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《都柏林人》 Dubliners
A collection of short stories by James Joyce, about the life of Irish middle class at the beginning of the 20th century. The stories share a common narrative1 element, epiphany, where characters experience a life-changing illumination or a moment of truth.
There are fifteen stories in the collection, ordered chronologically2. We begin with stories of youth in "The Sisters". Next stories deal with the lives of progressively older people to culminate3 in "The Dead".
《时间的皱纹》 A Wrinkle in Time
Meg's father, a scientist who was studying tesseracts (wrinkles in time) for the government, has been missing for over a year. On a blustery night, a celestial4 stranger appears in her home and beckons5 Meg, her younger brother Charles Wallace, and their friend, Calvin, on an adventure through time and space that could lead them to Meg's missing dad.
This mission is fraught6 with danger, however, and puts their lives — and the very universe — in peril7. This Newbery Medal-winning novel is a quick read unlike any other, brimming with excitement and originality8.
《湮灭》 Annihilation
What is happening at Area X? The 12th expedition has been sent to explore this mysterious place, but their odds9 don't look promising10. While the first team of explorers called the land heavenly, every subsequent party has suffered horribly.
Members of one expedition took their own lives; those of the next group shot and killed one another; and all members of the most recent team died of cancer. The newest expedition is made up of four women who have been asked to observe the landscape — and one another. And what they encounter is the last thing they expect.
《珍珠》 The Pearl
Like his father and grandfather before him, Kino is a poor diver, gathering11 pearls from the gulf12 beds that once brought great wealth to the kings of Spain and now provide Kino, Juana, and their infant son with meager13 subsistence. Then, on a day like any other, Kino emerges from the sea with a pearl as large as a sea gull's egg, as "perfect as the moon". With the pearl comes hope, the promise of comfort and of security…
A story of classic simplicity14, based on a Mexican folk tale, The Pearl explores the secrets of man's nature, greed, the darkest depths of evil, and the luminous15 possibilities of love.
《觉醒》 The Awakening16
The Awakening was Kate Chopin's second and final novel, published in 1899. It was one of the first novels that focused on women, marking the birth of feminism in America. We follow Edna Pontellier, an obedient wife and mother, who becomes close to a charming young man Robert Lebrun. It's the time when she begins to struggle for her independence and self-fulfillment.
At the time of first publication the book met with mixed reactions, mainly due to presenting attitudes that were against established gender17 roles.
《第五个孩子》 The Fifth Child
This is a classic tale from Doris Lessing, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature. Published in 1988, the book describes the changes in the happy life of Harriet and David Lovatt, as a result of the birth of their fifth child, Ben.
Ben is a highly dysfunctional child, large, ugly, and uncontrollable. His birth marks the beginning of the misery18 and suffering for the entire family.
《你在天堂里遇见的五个人》 The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Eddie, a war veteran who spends his days repairing amusement park rides, is less than thrilled with his seemingly pointless existence. On his 83rd birthday, he sacrifices his own life to save a girl from a falling cart. In the hereafter, he discovers that heaven is a place where your life is explained to you by five people — people who changed your life's path in significant ways.
In a truly original fashion, Mitch Albom's The Five People You Meet in Heaven offers a fresh perspective on the meaning of life. Don't be fooled by this book's diminutive19 size: it packs a huge wallop.
《赌徒》 The Gambler
Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Gambler is the tale of Alexy, a tutor who works for a Russian General and his family. He falls in love with the General's niece, Polina — a manipulative young woman who pulls his strings20 like a master puppeteer21.
A hopeless gambler whose passion for the game greatly exceeds his ability to win, Alexy finds himself spiralling out of control. The General's family, in the meantime, sits on the precipice22 of financial ruin, desperately23 awaiting the death of their wealthy matriarch. If you'd like to add a Russian classic to your book challenge, but don't want to embark24 on the weightiness of Anna Karenina or War and Peace, this is the perfect choice for you.


