奧巴馬最愛的8本小說
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"Song of Solomon" by Toni Morrison
 
"Song of Solomon" ends up on many to-read book lists because of the author's 1993 Nobel Prize for literature, and because the book itself won the prestigious1 National Book Critics Fiction award in 1977. 
 
Somewhat like the James Joyce classic "Ulysses", this book combines historical elements, free association, and unanswerable questions in the life of its main character. Beginning with a suicide and a black child's birth into a Michigan hospital, Morrison explores the complicated role of black family life, its heritage and its possible future. 
 
"Self-Reliance" by Ralph Waldo Emerson
 
Although essays aren't as popular as when Emerson was alive in the mid-1800's, this essay has become one of the author's most notable achievements. Emerson's philosophy as expressed in "Self-Reliance" embraced a combination of non-conformity to social trends. Also a great believer in the 'light within', Emerson gives continual nods to a divine Providence2 while holding fast to man's inherent goodness, and the necessity of holding to one's own convictions despite the inclinations3 and pressures of the crowd. 
 
"For Whom the Bell Tolls4" by Ernest Hemingway
 
One of Hemingway's most celebrated5 novels, "For Whom the Bell Tolls" is an adventure story of almost mythic proportions. The protagonist6, a teacher named Robert Jordan, finds love and battle in the Spanish Civil War. Pilar, one of the most influential7 and passionate8 characters (though not the love interest), displayed the 'Everyman' fierce peasant spirit and embodied9 the name of the author's fishing vessel10
 
"The Federalist" by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay
 
This book is made of a series of essays on the validity and necessity of the United States Constitution, though it is more commonly referred to as the Federalist Papers. The reasoning behind political phrases in common use today, such as "checks and balances" and "bill of rights", are worked out in 85 numbered works 
 
"The Power and the Glory" by Graham Greene
 
While the main character in Graham Greene's novel "The Power and the Glory" hasn't lived the pure life of Jesus, his experiences while on the run in Mexico provide an eery similarity to his Lord's sufferings. 
 
The nameless priest shows quite human flaws, with a daughter from a past love affair and a current drinking problem, while the antagonistic11 lieutenant12 (an atheist) appears more as a reverse Javier from Les Miserables. Greene personally suffered his way through a two-month research tour in Mexico, according to John Updike's New York Times review in 1990. 
 
"FDR" by Jean Edward Smith
 
While many books have been written about Franklin Delano Roosevelt, focusing on his struggles with polio and foreign policy. FDR's relationships with women, from his strong and confident mother to his secretary (to his love-interest, Lucy) are covered just as well as the Japanese internment13 camps and the dynamics14 of the New Deal. Smith has shown up on the Pulitzer Prize nomination15 list, for a previous work on another former President (Grant). 
 
"The Quiet American" by Graham Greene
 
Partly a mystery, partly a social commentary. Greene's book belongs on mystery, history, and social commentary reading lists. Ostensibly, it's about a love triangle between an American, an Englishman, and an Asian woman. Behind the human tragedy is the tragedy of the French Indochina war, which served as a precursor16 to the Vietnam War. 
 
"Where the Wild Things Are" by Maurice Sendak
 
This illustrated17 adventure book has been making book lists almost since publication. Sendak's classic won the Caldecott Medal in 1964, as the year's Most Distinguished18 Picture Book for children. 
 
Max is a very relatable child who wants to dominate his environment, especially his mother. In a fantasy land of fearsome beasts, he is allowed to tame and conquer the way he would never be allowed to do at home, eventually becoming their honored king after a battle of wills.


