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By David Mitchell引自第93页Many children are natural fantasists, I think, perhaps because their imaginations have yet to be clobbered into submission by experience. The state of childhood resonates with life inside a fantasy novel. If you have no control over how you spend large chunks of your day, or are at the mercy of flawed giant beings, then the desire to bend the lawas of the world by magic is strong and deep. I don't mean that kids can't distinguish fantasy from reality - the playground bully will clarify the matter gratis - but fantasy offers a logic to which kids are receptive, and escapism for which kids are hungry. 引自第93页both fantasy and SF have made inroads into literary fiction and influence even those novels whose imprint logo is reasuringly conservative. 引自第93页Reading, maybe not a lot, other than to nudge me toward books and away from people, which maybe is a lot, after all. As a future writer, however, my stammer was an effective if merciless boot=camp instructor. It trained me to amass a vocabulary flexible and muscular enough to aboid words beginning with stammer-consonanats, and do so on the hoof, before the other person caught on. My stammer also taught me about register - it was no good substituting "autodidact" for "I taught myself" because in a bog-standard state school in 1980s Britain using a word like "autodidact" got you convicted of talking posh, an offense punishable by being hung from iron railings by your underpants. What I didn't know at the time was how linguistic register helps a novelist flesh out charcater and lends authenticity to dialogue or narrated thought. 引自第93页
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