《一间自己的房间》A Room of One's Own
In A Room of One's Own, Virginia Woolf imagines that Shakespeare had a sister—a sister equal to Shakespeare in talent, and equal in genius, but who never writes a word and dies by her own hand, her genius unexpressed. If only she had found the means to create, argues Woolf, she would have reached the same heights as her immortal sibling.
Her message is a simple one: women must have a fixed income and a room of their own in order to have the freedom to create.
▷A woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write fiction.
▷Lock up your libraries if you like; but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind.
Louisa May Alcott
Little Women tells the story of four sisters growing up in poverty in Civil War-era New England. From their creativity-filled childhood to their pursuits in adulthood, Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy consistently demonstrate inner strength and a refreshing, inspiring vitality.
▷I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.
《杀死一只知更鸟》To Kill a Mockingbird
Through the eyes of a young girl, Harper Lee explores with exuberant humour the irrationality of adult attitudes to race and class in the Deep South of the thirties.
Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, the novel takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos.
▷You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.
▷The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.
《一辈子做女孩》Eat, Pray, Love
This beautifully written, heartfelt memoir touched a nerve among both readers and reviewers. Elizabeth Gilbert tells how she made the difficult choice to leave behind all the trappings of modern American success (marriage, house in the country, career) and find, instead, what she truly wanted from life.
It’s easy to give this memoir a hard time for being self-indulgent and unrealistic — but there is something here that speaks to women and encourages them not to settle for less.
▷People think a soul mate is your perfect fit, and that's what everyone wants. But a true soul mate is a mirror, the person who shows you everything that is holding you back, the person who brings you to your own attention so you can change your life.
《我是马拉拉》I Am Malala
Not even an assassin’s bullet could keep Malala quiet. Though few thought she would recover, shot in the head by the Taliban when she was just 15, Malala has surpassed all expectations, writing her story and continuing to champion the cause of education for women all all over the world. Malala is inspiration personified.
▷When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.
《心是孤独的猎手》The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Carson McCullers' The Heart is a Lonely Hunter is set in a small Southern town and centers around a group of five misfits who bond over their isolation. Mick Kelly is an adolescent girl who finds comfort in music, and unlike the other four, fights back against her loneliness by searching for beauty, rather than violence or sex or alcohol.
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter has remarkable power, sweep and certainty... Her art suggests a Van Gogh painting peopled with Faulkner figures.
▷Some kind of music was too private to sing in a house cram fall of people. It was funny, too, how lonesome a person could be in a crowded house.
In this eerie Neil Gaiman novel, Coraline's family moves into a new flat, where she discovers a passage to an alternate, mirror universe. While the other world is in many ways better than the original, Coraline eventually realizes that all is not as it seems and that there are children's souls trapped there that she must rescue, along with herself.
▷When you're scared but you still do it anyway , that's brave.
▷“What's your name,' Coraline asked the cat. 'Look, I'm Coraline. Okay?'
'Cats don't have names,' it said.
'No?' said Coraline.
'No,' said the cat. 'Now you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names.”
《灿烂千阳》A Thousand Splendid Suns
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.
The book highlights the beauty and pride in being a woman in spite of a world that is systemically violent and unjust toward women. It also emphasizes the strength that women have in the bonds they share with other women.
▷Miriam is in Laila's own heart, where she shines with the bursting radiance of a thousand splendid suns.