假如我是一本書 – 兩周一聚(21)

假如我是一本書,我想做一本神奇的自傳或傳記。

這本神奇的自傳/傳記讓我可以借鑒於別人一生的成功與失敗。

這本神奇的自傳/傳記的部分主人翁包括 – 王安Ray Kroc (auto-bio), Lee Iacocca (auto-bio), 楊振寧, Thomas Watson, Jr. (auto-bio), Bill Gates, 查良鏞, 林思齊Steve Jobs, Kurt Gödel, I. M. Pei, Richard Feynman (bio & books), Louise Arbour (the eagle), Milton & Rose Friedman, James Dyson (auto-bio), Dick Haskayne (auto-bio), Warren Buffett (bio),

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P.S. For my blog friend Haricot, the above list is not meant to be exhaustive nor chosen because of the person’s gender. Over the years, I have also enjoyed biographies of 林語堂Lewis Carroll, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Knew Infinity), … and books like “Out of Their Minds“, and “Founders at Work“.

15 Responses to 假如我是一本書 – 兩周一聚(21)

  1. vince says:

    小時候最喜歡看亞歷山大﹐加里略和李後主的傳記。長大後看傳記的機會較少﹐最近看的一本是 Anderson Cooper 的 Dispatches From The Edge。也想看看查良鏞先生的傳記﹐尤其想知道他三改自己作品﹐跡近自毀長城背後的原因。 :)

    • kempton says:

      傳記 is one of my favourite type of books and then business books.

      Hmmm, “跡近自毀長城背後的原因”? This seems a bit heavy, want to share your view?

  2. hevangel says:

    搞不好能變成Stephy的錯字愛情自傳。

  3. kempton says:

    Since it is a “神奇的” 自傳/傳記, it will fix itself up. :)

    P.S. There are people who “write” an autobiography without writing a single wrote as all they did was hiring a ghost writer. So I am not as harsh as others have been to the poor Stephy.

  4. haricot says:

    I note that other than Rose Friedman, all the people listed are men, and most if not all of them are/were successful corporate types. Somehow, somewhere, something is amissed.

    Here is a different view:

    My youth winged and soared above the earth;

    My soul whispered its dreams amongst the hills.

    I didn’t see it coming, this fallen angel of habit;

    Till it was too late, thirty years hence.

    Ref: http://lotusandcedar.blogspot.com/2007/04/tao-yuan-ming-hermit-poet-return-to.html

  5. kempton says:

    Dear Haricot,

    Nothing is amiss here. Like the types of music or fruits, these subjects are the ones I happen to enjoy. By the way, 9 business people and 8 non-business people, by accident, I am more balanced than I thought. :)

    While I didn’t create the list to be “gender balanced” and “politically correctly”, allow me to take this opportunity to add Ms. Louise Arbour to the above list as she is “a Canadian that I respect deeply” as I wrote here,
    http://kempton.wordpress.com/2009/05/01/louise-arbour-at-crisis-group/
    and spoke highly of here,
    http://kempton.wordpress.com/2008/03/23/louise-arbour-thanks-and-welcome-home/

  6. vince says:

    自由時報記者王凌莉╱台北報導) 將在19日訪台的作家金庸,近期修改小說《天龍八部》情節,修改幅度佔1成,前後歷時3年,動了6次,7校才定稿。

    新版《天龍八部》中「降龍」多了10掌,改為「降龍28掌」;《易筋經》變成「瑜珈術」,結局男女主角段譽和王語嫣並未結成連理。21日晚間,金庸有一場公開和讀者對話的「金庸家族同樂會」,屆時金庸迷也有機會一探尚未出版的新版韋小寶結局。

    《天龍八部》是金庸武俠作品中人物最多元、層次最豐富的小說,其中段譽與王語嫣有情人成眷屬的結局為人樂道,不過,新版情節大逆轉,段譽後來擺脫心魔,娶 3個老婆,王語嫣劈腿不成,終究選擇慕容復。而喬峰的摯愛阿朱,在新版雖人死不能復生,但死前得到了喬峰心痛的親吻。此外,消遙派天山童姥、李秋水等人的劈腿4角戀,新版有更多著墨。

    除了「凌波微步」和「一陽指」外,新修訂版最重大的改寫,是「降龍」多了10掌,不過,在故事尾聲,金庸為了銜接《射雕英雄傳》中洪七公的「降龍18掌」,又把28掌合併為18掌。

    遠流發行人王榮文表示,金庸全集目前還有《笑傲江湖》、《鹿鼎記》還沒修訂完成,預計明年8月會出版。這次金庸來訪除了參加遠流30週年慶外,也同步為新版《天龍八部》造勢。

    他說,為了推廣閱讀也將與銀行推出金庸卡,在推廣金庸小說之餘,也希望推廣閱讀與文化消費,金庸也成為第一個與信用卡結合的作家。

  7. kempton says:

    Hi Vince,

    Thanks for leaving the news as comment.

    Have you read any of these new editions? I don’t have access to a HK library or bookstore with these new editions. I am curious to hear first hand experience of people who have read of these changes.

  8. vince says:

    Personally when I heard about 降龍二十八掌, I knew I would not want to read the so-called new edition. Perhaps, driven by some dogmatic urges, ensuring consistency between 天龍八部 and 射鵰 appeared to be a paramount issue, I just could not understand why fixing something when it wasn’t broken. However, I am curious to find out what prompted the author to turn out these new editions?

    Most of the first hand experiences I have encountered were simply disappointment.

  9. kempton says:

    Hi Vince,

    Thanks for sharing your views here. I will see for myself next time I have a chance to flip through a few pages. I’ve read through the old editions more than once so it may be a disappointing experiences for me too to read, “金庸說:「韋小寶不值得孩子們學習,我想通過修改《鹿鼎記》讓韋小寶受點教訓。」”

    http://paper.wenweipo.com/2005/12/18/NS0512180001.htm

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  11. 火羽 says:

    降龍二十八掌, 完全唔型~
    越改越唔想睇… sorry 查大俠

  12. kempton says:

    So may be my old editions will worth some money now. :)

    火羽, for the new readers, they won’t have the old editions to compare to as the new ones will be the only version they know (unless they look up the old editions).

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