The Gathering: Man Booker Prize 2007

The Gathering
Anne Enright
Published by Jonathan Cape


The Gathering is a family epic. It is also a sexual history: tracing the line of hurt and redemption through three generations - starting with the grandmother, Ada Merriman - showing how memories warp and family secrets fester. This is a novel about love and disappointment, about thwarted lust and limitless desire, and how our fate is written in the body, not in the stars.

See: http://www.themanbookerprize.com/books/312
面目可憎,莫過於此:先是花了一年半載的時間才懵懂讀完一本My Name Is Red(這小說還真他媽的好看),其次又疏於follow小說家Doris Lessing恃其87高齡風光拿下諾貝爾文學獎的新聞(Pinter跟Lessing拿的是終身成就獎嗎?),關心『入』『返』聯反而多一些些,今回由Anne Enright拿下曼布克獎,我同樣渾然不覺,彷彿入定。而我書架上靜靜地躺著的,猶有Michael Cunningham的Flesh and Blood以及Orham Pamuk的Snow。

話說回來,The Gathering似乎真不是一本甚麼cheery的小說。依我現在的身體/精神狀態,還是讀讀死神的穢物就好。但要穿越那封鎖線與鷹架啊?我的媽。