marriage; and many more. Over the course of a weekend, the men reveal their secret hopes, fears, and passions as they choose roles, spend a long night of the soul preparing for the play, and finally enact their bizarre ritual for what may be the last time. Along the way, mishaps, misunderstandings, and grievances pile up, and the comforting traditions holding the group together threaten to give way.

The Throwback Special is a moving and comic tale filled with pitch-perfect observations about manhood, marriage, middle age, and the rituals we all enact as part of being alive.
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Chris Bachelder

任教於辛辛那提大學,也是小說與散文作者。
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