《芒果街上的小屋》

By : 可可英语学习网|Updated: 2011-11-05

《芒果街上的小屋》 一本优美纯净的小书,一本“诗小说”。由几十个短篇组成,语言清澈如流水,点缀着零落的韵脚和新奇的譬喻,如一首首长歌短调,各自成韵,又彼此钩连,汇聚出一个清晰世界,各样杂沓人生。所有的讲述都归于一个叙述中心:居住在芝加哥拉美移民社区芒果街上的女孩埃斯佩朗莎。生就对弱的同情心和对美的感觉力,她用清澈的眼打量周围的世界,用美丽稚嫩的语言讲述成长、沧桑、生命的美好与不易和年轻的热望与梦想,梦想有一所自己的房子,梦想在写作中追寻自我,获得自由和帮助别人的能力。

Hairs

Everybody in our family has different hair. My Papa"s hair is like a broom, all up in the air. And me, my hair is lazy. It never obeys barrettes or bands. Carlos" hair is thick and straight. He doesn"t need to comb it. Nenny"s hair is slippery--slides out of your hand. And Kiki, who is the youngest, has hair like fur.

But my mother"s hair, my mother"s hair, like little rosettes, like little candy circles all curly and pretty because she pinned it in pincurls all day, sweet to put your nose into when she is holding you, holding you and you feel safe, is the warm smell of bread before you bake it, is the smell when she makes room for you on her side of the bed still warm with her skin, and you sleep near her, the rain outside falling and Papa snoring. The snoring, the rain, and Mama's hair that smells like bread.

头发

我们家里每个人的头发都不一样。爸爸的头发像扫把,根根直立往上插。而我,我的头发挺懒惰。它从来不听发夹和发带的话。卡洛斯的头发又直又厚。他不用梳头。蕾妮的头发滑滑的——会从你手里溜走。还有奇奇,他最小,茸茸的头发像毛皮。

只有妈妈的头发,妈妈的头发,好像一朵朵小小的玫瑰花结[ 玫瑰花结是指玫瑰花状的圆形花饰]。一枚枚小小的糖果圈儿,全都那么拳曲,那么漂亮,因为她成天给它们上发卷。把鼻子伸进去闻一闻吧,当她搂着你时。当她搂着你时,你觉得那么安全,闻到的气味又那么香甜。是那种待烤的面包暖暖的香味,是那种她给你让出一角被窝时,和着体温散发的芬芳。你睡在她身旁,外面下着雨,爸爸打着鼾。哦,鼾声、雨声,还有妈妈那闻起来像面包的头发。

Darius and the Clouds

You can never have too much sky. You can fall asleep and wake up drunk on sky, and sky can keep you safe when you are sad. Here there is too much sadness and not enough sky. Butterflies too are few and so are flowers and most things that are beautiful. Still, we take what we can get and make the best of it.

Darius, who doesn"t like school, who is sometimes stupid and mostly a fool, said something wise today, though most days he says nothing. Darius, who chases girls with firecrackers or a stick that touched a rat and thinks he"s tough, today pointed up because the world was full of clouds, the kind like pillows.

You all see that cloud, that fat one there? Darius said, See that? Where? That one next to the one that look like popcorn. That one there. See that. That"s God, Darius said.God? somebody little asked. God, he said, and made it simple.

大流士和云

你永远不能拥有太多的天空。你可以在天空下睡去,醒来又沉醉。在你忧伤的时候,天空会给你安慰。可是忧伤太多,天空不够。蝴蝶也不够,花儿也不够。大多数美的东西都不够。于是,我们取我们所能取,好好地享用。

大流士[ 也是古代波斯帝国国王的名字。一代雄主大流士大帝在位期间(前522—前486),对内强化君主专制,对外实行大规模军事扩张,使得波斯帝国进入全盛期。自命不凡的他曾在贝希斯敦的悬崖上刻下铭文:“我,大流士,伟大的王、万邦之王、波斯之王……我是国王。”后世因此尊他为“万王之王”。],不喜欢上学的他,有时很傻,几乎是个笨人,今天却说了一句聪明的话,虽然大多数日子他什么都不说。大流士,喜欢用爆竹,用碰过老鼠的小棍子去追逐女孩,还以为自己很了不起的他,今天却指着天空,因为那里有满天的云朵,像枕头样的云朵。

你们都看到那朵云了,那朵胖乎乎的云了?大流士说,看到了?哪里?那朵看起来像爆米花的旁边的那朵。那边那朵。看,那是上帝。大流士说。上帝?有个小点的问道。上帝。他说。简洁地说。