读过Maugham【Razor’s Edge】

 

断断续续一个多月这本【Razor’s Edge】毛姆的《刀锋》一直是我的枕边书,昨晚更是几近通宵,不能释手。

拉里依然是我的最爱。

 

拉里追求生命意义的路程有些类似于从神走向 佛又走向道,一个探索与回归自然人本性的过程。

 

书的最后一页, 这样描述着拉里:

He is without ambition and he has no desire for fame; to become anything of a public figure would be deeply distasteful to him; and so it may be that he is satisfied to lead his chosen life and be no more than just himself.

 

最终,拉里散尽了那笔钱,回到纽约, 开始了极简朴的生活,靠修汽车、开大货车、出租车为生。

拉里如他自愿的那样,藏身在那片喧嚣激荡的人海中了;而这片人海又是被那么多的矛盾利益困扰着,那样迷失在世界的混乱里,那样渴望好的,那样外表上笃定,内心里彷徨,那样慈善,那样残忍,那样诚实,又那样狡猾,那样卑鄙,又那样慷慨;而这就是美国人民。(周煦良译)

 

拉里只想做他自己,我也是。

感谢毛姆,感谢拉里,带给了我久违了的心的宁静。

 

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If the rose at noon has lost the beauty it had at dawn, the beauty it had then was real. Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take the delight in it while we have it.

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