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- June 3, 2000 at 6:32 pm #69572匿名用戶Participant
重看了一本好書. 是JOSTEIN GAARDER 的 THE SOLITAIRE MYSTERY.
比起SOPHIES’ WORLD, 我更愛看這本小說.
許是因為我愛看童話故事, 著迷於魔幻世界. 穿插於HANS THOMAS
尋母之旅與FRODE’S MAGIC ISLAND及SOLITAIRE MYSTERY 間. 有著
特意記下了以下的THE JOKER GAME. 以茲回味.
<pre> [ The Joker Game]</pre>
Silver brig drowns in foaming sea. Sailor is washed ashore on island
which grows and grows. The breast pocket hides a pack of cards
which is placed in the sun to dry. Fifty-three pictures are company for
the master glassblower’s son for many long years.
Before the colours fade, fifty-three dwarfs are cast in the lonely
sailor’s imagination. Peculiar figures dance in the master’s mind.
When the master sleeps, the dwarfs live their own lives. One beauti-
ful morning King and Jack climb out of the prison of consciousness.
The images jump out of the creative space into the created space.
The figures are shaken out of the magician’s sleeve and appear out of
thin air bursting with life. The fantasiesare beautiful in appearance,
but all except one have lost their minds. Only a lonely Joker sees
through the delusion.
Sparkling drink paralyses Joker’s senses. Joker spits out the spark-
ling drink. Without the lie-nectar the little fool thinks more clearly.
After fifty-two years the shipwrecked grandson comes to the village.
The truth lies in the cards. The truth is that the master glass-
blower’s son has made fun of his own fantasies. The fantasies lead a
fantastic rebellion against the master. Soon the master is dead; the
dwarfs have murdered him.
Sun princess finds her way to the ocean. The magic island crum-
bles from within. The dwarfs become cards again. The baker’s son
escapes the fairy tale before it is folded up.
The fool slips away behind dirty boat sheds in the homeland. The
baker’s son escapes over the mountains and settles in remote village.
The baker conceals the treasures from the magic island. The future
lies in the cards.
The village shelters neglected boy whose mother has passed away.
The baker gives him the sparkling drink and shows him the beautiful
fish. The boy grows old and his hair turns white, but before he dies,
unhappy soldier comes from land in the north. The soldier guards
the secret of the magic island.
The soldier does not know that shaven girl gives birth to beautiful
baby boy. The boy must run away to sea because he is the enemy’s
son. The sailor marries beautiful woman who gives birth to a baby
boy before she travels to land in the south to find herself. Father and
son search for the beautiful woman who can’t find herself.
The dwarf with cold hands points the way to remote village and
gives the boy from the land in the north a magnifying glass on his
journey. The magnifying glass matches chip in goldfish bowl. The
goldfish does not reveal the island’s secret, but the sticky bun does.
The sticky-bun man is the soldier from the land in the north.
The truth about the grandfather lies in the cards. Destiny is a snake
which is so hungry it devours itself. The inner box unpacks the outer
box at the same time as the outer box unpacks the inner. Destiny is a
cauliflower head which grows equally in all directions.
The boy realises that the sticky-bun man is his own grandfather at
the same time as the sticky-bun man realises that the boy from the
north is his own grandson. The sticky-bun man shouts down a magic
funnel, so his voice carries hundreds of miles. The sailor spits out
strong drink. The beautiful woman who can’t find herself finds her
beloved son instead.
The solitaire is a family curse. There is always Joker to see through
the delusion. Generation succeeds generation, but there is a fool
walking the earth who is never ravaged by time. The one who sees
through destiny must also live through it.
<pre> – By The JOKER in Frode’s magic island
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