1 narrative CFmxS     
  • He was a writer of great narrative power.他是一位颇有记述能力的作家。
  • Neither author was very strong on narrative.两个作者都不是很善于讲故事。
2 chronologically yVJyh     
ad. 按年代的
  • Manuscripts show cases arranged topically not chronologically. 从原稿看案例是按专题安排的而不是按年代次序安排的。
  • Though the exhibition has been arranged chronologically, there are a few exceptions. 虽然展览的时间便已经安排好了,但是也有少数的例外。
3 culminate Zyixr     
  • The celebration of the centenary will culminate with a dinner.百年庆典活动将以宴会作为高潮。
  • Everyone feared that the boundary dispute between these two countries would culminate in a war.人人都担心,这两国间的边境争端将以一场战争到达顶点。
4 celestial 4rUz8     
  • The rosy light yet beamed like a celestial dawn.玫瑰色的红光依然象天上的朝霞一样绚丽。
  • Gravity governs the motions of celestial bodies.万有引力控制着天体的运动。
5 beckons 93df57d1c556d8200ecaa1eec7828aa1     
v.(用头或手的动作)示意,召唤( beckon的第三人称单数 )
  • He sent his ships wherever profit beckons. 他将船队派往赢利的那些地方。 来自辞典例句
  • I believe history beckons again. 我认为现在历史又在召唤了。 来自辞典例句
6 fraught gfpzp     
  • The coming months will be fraught with fateful decisions.未来数月将充满重大的决定。
  • There's no need to look so fraught!用不着那么愁眉苦脸的!
7 peril l3Dz6     
  • The refugees were in peril of death from hunger.难民有饿死的危险。
  • The embankment is in great peril.河堤岌岌可危。
8 originality JJJxm     
  • The name of the game in pop music is originality.流行音乐的本质是独创性。
  • He displayed an originality amounting almost to genius.他显示出近乎天才的创造性。
9 odds n5czT     
  • The odds are 5 to 1 that she will win.她获胜的机会是五比一。
  • Do you know the odds of winning the lottery once?你知道赢得一次彩票的几率多大吗?
10 promising BkQzsk     
  • The results of the experiments are very promising.实验的结果充满了希望。
  • We're trying to bring along one or two promising young swimmers.我们正设法培养出一两名有前途的年轻游泳选手。
11 gathering ChmxZ     
  • He called on Mr. White to speak at the gathering.他请怀特先生在集会上讲话。
  • He is on the wing gathering material for his novels.他正忙于为他的小说收集资料。
12 gulf 1e0xp     
  • The gulf between the two leaders cannot be bridged.两位领导人之间的鸿沟难以跨越。
  • There is a gulf between the two cities.这两座城市间有个海湾。
13 meager zB5xZ     
  • He could not support his family on his meager salary.他靠微薄的工资无法养家。
  • The two men and the woman grouped about the fire and began their meager meal.两个男人同一个女人围着火,开始吃起少得可怜的午饭。
14 simplicity Vryyv     
  • She dressed with elegant simplicity.她穿着朴素高雅。
  • The beauty of this plan is its simplicity.简明扼要是这个计划的一大特点。
15 luminous 98ez5     
  • There are luminous knobs on all the doors in my house.我家所有门上都安有夜光把手。
  • Most clocks and watches in this shop are in luminous paint.这家商店出售的大多数钟表都涂了发光漆。
16 awakening 9ytzdV     
n.觉醒,醒悟 adj.觉醒中的;唤醒的
  • the awakening of interest in the environment 对环境产生的兴趣
  • People are gradually awakening to their rights. 人们正逐渐意识到自己的权利。
17 gender slSyD     
  • French differs from English in having gender for all nouns.法语不同于英语,所有的名词都有性。
  • Women are sometimes denied opportunities solely because of their gender.妇女有时仅仅因为性别而无法获得种种机会。
18 misery G10yi     
  • Business depression usually causes misery among the working class.商业不景气常使工薪阶层受苦。
  • He has rescued me from the mire of misery.他把我从苦海里救了出来。
19 diminutive tlWzb     
  • Despite its diminutive size,the car is quite comfortable.尽管这辆车很小,但相当舒服。
  • She has diminutive hands for an adult.作为一个成年人,她的手显得非常小。
20 strings nh0zBe     
  • He sat on the bed,idly plucking the strings of his guitar.他坐在床上,随意地拨着吉他的弦。
  • She swept her fingers over the strings of the harp.她用手指划过竖琴的琴弦。
21 puppeteer ztTy5     
  • Mr. Sullivan is a professional puppeteer.沙利文先生是一位专业的木偶戏表演者。
  • One puppeteer controls the doll's head,face,and right hand.一个表演者控制木偶的头部,面部和右手。
22 precipice NuNyW     
  • The hut hung half over the edge of the precipice.那间小屋有一半悬在峭壁边上。
  • A slight carelessness on this precipice could cost a man his life.在这悬崖上稍一疏忽就会使人丧生。
23 desperately cu7znp     
  • He was desperately seeking a way to see her again.他正拼命想办法再见她一面。
  • He longed desperately to be back at home.他非常渴望回家。
24 embark qZKzC     
  • He is about to embark on a new business venture.他就要开始新的商业冒险活动。
  • Many people embark for Europe at New York harbor.许多人在纽约港乘船去欧洲。
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