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家园 <了不起的盖茨比>是文化人的阶级仇恨

劳动人民的阶级仇恨是《吃他娘,穿他娘,开了大门迎闯王,闯王来了不纳粮》,描述不同,但是本质是一样的,是对不平等现实的绝望和反抗。高高在上的上层如黛西和汤姆对一切“低于”他们的事物careless,可以和50年后爱德华肯尼迪年轻时的车祸事件印证一下。不要忘了,肯尼迪家族还是被波士顿Brahmin歧视的,大乔肯尼迪和他的父亲某种意义上就是世俗化和妥协的盖茨比。对美国阶级了解不深的,要结合本嘉明网友的一系列关于兄弟会的帖子来看。地理上有优势的可以夏天去长岛Hamptons一带实地考察一下。

文学上来说,这本书的语言是优美和韵律的,译文实难完全表达。

“He smiled understandingly — much more than understandingly. It was one of those rare smiles with a quality of eternal reassurance in it, that you may come across four or five times in life. It faced — or seemed to face — the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you with an irresistible prejudice in your favor. It understood you just so far as you wanted to be understood, believed in you as you would like to believe in yourself, and assured you that it had precisely the impression of you that, at your best, you hoped to convey. Precisely at that point it vanished — and I was looking at an elegant young rough-neck, a year or two over thirty, whose elaborate formality of speech just missed being absurd. Some time before he introduced himself I’d got a strong impression that he was picking his words with care.”

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