Novel Appreciation “Hidden Scent”

Novel Appreciation “Hidden Scent”– A Ghost Story That Steals Your Heart

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《暗香》鉴赏之——金玉缘

雅俗共赏,不拘一格的爱情故事

《暗香》的灵感来自于那首同名歌曲。多年前收听美国华语广播电台“听众点歌”节目时无意间接触到这首歌,立刻就被它震撼的旋律、诗意的歌词所深深吸引。当时的情怀与第一次听到电影《爱情故事》主题曲时的感动相似,如此澎湃大气的佳作已经好久没有听到了。而小说《暗香》就是在那种氛围的滋养下酝酿而生的,一个充满神秘、感性、美好的爱情故事,甜蜜中又带着淡淡的无奈和忧伤。

虽然《暗香》主要的读者群是年轻人,但以雅俗共赏来形容它可能更为贴切一些。这个故事里有当代人的轻松幽默,惊悚小说的悬疑和推理,在浪漫爱情主题的烘托下又不乏令人心跳加速的紧张情节。它使读者思考人性的复杂、善良与阴暗,同时又置身于童话般令人向往的纯真爱情里,感受生活的美好。全书通过金阳对亡故父亲爱恨交织的复杂情感展现出主人公内心的矛盾,痛苦与挣扎以及对幸福未来的渴望,是一个全方位的故事,而它叙事的不拘一格在小说中人文部分的讨论上也有所体现。

《暗香》中涉及到的艺术与音乐的话题使读者从以往古板的、不健全的认知中获得了全新的领悟。比如有位朋友多年来一直以为 莎拉·布莱曼(Sarah Brightman)是位古典音乐歌后,只擅长于传统歌剧及百老汇歌舞剧。通过小说才了解到她实乃英国古典和流行跨界音乐女高音歌手。在她的倾情演绎下,古典音乐增加了一丝空灵的意境,而流行歌曲则平添了几分超俗的美感。同样的,比利时歌手赫尔穆特·洛蒂(Helmut Lotti),以跨界演绎古典、民歌、流行音乐闻名。他的嗓音可洪亮激昂,可悠扬温婉,深得各个年龄层的喜爱。而红遍欧美的荷兰小提琴家安德烈·瑞欧(Andre Rieu),其作品更是将古典音乐与大众音乐进行了完美融合,真正达到雅俗共赏的境界。

男女主人公对上述几位著名音乐家的喜好奠定了他们自身的品味格调及人物特性。金阳和尹悦并非是遵循传统、思想守旧的人。在尊重经典传承的基础上他们对新兴文化也充满了好奇心和接纳的心态,有能力分辨出美与丑、善与恶,并自由选择适合自己的生活态度,这点对于《暗香》的故事发展是极其重要的。因为有这份宽容与包容,尹悦才有可能忘却过去的创痛,并原谅曾经伤害过她的人。而金阳则可以面对父亲不堪的过往,勇敢接受命运的挑战,摆脱旧日阴影。两人的相爱不是偶然而是缘分,因为心性相投而互相吸引,再由相知相怜中产生刻骨铭心的爱恋之情。

我们今天所生活的世界是多样化的和多变性的,如果人们对事物总停留在一成不变的认知当中,不愿拥抱新思想,不能接受新理念,那么就很难融入到这个日新月异的大时代中来。不断求变是人类生存的本能,是社会进步的动力。如果想要改变世界则要先从自我做起。中国古典文学作品《聊斋志异》中大部分故事以悲剧结尾,其中的宿命论不言而喻。

《暗香》同为灵异题材的小说,之所以没有延续前者的悲情结局是因为主人公新时代的思维方式和独立的个性使然。金阳是中美文化的产物,他有着华人的背景和传承,但又从小受到美式教育,是不折不扣的第二代美籍华裔。同很多西方人一样,他不相信宿命,认为只要倾力付出任何事情都是可以改变的。他有着当代年轻人不向命运低头、勇于挑战的精神,为了争取所爱,为了维护大义不顾一切,而这也正是《暗香》的魅力所在。

To Purchase English Version of Hidden Scent(英文版《暗香》可在亚马逊网站购买),Please Visit: <Hidden Scent> on Amazon  

To Purchase Chinese Version of Hidden Scent 《暗香》, (中文版《暗香》可在“纤阅”(Fiberead) 出版社网站购买,Please Visit: Hidden Scent (Chinese)

 

《暗香》- Hidden Scent – A Song that Inspires the Novel

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About dreamlin

Lin has harbored a dream of becoming a novelist since the tender age of 14. When she was 17, her family moved from Mainland China to US in searching for a better life. Language barrier, culture difference, and countless life struggles did not shatter her spirit. Instead, they became the source of her inspiration, and fuel to pursue her dream. Lin is a huge fan of J.R.R. Tolkien. His epic fantasy adventure novel the Lord of the Rings has a great impact on her. However, the lack of romance in the original story stimulates her to create the Thousand Year Promise. Lin loves poetry, mythology, classic & pop music, and literature. To this day, epic fantasy remains her favorite genre. Lin's second novel is a paranormal mystery called "Hidden Scent", peppered with suspense, romance and a touch of magic. Everyone has a secret to hide, and in the process of uncovering the truth, morality is in danger of being forfeited. It's a ghost story with heart and soul. Her most recent work "The Price of a Lie" exposes dark courtroom secrets legal professionals don’t want the public to know. The story unveils the masks of judges and lawyers, how they deceive the public, abuse their power at will, and help criminals escape the punishment of the law. Apart from a typical victim, the heroine in this tale is witty, brave and resourceful. In a dire situation, she does not give in to despair, instead, uses strategy and facts to overcome the obstacles.
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