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英语新闻:《荆棘鸟》作者去世

2015-01-30    来源:网络    【      美国外教 在线口语培训

Colleen McCullough, The Thorn Birds author, dies at 77
英语新闻:《荆棘鸟》作者去世


1月29日下午,《荆棘鸟》的作者、澳大利亚著名作家考琳·麦卡洛因肾衰竭在澳大利亚诺福克岛的医院去世, 享年77岁。

有一个传说,说的是有那么一只鸟儿,它一生只唱一次,那歌声比世上所有一切生灵的歌声都更加优美动听。从离开巢窝的那一刻起,他就在寻找着荆棘树,直到如 愿以偿,才歇息下来。然后,它把自己的身体扎进最长、最尖的荆棘上,便在那荒蛮的枝条之间放开了歌喉。在奄奄一息的时刻,它超脱了自身的痛苦,而那歌声竟 然使云雀和夜莺都黯然失色。这是一曲无比美好的歌,曲终而命竭。然而,整个世界都在静静地谛听着,上帝也在苍穹中微笑。因为最美好的东西只能用最深痛的巨 创来换取... ...

这是小说《荆棘鸟》最著名的开头,“无法得到的爱情,永远禁止的……荆棘鸟”。在小说里,年轻的梅吉爱上了神父拉尔夫,而神父在他对梅吉的爱情和对教会的忠诚之间痛苦徘徊。

Australian author Colleen McCullough, whose best-selling novel The Thorn Birds became a hit TV series, has died at the age of 77.

The best-selling writer died in hospital on Norfolk Island on Thursday afternoon, publisher HarperCollins Australia confirmed.

McCullough had suffered poor health in recent years, losing her sight and suffering crippling arthritis.

However, she continued her writing through dictation.

Shona Martyn, of Harper Collins Australia, paid tribute to McCullough, citing her as "one of the first Australian writers to succeed on the world stage".

"Ever quick-witted and direct, we looked forward to her visits from Norfolk Island and the arrival of each new manuscript, delivered in hard copy, in custom-made maroon manuscript boxes inscribed with her name," said Martyn.

"The world is a less colourful place without Col."



Australian broadcaster Richard Glover tweeted: "RIP Colleen McCullough. I can't think of anyone who took such a miserable childhood and turned [it] into a life of such luminous achievement."

Author Tara Moss tweeted: "So sad to hear of the passing of Colleen McCullough. She was fierce, funny and so supportive of other writers. Irreplaceable. RIP Colleen."

McCullough wrote 25 novels throughout her career.

She penned her first book, Tim, while living in America. It was later made into a 1979 film starring Mel Gibson.

Her second novel, 1977's The Thorn Birds, became an international bestseller.

A story of forbidden love between a young woman and a priest in the Australian outback, the paperback rights sold for a then-record $1.9 million (£1.25m).

It was turned into a popular television mini-series in 1983, starring Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward.

Her last book, Bittersweet, was published in 2013.

McCullough was born in Wellington, New South Wales and spent most of her early life in Sydney.

Before turning to writing, she studied medicine both in Australia and overseas, establishing the neurophysiology department at the Royal North Shore hospital in Sydney.

She went on to spend 10 years as a researcher at Yale medical school in the US.

The author leaves behind husband Ric Robinson.

"Colleen McCullough's contribution to Australian writing - and to readers around the world - has been immense," said Martyn.

"We will miss her dearly."(英语原文来自BBC)


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