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《劳拉》-1页

(2006-10-30 10:29:18)
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分类: 翻译小说

学习语言的乐趣,可能就是确定多解的词在具体的上下文里的含义吧。比如,为什么作者为Eleanor Marlowe取 Nora这个外号,认为这是天然成趣,没有雕琢感。Nora是美国的一个女作家的名字(Ephron, Nora,1941- ),以塑造强悍性格女性人物和诙谐浪漫而出了名的。可能作者想塑造的Eleanor Marlowe的性格就象东太平洋风暴让人琢磨不定,就借用女名人的名字;是对本书人物性格的暗示。有人问为什么不把Nora翻译成‘诺拉’而是‘劳拉’,简单的理由就是‘劳拉’比‘诺拉’,读起来上口;Nora是外号,不是别名,也不是教名,‘劳拉’比较接近小说里人物的性格。劳,是指体力和身心的活动,当然,这是译者的附会了,作者不见得有此种意思;诺,只是与嘴有关系的事,用于人名,多半是看上生疏,不是中国人的。全书345页,按原书的次序,每次贴一页。

第一章

她的名字是爱丽诺玛露,可是多数人叫她劳拉。这外号倒是直接,也不难懂。她本人也是直脾气。生于维多利亚时代,在维吉利亚的里奇蒙长大,颇有女士气质。然而就世俗而言,在年轻的女子中,她是非常有冒险的性格。劳拉做事冲动,有时还很莽撞。好感情用事,这曾使她父母牵肠挂肚。孩时,划船溺过几次水,在维吉利亚的林栖勃别墅的附近,上树看鸟,掉下来摔折了胳膊。上私立学校时,她获过几次很高的荣誉,而后,进入了一所最好的私立女子学校。二十岁,劳拉已经自立了;家里富裕,她也就成了社会人物。常去东海岸和加勒比海,当然也去欧洲旅游。她很有教养,举止文雅,非常了解外国的事。她痴迷于探险,可是在非洲,却给了她致命的打击。

Chapter One

Her name was Eleanor Marlowe, but most people called her Nora. The nickname was straightforward, without artifice. So was Nora herself, most of the time. Born into the Victorian era, she was raised in Richmond, Virginia, in a manner befitting a lady of quality. But she had a surprisingly adventurous streak for so conventional a young woman. Nora tended to be impulsive and sometimes reckless. Her quicksilver nature had been a constant concern to her parents in the past. As a young girl, she survived dunkings while sailing on yachts, and a broken arm in a fall from a tree while bird-watching near the family's summer home in Lynchburg, Virginia. In private school she achieved high honors, and later she attended one of the best finishing schools. By the time she reached her twenties, Nora had settled a bit, and with her family's great wealth behind her, she became a socialite of note. She had traveled up and down the eastern seacoast and in the Caribbean as well as Europe. She was cultured and well-mannered and very knowledgeable about other countries. But her lingering infatuation with adventure dealt her a devastating blow in Africa.

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