第57回 ユーモラスな面接考察本&サスペンスの巨匠が手がけたジェームズ・ボンド

一行翻訳コンテスト2012.04.16

■オススメの一冊

『Do You Think You’re clever?』
(John Farndon編)

一冊目はJohn Farndonの「Do You Think You’re clever?」から。これはオックスフォードやケンブリッジの面接で出された質問についての考察。とてもユーモラスであり、また非常に考えさせられる内容でもあります。論より証拠、まずは読んでみてください。

Do you think you’re clever? (Law, Cambridge)

This is really a tormentor of a question! Answer, modestly, ‘no’ and of course the interviewer might take you at your word and deny you a place at Oxbridge where, naturally, only clever people are admitted (so rumour has it). Answer ‘yes’ and you risk suggesting that you are really quite a fool. For a start, the interviewer is bound to be, by virtue of his position (on the other side of the interview) cleverer than you — and by suggesting you might be on his level, you are heading for a fall! And for another thing, anyone who has too much certainty of their own cleverness is unlikely to be wise, or even open enough to learn, which is what, of course, the best students must do.And yet, if you hedge your bets with a non-committal answer, you look like someone who is too vacillating and lacking incisiveness to be an Oxbridge star…

全部で60問収録。問題を読んでから、まず自分で答えを考えてみてから、続きを読むと楽しさが倍増しますよ。

■オススメの一冊-2

『Carte Blanche』
(Jeffery Deaver)

もう一冊はJeffery Deaverの「Carte Blanche」。ディーヴァーといえばリンカーン・ライム・シリーズが有名ですが、今回取り上げたのは、ジェームズ・ボンドに挑戦しているから。そうこれはディーヴァーがイアン・フレミングの007シリーズに取り組んだ新作です。僕ぐらいのおじさんの世代だと、ジェイムズ・ボンドというとショーン・コネリーですが、いまはもう何代目になるんでしょうか。覚えているのはロジャー・ムーアまでかな。翻訳でもそうですが、他人の文体を研究するというのもなかなか勉強になります。

His hand on the dead-man throttle, the driver of the Serbian Rail diesel felt the thrill he always did on this particular stretch of railway, heading north from Belgrade and approaching Novi Sad.

This was the route of the famed Arilberg Orient Express, which ran from Greece through Belgrade and points north from the 1930s until the 1960s. Of course, he was not piloting a glistening Pacific 231 steam locomotive towing elegant mahogany-and-brass dining cars, suites and sleepers, where passengers floated upon vapors of luxury and anticipation. He commanded a battered old thing from America that tugged behind it a string of more or less dependable rolling stock packed snugly with mundane cargo.

But still he felt the thrill of history in every vista that the journey offered, especially as they approached the river, his river.

普段のディーヴァーとはちょっと雰囲気が違いますね。さすがです。こちらも楽しめるはずなのでぜひご一読を。

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