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News of the World (Movie Tie-in) 讀報人

料號(EAN): 9780063052505
ISBN: 9780063052505
作 者: Paulette Jiles
出 版 社: Harper Collins USA
適用程度: Beginner
出版日期: 2021/1/12
系列名稱: National Book Awards
頁 數: 304
長 寬 高: 167x104x25mm
語 系: 英語
裝 訂: 平裝
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It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.
 
In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.
 
Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.” Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.
 
Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.


一八七零年,傑佛遜•凱爾•基德上尉穿越德州北部,對渴望了解世界大事的付費觀眾宣讀報上時事。上尉是個年長的鰥夫,他經歷過三次戰爭,還打過其中兩次的仗,他喜歡這種到處流浪的孤獨生活。
 
在威奇托瀑布這個地方,有人用價值五十美金的金塊託他將一個孤兒帶到聖安東尼奧的親戚家。四年前,一群基奧瓦族士兵殺死喬安娜的父母和姊姊,把她留下來撫養。這個十歲的女孩不久前才被美軍救出,如今被迫再次離開她唯一熟悉的「家」。
 
這一趟總長約四百英哩的旅程必須向南穿越惡劣艱險的荒地。喬安娜早就忘光了英語,一逮到機會就想逃跑,她扔掉鞋子,拒絕採取“文明”的舉動。然而,隨著路程的進展,這兩個孤獨的倖存者開始信任彼此,在這生死一線的險惡之地互相依賴,情感相依。
 
抵達聖安東尼奧之後,與親人的團聚並沒有帶來歡欣,親戚也冷淡以對。上尉必須將喬安娜交給她印象模糊的姨媽和姨父--而他們只把她看成額外的負擔。這位可敬的老上尉基德面臨著一個艱難的選擇:放棄這個女孩讓她隨命運擺佈,或者成為執法者眼中的綁架者。《讀報人》寫作精緻,道德複雜,是一部精彩的歷史小說,本書探索家庭的分際、責任、榮譽和信任。

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