第64回 気楽に読めるおすすめオンライン文書集

一行翻訳コンテスト2012.11.16

■オススメの一冊

『The Best Science Writing Online 2012』
(Bora Zivkovic編、 Jennifer Ouellette編)

では今月の1冊目。「The Best Science Writing Online 2012」から。これは、オンラインの科学に関する書き物を集めたもので、まあネットで読めばいいじゃないかという意見もあるでしょうが、玉石混淆なのも事実なので、この手の読むに値する文章を集めている本は、それはそれで貴重。ショートショートの小説もそうですが、こういうのはちょっとした時間が空いた時に、さらっと読むのが気楽でいいですね。全部で51のエッセイ(と呼んでおこう)が収録されており、たとえば30番の「Mirror Images: Twins and Identity」(David Manly)はこういう感じ。

Whenever someone finds out I’m an identical twin, one question is always asked: “So, who’s older?”
No matter which one of us is asked, my brother Daniel and I will always repeat the same answer we’ve given hundreds, if not thousands, of times before.
“Our parents never told us,” says Daniel. “We always say that, along with the fact that they read in a book that by telling us which was older, it would give the older one a superiority complex, and the younger child, an inferiority complex. So, we don’t know.”

Most identical twins know who was born first. In fact, as children, we were relentless in attempting to find out, but our parents refused. We asked in every way we could imagine, even pleaded with them to tell. But, the only information we were able to extract was that the time difference between us was only five minutes, and that it really didn’t matter.

範囲は生物学から物理学、一般科学までさまざまです。オンラインの文書なのであまり堅苦しくないから読みやすいと思います。

■オススメの一冊-2

『The Isis Covenant』
(James Douglas)

2冊目は、James Douglasの「The Isis Covenant」。若手の作家ですが、実は歴史作家のダグラス・ジャクソンが別名で書いているらしい。どうもデビュー作の「The doomsday Testament」の続編と買ってから判明。(続編から買ってしまうのが僕らしいんだけど。)そちらはやはりネオナチとラファエロの絵をネタにしたスリラーらしいんですが、未読。で、こちらは同じ主人公、ジェイミー・セントクレアを主人公にした続編とでもいうべき内容で、現在と第二次世界大戦中の事件が両方描かれていく感じです。最初はロンドンとニューヨークでそれぞれ一家惨殺事件が起こり、その謎を追究していくうちに、過去と現在が交錯していきます。ジェイミーとタグを組むタフな女性ダニーもなかなか魅力的です。文章はこんな感じ。

Jamie Saintclair groaned as the alarm on his bedside clock beeped mercilessly. Christ, why did he keep doing this to himself? He rolled over and fumbled for the button. Don’t snooze. If you snooze, you’ll never get up. He forced himself out of bed. Sarah would have been up by now, bouncing about like a demented rubber ball and getting dressed in her running gear. He liked to move at a more sedate pace. No Sarah. Not for three months. Off back to the Land of the Free to find herself. At least that’s what she’d said. He struggled into his Lycra shorts – not cold enough for the long johns yet – grabbed his T-shirt. It was the one with Picasso’s Guernica on it that he’d picked up at the museum in Madrid for nine euros – five minutes later he’d seen it in a back-street shop for three. Running shoes, Nike, but in need of replacement. Not quite awake, but ready.

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