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1 prestigious nQ2xn     
adj.有威望的,有聲望的,受尊敬的
參考例句:
  • The young man graduated from a prestigious university.這個年輕人畢業于一所名牌大學。
  • You may even join a prestigious magazine as a contributing editor.甚至可能會加入一個知名雜志做編輯。
2 providence 8tdyh     
n.深謀遠慮,天道,天意;遠見;節約;上帝
參考例句:
  • It is tempting Providence to go in that old boat.乘那艘舊船前往是冒大險。
  • To act as you have done is to fly in the face of Providence.照你的所作所為那樣去行事,是違背上帝的意志的。
3 inclinations 3f0608fe3c993220a0f40364147caa7b     
傾向( inclination的名詞復數 ); 傾斜; 愛好; 斜坡
參考例句:
  • She has artistic inclinations. 她有藝術愛好。
  • I've no inclinations towards life as a doctor. 我的志趣不是行醫。
4 tolls 688e46effdf049725c7b7ccff16b14f3     
(緩慢而有規律的)鐘聲( toll的名詞復數 ); 通行費; 損耗; (戰爭、災難等造成的)毀壞
參考例句:
  • A man collected tolls at the gateway. 一個人在大門口收通行費。
  • The long-distance call tolls amount to quite a sum. 長途電話費數目相當可觀。
5 celebrated iwLzpz     
adj.有名的,聲譽卓著的
參考例句:
  • He was soon one of the most celebrated young painters in England.不久他就成了英格蘭最負盛名的年輕畫家之一。
  • The celebrated violinist was mobbed by the audience.觀眾團團圍住了這位著名的小提琴演奏家。
6 protagonist mBVyN     
n.(思想觀念的)倡導者;主角,主人公
參考例句:
  • The protagonist reforms in the end and avoids his proper punishment.戲劇主角最后改過自新并避免了他應受的懲罰。
  • He is the model for the protagonist in the play.劇本中的主人公就是以他為模特兒創作的!
7 influential l7oxK     
adj.有影響的,有權勢的
參考例句:
  • He always tries to get in with the most influential people.他總是試圖巴結最有影響的人物。
  • He is a very influential man in the government.他在政府中是個很有影響的人物。
8 passionate rLDxd     
adj.熱情的,熱烈的,激昂的,易動情的,易怒的,性情暴躁的
參考例句:
  • He is said to be the most passionate man.據說他是最有激情的人。
  • He is very passionate about the project.他對那個項目非常熱心。
9 embodied 12aaccf12ed540b26a8c02d23d463865     
v.表現( embody的過去式和過去分詞 );象征;包括;包含
參考例句:
  • a politician who embodied the hopes of black youth 代表黑人青年希望的政治家
  • The heroic deeds of him embodied the glorious tradition of the troops. 他的英雄事跡體現了軍隊的光榮傳統。 來自《簡明英漢詞典》
10 vessel 4L1zi     
n.船舶;容器,器皿;管,導管,血管
參考例句:
  • The vessel is fully loaded with cargo for Shanghai.這艘船滿載貨物駛往上海。
  • You should put the water into a vessel.你應該把水裝入容器中。
11 antagonistic pMPyn     
adj.敵對的
參考例句:
  • He is always antagonistic towards new ideas.他對新思想總是持反對態度。
  • They merely stirred in a nervous and wholly antagonistic way.他們只是神經質地,帶著完全敵對情緒地騷動了一下。
12 lieutenant X3GyG     
n.陸軍中尉,海軍上尉;代理官員,副職官員
參考例句:
  • He was promoted to be a lieutenant in the army.他被提升為陸軍中尉。
  • He prevailed on the lieutenant to send in a short note.他說動那個副官,遞上了一張簡短的便條進去。
13 internment rq7zJH     
n.拘留
參考例句:
  • Certainly the recent attacks against the internment camps are evidence enough. 很明顯,最近營地遭受到的攻擊就是一個足好的證明。 來自互聯網
  • The chapters on the internment are Both readaBle and well researched. 這些關于拘留的章節不僅具可讀性而且研究得很透徹。 來自互聯網
14 dynamics NuSzQq     
n.力學,動力學,動力,原動力;動態
參考例句:
  • In order to succeed,you must master complicated knowledge of dynamics.要取得勝利,你必須掌握很復雜的動力學知識。
  • Dynamics is a discipline that cannot be mastered without extensive practice.動力學是一門不做大量習題就不能掌握的學科。
15 nomination BHMxw     
n.提名,任命,提名權
參考例句:
  • John is favourite to get the nomination for club president.約翰最有希望被提名為俱樂部主席。
  • Few people pronounced for his nomination.很少人表示贊成他的提名。
16 precursor rPOx1     
n.先驅者;前輩;前任;預兆;先兆
參考例句:
  • Error is often the precursor of what is correct.錯誤常常是正確的先導。
  • He said that the deal should not be seen as a precursor to a merger.他說該筆交易不應該被看作是合并的前兆。
17 illustrated 2a891807ad5907f0499171bb879a36aa     
adj. 有插圖的,列舉的 動詞illustrate的過去式和過去分詞
參考例句:
  • His lecture was illustrated with slides taken during the expedition. 他在講演中使用了探險時拍攝到的幻燈片。
  • The manufacturing Methods: Will be illustrated in the next chapter. 制作方法將在下一章說明。
18 distinguished wu9z3v     
adj.卓越的,杰出的,著名的
參考例句:
  • Elephants are distinguished from other animals by their long noses.大象以其長長的鼻子顯示出與其他動物的不同。
  • A banquet was given in honor of the distinguished guests.宴會是為了向貴賓們致敬而舉行的。
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