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提升翻譯語感:比爾•蓋茨的 2019 夏日書單

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比爾·蓋茨在官方博客上發布 2019 年夏季書單,推薦了今年夏天最值得閱讀的五本書。

1、《劇變》 賈雷德·戴蒙德著

Upheaval, by Jared Diamond. I'm a big fan of everything Jared has written, and his latest is no exception. The book explores how societies react during moments of crisis.

《劇變》,賈雷德·戴蒙德著。我喜歡賈雷德的一切作品,他的最新作也不例外。本書探討了在危機時刻各個社會是如何應對的。

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He uses a series of fascinating case studies to show how nations managed existential challenges like civil war, foreign threats, and general malaise.

他使用了一系列有趣的案例,展現了不同的國家如何面對內戰、外來威脅和普遍存在的難題。

It sounds a bit depressing, but I finished the book even more optimistic about our ability to solve problems than I started.

這個話題聽起來有點令人沮喪,但讀完這本書後,對于我們解決問題的能力我覺得更樂觀了。

如果你是賈雷德·戴蒙德的書迷,徜徉在《槍炮、病菌與鋼鐵》和《第三種黑猩猩》中無法自拔,這本新書一定會爲你打開新世界的大門!

 

2、《九品脫》 蘿絲·喬治著

Nine Pints, by Rose George. If you get grossed out by blood, this one probably isn't for you. But if you're like me and find it fascinating, you'll enjoy this book by a British journalist with an especially personal connection to the subject.

《九品脫》,蘿絲·喬治著。如果你暈血,那這本書大概不適合你。但如果你跟我一樣能夠承受,並覺得血液其實非常奇妙,那麽這本書你一定會喜歡。這位英國記者對這個話題還有著強烈的個人情結。

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I'm a big fan of books that go deep on one specific topic, so Nine Pints (the title refers to the volume of blood in the average adult) was right up my alley.

我特別喜歡深挖某一領域的書籍,所以《九品脫》(書名代表了平均每個成人體內的血液總量)特別合我的口味。

It's filled with super-interesting facts that will leave you with a new appreciation for blood.

書裏全是非常有趣的事實,一定會將你對血液的認識和欣賞提升到一個新的高度。

盡管這恐怕不是一本“典型夏季閑書”,但蓋茨認爲每個人都應該對這個話題有更多的了解。“畢竟,人們最有共同點的莫過于血液。”

 

3、《莫斯科紳士》 埃默·托爾斯著

A Gentleman in Moscow, by Amor Towles. It seems like everyone I know has read this book. I finally joined the club after my brother-in-law sent me a copy, and I'm glad I did.

《莫斯科紳士》,埃默·托爾斯著。好像我認識的所有人都讀過這本書了。我的姐夫送了我一本,我才讀了這本書。很慶幸我讀了。

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Towles's novel about a count sentenced to life under house arrest in a Moscow hotel is fun, clever, and surprisingly upbeat.

托爾斯的這部小說講述了一位伯爵的故事,他被終身軟禁在莫斯科的一家酒店裏。小說有趣、巧妙,同時又出人意料的樂觀。

Even if you don't enjoy reading about Russia as much as I do (I've read every book by Dostoyevsky), A Gentleman in Moscow is an amazing story that anyone can enjoy.

即便你不像我一樣喜歡閱讀關于俄國的著作(我讀遍了陀思妥耶夫斯基所有的書),《莫斯科紳士》也是一部所有人都能享受的美妙故事。

如果你喜歡埃默·托爾斯的寫作風格,不妨讀一讀他的長篇小說處女作《上流法則》(Rules of Civility),此書出版後獲得一致好評,長踞《紐約時報》暢銷榜前位,並被《華爾街日報》評爲年度暢銷小說。

 

4《戰時總統》 邁克爾·貝斯克羅斯著

Presidents of War, by Michael Beschloss. My interest in all aspects of the Vietnam War is the main reason I decided to pick up this book.

《戰時總統》,邁克爾·貝斯克羅斯著。對越南戰爭的極大興趣,是我讀這本書的理由。

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By the time I finished it, I learned a lot not only about Vietnam but about the eight other major conflicts the U.S. entered between the turn of the 19th century and the 1970s. 

讀完之後,這本書不僅增進了我對越南的了解,對于 19 世紀末到 20 世紀 70年代間美國所卷入的八場主要的紛爭,我也有了進一步的認識。

都說聰明人喜歡在讀書上“浪費時間”,如果你喜歡研究曆史,尤其是二戰後的曆史,不妨嘗試讀一讀這本書。

 

5《資本主義的未來》 保羅·科利爾著

The Future of Capitalism, by Paul Collier. Collier's latest book is a thought-provoking look at a topic that's top of mind for a lot of people right now.

《資本主義的未來》,保羅·科利爾著。在這本最新著作中,科利爾以一種令人深思的方式探討了當下許多人首要關注的一個話題。

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Although I don't agree with him about everything — I think his analysis of the problem is better than his proposed solutions — his background as a development economist gives him a smart perspective on where capitalism is headed.

盡管他說的有些觀點我並不同意(我認爲他對問題的分析要強于他提出的解決方案),但作爲一名發展經濟學家,這賦予了他觀察資本主義何去何從的獨到視角。

在把握資本主義精神的問題時,科利爾提出了自己的觀點。如果你對經濟學感興趣,就一定要拿起這本書讀一讀,透過作者獨到的視角,沉澱出自己的體會。

If you're looking for something that's more of a typical summer book, I recommend Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Result. I also can't resist a plug for Melinda's new book The Moment of Lift. I know I'm biased, but it's one of the best books I've read so far this year.

如果你在找夏日特征沒那麽明顯的書,我推薦格雷姆·辛浦生的《羅茜效應》,我也強烈推薦梅琳達的新書《提升的時刻》。我知道這裏面有個人的偏見,但這本書是我今年到目前爲止讀過最好的書了。

 

 

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