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The Gargoyle Hunters

The Gargoyle Hunters

作者 : John Freeman Gill

出版社 : ALFRED A. KNOPF

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定價 : NT 499

售價 : NT499

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建築師小說家John Freeman Gill帶有沙林傑魂魄的首作。

13歲男孩眼中逐漸消逝的城市風貌,透過本書,傳達出父子之間令人噴飯又哀傷的深刻故事。

「《滴水獸獵人》(The Gargoyle Hunters)這本優美的書,精彩、強烈又有趣,書頁中充滿閱讀的樂趣…傑出非凡。」
- Anne Proulx (以《海角家園》(The Shipping News)獲普立茲文學獎與國家圖書獎,《斷背山》電影原著作者)

「帶著Jonathan Lethem與J. D. Salinger的精神,John Freeman Gill在這本關於父親角色、藝術、迷戀、創造與毀滅的小說裡,哀傷、直白又無視禮教,它拯救了許多事物,特別是我們與過去的綿長關係。這是一本精彩又迷人的首作。」 - Colum McCann (2009年以《讓美好世界轉動》獲美國國家圖書獎作者)

1970年代的紐約,Griffin Watts的家就快保不住了,13歲的他,為了挽救與母親、妹妹共住的紅磚公寓,也為了與父親在一起,他加入了父親的非法集團,用他那小小的身軀與敏捷的身手,專偷19世紀紐約市內尋常公寓和知名摩天樓排水口上的滴水獸。Griffin的父親告訴他,這些滴水獸是這個城市在輝煌的建築歲月中,由移民們所雕刻與鑄造的。在城市繁榮、建築翻新的過程中,滴水獸是一群將被摧毀、亟待拯救的物種。

Griffin的父親是個沉迷於保存紐約19世紀末20世紀初建築的人,他對母親的佔有欲,還有對老式建築走火入魔的迷戀,正逐漸摧毀Griffin的友誼、初戀、甚至他的人生。在Griffin”拯救”滴水獸的同時,他該拯救自己生命中的哪個部分?又該捨棄哪個部分?到最後,他明白,或許,丟失的,是任何人也無法從你身上奪去的東西。

Hilarious and poignant, The Gargoyle Hunters is a love letter to a vanishing city, and a deeply emotional story of fathers and sons. Intimately portraying New York s elbow-jostling relationship with time, the novel solves the mystery of a brazen and seemingly impossible architectural heist the theft of an entire historic Manhattan building that stunned the city and made the front page of The New York Times in 1974.

With both his family and his city fracturing, thirteen-year-old Griffin Watts is recruited into his estranged father s illicit and dangerous architectural salvage business. Small and nimble, Griffin is charged with stealing exuberantly expressive nineteenth-century architectural sculptures gargoyles right off the faces of unsung tenements and iconic skyscrapers all over town. As his father explains it, these gargoyles, carved and cast by immigrant artisans during the city s architectural glory days, are an endangered species in this era of sweeping urban renewal.

Desperate both to connect with his father and to raise cash to pay the mortgage on the brownstone where he lives with his mother and sister, Griffin is slow to recognize that his father s deepening obsession with preserving the architectural treasures of Beaux Arts New York is also a destructive force, imperiling Griffin s friendships, his relationship with his very first girlfriend, and even his life.
As his father grows increasingly possessive of both Griffin s mother and his scavenged touchstones of the lost city, Griffin must learn how to build himself into the person he wants to become and discover which parts of his life can be salvaged and which parts must be let go. Maybe loss, he reflects, is the only thing no one can ever take away from you.

Tender, funny, and achingly sad, The Gargoyle Hunters introduces an extraordinary new novelist.
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John Freeman Gill

是土生土長的紐約客,也是《紐約時報》的外稿作家。他不但是建築師,也是《大道》(Avenue)雜誌的編輯,他為雜誌專欄所寫的內容,是紐約市歷史建築與住戶的故事,他本身也收藏少量的滴水獸。
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