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February 8, 2010
Meeting John Irving
禾稚 在 YLib Blog 發表於 1:01:12






( John Irving,  Courtesy of http://www.john-irving.com )


I finally watch John Irving on TV, talking about his recent novel “Last Night in Twisted River”. He is the author of “The World According to Garp”, and one of the American writers that Haruki Murakami (村上春樹) admired the most.

A few years ago, Haruki was invited as a visiting scholar by some famous Universities in USA. During the visit, he specifically went to meet John in person for an intensive and deep discussion on some literature issues. Haruki is also a main translator for John Irving’s novel into Japanese.

In December 2009, John Irving came to Vancouver for the international writers’ festival. He was invited by channel 4, a special channel for interviewing famous professionals, esp. writers, artists, and young businessmen.

When talking about the procedure of finishing his famous novels, John signed: “I’m actually not writing full time, you know, I have a lot of things to do every day, such as children stuff. I only can write after I settled all those things.”(Not the original sentence but approximately)

What did he mean “those things”? I think only those taking care of their kids all the way by themselves, following the western standard, would understand the true meaning of “those things”.

As a parent, first, we have to prepare food for the kids following the nutrition guide from the health department, esp. every weekday lunch, bring them to after school activities, stay with them for bedtime reading, talk and listen to them at their levels, that is, from daycare to elementary to secondary school level.

Second, we need to clean up using a specific cleaning liquid for different area of the house.

In the supermarket, you will see there are many kinds of Lysol, one for dining table, cutting board, one for toilet and tub, one for floor. They all carry the same name with different ingredients. You can not mix different detergent at one time. You need to be clear about the functions of each one. Yes, ingredients catch our attentions whenever we choose our food, detergent, or even utensils such as a food container. At the same time, we also need to educate young ones about all these.

In the food, we have to check all ingredients to avoid those that might cause allergy to our kids, those that could bring in Trans fat, with too much saturate fat, or Vitamin C, etc., those unnatural, preservative and man made.

For bedding, curtains, table cloth, etc., we have to wash them once every other week. There might be some pets cleaning, lawn mowing, house fixing, car repairing, etc.

It is a responsible parent’s mission list, however, if you do not follow, your life would be much simpler and you will have more time on your own business, but children could bare bigger risk at that household.

From the frown lines like train tracks on John’s forehead, I can imagine how busy life he has been leading for the past decades. I think it is beautiful. I also think it is John’s motivation of writing those novels. Only those would like to take children life quality serious would understand the meaning of those lines on his forehead.


 


John Irving作品: The World According to Garp (盖普眼中的世界)

                                   The Cider House Rules

                                   The Hotel New Hampshire

 and more on http://www.john-irving.com





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