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作者:Agatha Christie
出版社:Harper Collins
中譯本:東方快車謀殺案,遠流出版

▎它是推理小說的入門,賣出數百萬本,多次被改編為電影、電視劇。
▎它也是英文小說的入門,對話多,字彙不困難,可能有一些文法挑戰。
   想訓練聽力,可以聽電影導演親自錄製的小說有聲版。

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"All around us are people, of all classes, of all nationalities, of all ages. For three days these people, these strangers to one another, are brought together. They sleep and eat under one roof, they cannot get away from each other. At the end of three days they part, they go their several ways, never, perhaps, to see each other again."

「我們周圍的這些人,屬於不同的階級,不同的國家,有著不同的年齡。在三天之中,這些人,這些互不相識的人,相聚在一起。他們睡、吃在同一個車頂下,彼此都不能離開。而三天一過,他們又都分道揚鑣,各奔前程,也許這一輩子再也見不到了。」

 《Murder on the Orient Express》2017年再度翻拍成電影上映

A murder was committed on an express train to London, and the murderer is among these thirteen people of all classes and nationalities. This is the plot of《Murder on the Orient Express》. Whether you are familiar with the story or not, you can simply enjoy the author's arrangement and impressive dialogues, in which you might rediscover some hints.

一宗謀殺案發生在大半夜開往倫敦的列車上,犯人就在這十三名如此不同的乘客之中。這是小說《東方快車謀殺案》情節。不管是否已熟知情節,你都可一再欣賞作者的布局與精采對話,在對話中找到暗示。

 

The author, Agatha Christie, is known as the "Queen of Crime." Her works have been translated to 100 languages and have sold more than 2 billion copies. Another renowned novel of hers, "And Then There Were None" set up the "snowstorm villa model" in detective fictions. The reputation of detectives in her works, Hercule Poirot and Jane Marple, is not inferior to Sherlock Holmes. When Hercule Poirot passed away in the novel《Curtain》, The New York Times published an obituary titled: "Hercule Poirot is dead; Famed Belgian Detective."

作者阿嘉莎克莉絲蒂有「犯罪女王」的稱號,作品被翻譯超過一百種語言,總銷量超過二十億本,超過三十部小說被改編搬上大螢幕。她的另一本知名作品《無人生還》,開創了「暴風雪殺人模式」(或稱孤島殺人模式),她筆下的名偵探白羅與珍瑪波,知名度也不下福爾摩斯。當白羅在小說《幕》中去世,紐約時報甚至為他刊出訃告,標題是「知名比利時偵探赫丘勒白羅逝世」。

 

This book can also be a good start for your listening training. The audibook is performed by the director and star of the most recent film adaptation, Kenneth Branagh. Is it about 6 hours long.

這本書也可做為很好的聽力訓練,執導最近一部改編電影的肯尼斯布萊納,親自錄製了小說有聲版,全長僅六小時。

 


 

文/Nikki Lu

本文收錄於英語島English Island 2018年4月號
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