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Post time 2012-6-14 14:31:30 |Display all floors
我说的这本书可能版本非常多,它叫《十万个为什么》,第一次看到这本书是在小学一年级,大概就是1991年的时候。是一个家庭比较富裕的同学的,后来就送给我了,后来我才知道这只是一套书中的一本,现在我已经不记得它是哪个系列的了,但根据我看的内容,估计是自然科学方面的。它简直是我的宝贝,我们那个地方很落后,没有书店,能看到这样的一本书简直是上天给我的恩惠。它很厚,大概五百来页,但里面的每一个问题我都看过,它开启了我对世界的好奇,满足了我对知识的渴求,那是第一次让我觉得读书是个快乐的事。这本书没有插图,全是文字,通过字典的帮助,我从中得到了快乐!在上了初中之后,有一次在学校里,新华书店举行了“下乡送图书”活动,旧书部分特别便宜,我平时省的生活费派上用场了,我一气买了四五本,一块钱一本,是青少年科谱读物系列的。它们一下子又把我童年的《十万个为什么》的记忆唤醒了,因为里面好多的知识都是《十万个为什么》的延续和加深。因为儿时看的这本《十万个为什么》,让我对科谱读物特别有好感,真是让我爱不释手,有讲天体物理学的,酶(生物学),低温,电磁学等等。徜徉在知识的海洋中,让我觉得无比的幸福。虽然我最爱的天体物理没有成为我的专业和工作,但这些优秀的读物带给我了一生中最美好的时光,这就足够了。

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Post time 2012-6-15 09:49:35 |Display all floors
without expounding on theories,just as simple as natural,it's the revelation of true feelings and it's the first picture--story book i read, in chinese it's called 猎狗果宾。it told about a sad story,but why the feeling of sadness in my brain have been lasting,now i understood,the empathy works.empathy makes all of us the earth--fellows.comedy causes joy temporarily,but tragedy maks us think more seriously.under heaven there is no such kind of feast without having ending,so when we understand the oringin of tragedy ,discern tragedy is something permeates all parts of life,then we can live a calm life.

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Post time 2012-6-15 14:45:03 |Display all floors
DSseeing Post time: 2012-6-14 10:03

good recommendation.

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Post time 2012-6-15 14:45:27 |Display all floors
naturekzw Post time: 2012-6-14 14:31
我说的这本书可能版本非常多,它叫《十万个为什么》,第一次看到这本书是在小学一年级,大概就是1991年的时 ...

那这本书对你的人生选择有影响吗?

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Post time 2012-6-15 14:46:58 |Display all floors
My吖min Post time: 2012-6-14 11:32
最近我看的一本书是《狼图腾》。这本书值得一看!说的是文革时期几个北京知青去到额仑草原后,思想,人生观 ...

这本书是曾经的畅销书,每个人都会读到书中不同的东西。你有收获就说明它是本好书。

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Post time 2012-6-16 00:38:16 |Display all floors
We of the Never Never - Mrs Aeneas Gunn.

Where do you start to describe a book like "We of the Never Never", firstly it's an autobiographical novel, the incidents happened in a part of Australia known as the "Never Never" which is roughly the part of the Northern Territory from Katherine to the South Australian border and between Western Australia and Queensland, it's a vast area with fairly sparse vegetation and in the northern area torrential rains each wet season. It's called the "never never" because once you've been there you'll either never never want to leave or you'll never never want to return.

The story is set in 1902, the year that Jeannie Gunn and her husband Aeneas arrived at the Elsey cattle station which was near the Roper River, about 300km south of modern Darwin. The authoress' writing style is simple, clean and lucid, and the readers are left with a clear understanding of life on the edge during 1902~3.

The story opens up with a quite funny account of things that were said about her and her husband via the overland telegraph from Adelaide to Darwin, and the debate over what sort of wife the boss had married along with ways to stop her from going to the station.  Back then cattle station life was very harsh and the men didn't want the liability of a woman around, to say nothing of the social problems it would cause with having to be polite and not getting drunk etc.  

Once they arrived at the station proper (one room) she discovered the true joys of living in the bush, endless mosquitoes, flies so thick they sat like carpet on your body, heat and then more heat. Water shortages, running out of essential items like tea and there being no shop except for nearly a weeks journey away at the local pub at The Katherine. Food and supplies were brought in once a year by wagon from the rail which ended about halfway between Darwin and The Katherine.

Most of the book centres around "educating the missus", that is teaching her the ways of the bush and how to survive in the Never Never. The cast of characters in the book is quite small but each is lovingly drawn and very detailed and the characters resolve in to wonderfully complex characters who have their own weaknesses and strengths, good and bad sides.  The Sanguine Scot, "The Dandy" a stockman who liked his clothes cleaned and ironed and who was fastidious about personal hyegine, to Ah Cheon, the Chinese station cook, and the poor Ken Lee another Chinese cook who died from illness during the Chinese New Year in 1903 while travelling from Darwin to Daly waters to take up the post of station cook.

Some sections of the book are quite funny, the description of Cheon chasing chickens and some of his Chinglish expressions are truly a treat and offer great insight in to the man and the fact that he was highly talented and a long long way from home. Another famous character was The Fizzer, the mailman, he delivered the mail every 6 weeks on a mail run that stretched the better part of 1600km, and he was punctual to the hour! Sadly like many in this book he died a few years later in a flood while crossing a river delivering the mail. Several of the other stockmen died of thirst in the desert while the carpenter died a few meters from water!

The book ends in 1903 when her husband died from Malarial dysentery. She returned to Melbourne and wrote the book which was first published in 1908.

For me this book was quite an eye opener, many older Australians had read the book yet I managed to never read it until my early 30s. I'd been to the old Elsey station, and seen the graves of many of the characters in the book and this prompted me to read the book and I will admit reading it was quite emotional as many years a go I lost a couple of friends who perished in the outback. It also prompted me to do some research about who the graves all wound up in the same place, and that was quite a story too. After the research I was left with one big question, what happened to Ah Cheon? I know he went back to China and he was in touch with Jeannie Gunn until around 1931 and then he too stopped corresponding, one can only assume he died or was invalided, but what of his children and family? I wish I knew what happened and are any of his descendant still alive today?

Ah Cheon.jpg

Ah Cheon, 1922.
Per Ardua Ad Astra

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Post time 2012-6-18 10:19:22 |Display all floors
How many books can we read through our life?

A drop in the ocean...
Heavens bless you & me!

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