阅读报告:《轻声说再见》by 松浦弥太郎

是的,又是 Matsuura Yataro san. 真是位有生活智慧的男人。

续《金钱术》里说生活与金钱的关系后,这本书也是说生活,所以我觉得他是一位用心在生活小细节上努力长智慧的人。 

比起优点,其实人的价值更存在于缺点之中。失败不能含糊带过,同时也不应该被遗忘,我认为将失败纪录下来是一件很有趣的事。

《轻声说再见》多记载他多年前在美国流浪的感受,和其它身边的人所感受到的想法,感觉上他人生里真的遇见了很多很有趣并能让他的人格品行更上一层楼的各色人物,像是如今年届七十但是每天写信的美国婆婆伊丽莎白、认为漂亮跟好看并不重要反而把工作做好更重要的女性朋友、被他视为打招呼高手的田中小姐、在美国酒店柜台工作让他温暖的巴比,还有许多许多的人物。

Cover
Cover

我们的身边一定都有这些影响着我们的人物,只是我们并没有停下脚步来思考他们的重要性,和他们带给我们的冲击。也许这些人并不是你最重要、每天在你身边最亲密圈子的人,但是这些人却提供着让我们更长智慧的小环境。

你心里想到谁?

读这本书让我想说’写字’这件事。我很喜欢写字,尤其是提笔写字,一笔一画地写下中文字。可是工作关系我已经以打字为多,但是当我读完一本好书时,我第一件事就是用笔写下阅读感想。我无法用电脑打字写下内心最澎湃的感情,因为我认为中文字的笔画,是为了让人完完全全描述感情而设计的。虽然会写错字,但那是一个不能被取代的情感出口。一个人的字体,能看得见他在写字时的心情是平静还是愤怒,是快乐还是忧伤。电脑打字?如出一侧,何为情感。前一阵子看小侄子写字,感觉他写的不整齐而被我擦掉搞得我们两人都心情不好,后来我回想,其实不喜欢写字的孩子大有人在,连大人也如此,我有何必逼他呢?可是我爱材心切,希望他也能传承我们家爱文字爱写作,多望他将来能成才子,结果才出手太重了。

十几岁时,我好想遇见一本能帮助我快速融入这个世界的书。这样的书,将会成为我浮沉于人生大海的救生圈。救生圈不需要多,一个就够了,它不只能够帮助我免于溺水,同时还能够带领我到正确的彼岸。

《轻声说再见》里喜欢的一篇文章是《做为人生灯塔的一本书》。作者写到他最喜欢和珍惜的一本书《高村光太郎诗集》,在他十几岁时一次无意间买下来这本书,而它开启了他人生对于爱惜书本和阅读的路。他说,高村光太郎教导他应该要同时珍爱最糟和最棒的存在,这两者才是照亮人生道路的明灯。他说到现在只要他觉得彷徨就会把这本诗集拿出来读,《高村光太郎诗集》是他的人生照明灯。

是的,一本书的力量是无限的,只要你用心阅读并打开心怀聆听,书中自有黄金屋。作者说后来很多朋友问他书对于他而言是什么,而松浦弥太郎就说:书本就是我永远的朋友。啊,我多么赞同的一句话。

Inner
Inner

This is a keeper. I think Matsuura Yataro san is such gem. A man with wisdom, and he cares about living a life with great details. He knows just how to draw great inspiration from every single tiny event or people in the daily life, the chores and the conversation.

I can’t seem to find the English translation for this book, so I don’t know what is the official English title for it. Literally from Mandarin, it reads as “Whisper and say goodbye”. 

This book is a collection of his short stories, mainly lessons drawn from people in his life, and these people are hardly his direct family members or in his intimate circle. These are random girls he met in San Francisco, a concierge boy he befriended in the States, a young girl at the bus station and an old lady who loves to write letter. Yes, so it is incredible to know that every one of us meet so many random people everyday, yet perhaps we have never care much about the impact they could bring into our lives. 

If you would like to know more about him, here it is. I lifted this introduction from J’Lit. Or you can just google, he is a celebrated author, and a well-known editor in Japan. 

Yataro Matsuura 松浦弥太郎

Yataro Matsuura (1965–)  was born in Tokyo. He dropped out of high school to go to the United States, where he frequented bookstores and developed a deep interest in photo and art books as well as antiquarian books. Returning to Japan, he established M & Co. Booksellers in 1992, specializing in the sale of old magazines. In 2000 he started M & Co. Traveling Booksellers, selling books from a specially outfitted truck, and in 2002 he opened Cow Books in Nakameguro, a popular bookstore with freedom as its theme. Besides being a bookseller, he has been active as an editor, translator, and writer in his own right. He became editor-in-chief of the magazine Kurashi no techo (Notebook of Life) in 2006.

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