小說電影金句摘錄《長日將盡》The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro (石黑一雄) |No one in the world who needs me as much as he does. But still…..

電影裡她說了這麼一段話:For a long time I was very unhappy. But then Catherine was born. Years went by. One day I realized I loved my husband. You see, there’s no one, Stevens, no one in the world who needs me as much as he does. But still, there are times when I think what a terrible mistake I made in my life.
 
《長日將盡》是石黑一雄於1989年出版的作品,該書被改編為同名電影,於1993年上映。據了解,對岸將這部電影翻譯成《告别有情天》。女人確實很容易選擇一個強烈需要他們的男人,人們將之定義為母愛氾濫。我想,或者是她們過度渴望成為一個照顧者,或過度渴望被需要。被需要的同時,讓她們感到那應該是被愛的味道。兩者不同,卻很容易誤判。
這部小說的觀後感:是不是雙雙內斂的男女,特別容易錯過雙雙有好感的感情?
 
▲英國移民做家:石黑一雄
出生:1954年
學歷:東英吉利亞大學文學碩士
獲獎紀錄:英國布克獎、法國藝術與文學勳章、諾貝爾文學獎
代表作品:長篇小說《長日將盡》、《別讓我走》、《被埋葬的記憶》,短篇小說《夜曲:音樂與黃昏五故事》
 
▲據說亞馬遜創辦人貝佐斯也是這本書的讀者,貝佐斯長提到面臨長短期抉擇時多以「遺憾最小化」(Regret Minimization Framework)思考,會想像八十歲的自己,盡可能將憾事的數量縮減到最小值,以此思維,強迫自己把眼光放遠。由於石黑一雄成了諾貝爾文學獎得主,他的書也成為哈佛教案,主要是這本書擅長批判,不單單探討人性,同時批判社會問題,也著眼道德倫理等等議題做論述。

Novel Quote from  The Remains of the Days. 小說英文台詞摘錄

‘I feel as if I should answer you, Mr Stevens. As you say, we may not meet for many years. Yes, I do love my husband. I didn’t at first. I didn’t at first for a long time. When I left Darlington Hall all those years ago, I never realized I was really, truly leaving. I believe I thought about it as simply another ruse, Mr Stevens, to annoy you. It was a shock to come here and find myself married. For a long time, I was very unhappy, very unhappy indeed. But then year after year went by, there was the war, Catherine grew up, and one day I realized I loved my husband. You spend so much time with someone, you find you get used to him[…..] I’ve grown to love him’ [….]and then – extremely desolate occasions – when you think to yourself: “What a terrible mistake I’ve made with my life.” And you get to thinking about a different life, abetter life ..…And I suppose that’s when I get angry over some trivial little thing and leave. But each time I do so, I realize before long – my rightful place is with my husband. After all, there is no turning back the clock now. One can’t be forever dwelling on what might have been. One should realize one has as good as most, perhaps better, and be grateful.’ […]for it took me a moment or two to fully digest these words of Miss Kenton […] why should I not admit it? – at that moment, my heart was breaking. Before long, however, I turned to her and said with a smile:‘You’re very correct, Mrs Benn. As you say, it is too late to turn back the clock. Indeed, I would not be able to rest if I thought such ideas were the cause of unhappiness for you and your husband. We must each of us, as you point out, be grateful for what we do have.’

“The evening’s the best part of the day. You’ve done your day’s work. Now you can put your feet up and enjoy it.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day


What can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished? The hard reality is, surely, that for the likes of you and I, there is little choice other than to leave our fate, ultimately, in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services. What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“But what is the sense in forever speculating what might have happened had such and such a moment turned out differently? One could presumably drive oneself to distraction in this way. In any case, while it is all very well to talk of ‘turning points’, one can surely only recognize such moments in retrospect. Naturally, when one looks back to such instances today, they may indeed take the appearance of being crucial, precious moments in one’s life; but of course, at the time, this was not the impression one had. Rather, it was as though one had available a never-ending number of days, months, years in which to sort out the vagaries of one’s relationship with Miss Kenton; an infinite number of further opportunities in which to remedy the effect of this or that misunderstanding. There was surely nothing to indicate at the time that such evidently small incidents would render whole dreams forever irredeemable.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“I can’t even say I made my own mistakes. Really – one has to ask oneself – what dignity is there in that?”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“Perhaps it is indeed time I began to look at this whole matter of bantering more enthusiastically. After all, when one thinks about it, it is not such a foolish thing to indulge in – particularly if it is the case that in bantering lies the key to human warmth.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.” ― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“But then, I suppose, when with the benefit of hindsight one begins to search one’s past for such ‘turning points’, one is apt to start seeing them everywhere.”
― Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day

“What do you think dignity’s all about?’

 
《長日將盡》
初版發行日期: 1989 年 5 月
作者: 石黑一雄
頁數: 245
類型: 歷史虛構
角色: Miss Kenton, Lord Darlington, Mr. Stevens, Reginald Cardinal, William Stevens
獲獎紀錄: 布克獎, National Board of Review Award for Best Actor等等
 
tags: inspirational, life-experience, self-development, bittersweet, broken-heart, mr-stevens, powerful, rejection, life, love, memory

 
 

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