有没有可能写一整本书,以至于在最后一句话,小说其余部分的意思完全改变了呢? Vans Grimiere 做出了回答

2020-10-14 15:30

Is it possible for an entire book to be written so that at the very last phrase, the meaning of the rest of the novel changes entirely? iav世界播

有没有可能写一整本书,以至于在最后一句话,小说其余部分的意思完全改变了呢?iav世界播


Answered by: Vans Grimiere,B.A. cum laude English & Writing, Columbia University (2000) iav世界播

回答者:Vans Grimiere,哥伦比亚大学英语与写作学士,优等生(2000)iav世界播


Would you mind if it did by the “last chapter” rather than the “last sentence”? Here it is: iav世界播

你介意看“最后一章”而不是“最后一句”吗?这里是:iav世界播


"Si" by Bob Ong iav世界播

“四”,王志浩(Bob Ong)著。iav世界播


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It was last published in 2014. A short read with only 185 pages and large font size. Sadly, this book is only available in our language (Filipino). (There's no official nor fan translation available anywhere, my bros and sis). What made this book interesting is that the story is in reverse order. iav世界播

它最后一次出版是在2014年。一份只有185页、字体很大的简短读物。遗憾的是,这本书只有我们的语言(菲律宾语)。(我的兄弟姐妹们,任何地方都没有官方和粉丝的翻译。)。这本书的有趣之处在于故事的顺序颠倒了。iav世界播


The book starts with chapter “72” and ends with chapter “0”. Each chapter tells the most significant event in EVERY YEAR of the MC’s life, from when he’s 72 years old up to when he’s still inside his mom’s womb (0 yrs old). And you’re supposed to read it that way. iav世界播

这本书以“72”章开始,以“0”章结束。每一章都讲述了MC生命中每一年最重要的事件,从他72岁到他还在他母亲的子宫里(0岁)。你应该这样解读它。iav世界播


[Spoiler-Alert]So what’s special about the ending? iav世界播

[剧透-警告]那么结局有什么特别之处呢?iav世界播


The book is all about a man’s life. I mean, everything. It is a story about love, family, friendship, life during WW 2 and every other things that everyone may have once or wished to experience. The story developed with a magical feeling to it because of the reverse order that would make you feel nostalgic in every chapter. iav世界播

这本书完全是关于一个人的生活的。我是说,所有的事。这是一个关于爱情、家庭、友谊、二战期间的生活以及每个人可能曾经或希望经历的所有其他事情的故事。故事的发展带着一种神奇的感觉,因为每一章都会让你感到怀旧的相反顺序。iav世界播


It’s as if you’re looking through the eyes of an old man recalling his past before he leaves this world peacefully. iav世界播

这就好像你是在通过一位老人的眼睛看着,在他平静地离开这个世界之前回忆他的过去。iav世界播


But once you reach chapter “0” where he’s still not born, you’ll realize how wrong you were. Here’s an excerpt from that chapter: iav世界播

但是一旦你到了他还没有出生的“0”章,你就会意识到你错得有多离谱。以下是这一章的节选:iav世界播


“Ngunit tulad ng dati ay binulungan ako ni Ina. At sa dulo ng bawat luha ay muling nakiusap na patawarin ko siya. Nagsumamo ako. Sa huling pagkakataon . At ipinagmakaawa ang karapatan ng aking buhay” iav世界播

“Ngunit tulad ng Dati ay binulungan ako ni ina.。在Sa Dulo ng bawat Luha ay muling nakiusap na patawin Ko Siya。长寿子先生。萨胡林·帕卡卡顿(Sa Huling Pagkakataon)。在伊皮纳格马卡瓦和卡拉帕坦“。iav世界播


Translation: “But just like before, my Mom whispered to me. And in every drop of tears, she’d ask me to forgive her. I pleaded. For the last time. I begged for my right to live.” iav世界播

翻译:“但就像以前一样,我妈妈低声对我说。在每一滴眼泪里,她都会请求我原谅她。我恳求道。最后一次。我乞求我的生存权。“。iav世界播


And the last few sentences of the book describe how he is slowly losing his senses. From how it’s getting quieter, how it’s getting colder, how it’s getting darker. iav世界播

这本书的最后几句话描述了他是如何慢慢失去知觉的。从它是如何变得安静,它是如何变冷的,它是如何变得黑暗的。iav世界播


It squeezed my heart to a pulp as it only implied that: He was aborted. iav世界播

它把我的心压得粉碎,因为它只是暗示:他被流产了。iav世界播


The book was NEVER about how a man struggled and lived his life, BUT about a life that someone would have had if he was given the chance to live. iav世界播

这本书从来不是关于一个人是如何奋斗和生活的,而是关于一个人如果有机会活下去会有什么样的生活。iav世界播


It also made me facepalm ‘cause I never saw that coming despite all the clues like: iav世界播

它也让我脸色难看,因为我从来没有看到它的到来,尽管有所有的线索,比如:iav世界播


Snow. Philippines is a tropical country meaning there’s no snow here. The snowflakes on the book cover and the scenes where there’s snow symbolizes imagination in our context. iav世界播

下雪。菲律宾是一个热带国家,这意味着这里没有雪。书封面上的雪花和下雪的场景在我们的背景下象征着想象力。iav世界播


The Title. Which is “Si”. Si is a Filipino article (like a, an, the) that ALWAYS comes before a name. (Ex. Si Vans, Si Elon) So why only “Si ____”? Because the MC never had a name. Why no name? Because it was our parents who give us a name when we are born. He never had a name because he was never born. iav世界播

标题。就是“四”字。SI是一种菲律宾冠词(如a、an、the),总是出现在名字之前。(前)。Si Vans,Si Elon)那么为什么只有“Si_”呢?因为司仪从来没有名字。为什么没有名字?因为是我们的父母在我们出生时给我们起的名字。他从来没有名字,因为他从来没有出生过。iav世界播


MC’s name was never mentioned. Because he didn’t have one. Also, lack of name symbolizes his lack of identity or place in the real world. iav世界播

没有人提到MC的名字。因为他没有。此外,没有名字象征着他在现实世界中缺乏身份或地位。iav世界播


The Overview. It’s comprised of a dialogue that goes like… iav世界播

概述。它由一个类似于…的对话组成。iav世界播


MC: “When will I meet you?” iav世界播

主持人:“我什么时候能见到你?”iav世界播


Victoria (love interest): “Once you’re born” iav世界播

维多利亚(爱情趣味):“一旦你出生”iav世界播


We all knew how annoying was the trope “It never happened” but this book’s message saved it from that. iav世界播

我们都知道“从未发生过”这句比喻有多烦人,但这本书的信息让它避免了这一点。iav世界播


It’s true that our life depends on the choices we’ll make. That our destiny is in our own hands. But none of that would have mattered if our parents never let us live in the first place. iav世界播

的确,我们的生活取决于我们将要做出的选择。我们的命运掌握在我们自己手中。但是,如果我们的父母从一开始就不让我们住,这些都不会有什么关系。iav世界播


PS: This is my first post in Quora. I hope I made sense… iav世界播

PS:这是我在Quora的第一个帖子。我希望我说的有道理,…。iav世界播


PPS: I am a very timid person and this surge of upvotes and comments made me shake invariably in my insides** iav世界播

PPS:我是一个非常胆小的人,这一连串的赞扬和评论总是让我的内心颤抖**iav世界播

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