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世界图书日:说说书和包的不解之缘 World Book Day: A marriage between books and bags

中国日报网 2018-04-23 13:27



A woman carries a clutch bag designed by Olympia Le-Tan. [Photo/IC]

As April 23 marks World Book Day, it's time to put aside your smart phone and open a book.


Cheaper and lighter, digital books have become many people's choices in the present day. Yet the touch and smell of a paper copy can be irreplaceable.


For lovers of paper books, a nice, strong bag is a must-have.


Among the ways to carry books in ancient China, there was a kind of bamboo box.


Xuan Zang, a noted Buddhist monk from the Tang Dynasty (618-907), carried such a box during his journey to India.


Similar box to carry books also appeared in the 1987 film, A Chinese Ghost Story, a remake of the 1960 original movie with the same title.


Leslie Cheung plays Ning Caichen, shouldering a bamboo box to carry books in the 1987 film A Chinese Ghost Story. [Photo/Mtime]

Compared to the ancients, modern people have more choices to carry books. School bags that look like suitcases are pretty popular among elementary school students in China.


If you see a little girl pulling a bright pink suitcase printed with cartoon characters on the street in the morning, don't be misled by her bag.


A student carries her school bag that looks like a suitcase in Anhui province, May 8, 2017. [Photo/IC]

She is not going on vacation alone; she is just on her way to school.


Such a school bag seems a bit of an exaggeration, yet can ease the burden on young children's shoulders from carrying heavy text books.


Bags for adults to carry books are assorted, and some are even like a book itself.


French designer Olympia Le-Tan created a series of clutch bags that have the very look of classic book facsimiles in 2009.


Actress Natalie Portman carries a clutch bag designed by Olympia Le-Tan. [Photo/IC]

The clutches won the love of many celebrities and fashion pioneers, appearing on the red carpet and high street.


And jane bags by Gabriela Hearst shone at the 2018 autumn winter fashion shows. The special shape of the new designs was inspired by the pages of an open book.


A woman carries a jane bag by Gabriela Hearst. [Photo/IC]

Despite the colorful bags, the books in them are more important.




1. The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan (1678)

《天路历程》(1678年),约翰·班扬 著

A story of a man in search of truth told with the simple clarity and beauty of Bunyan’s prose make this the ultimate English classic.



2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

《鲁滨逊漂流记》(1719年),丹尼尔·笛福 著

By the end of the 19th century, no book in English literary history had enjoyed more editions, spin-offs and translations.



3. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

《格列佛游记》(1726年),乔纳森·斯威夫特 著

A satirical masterpiece that’s never been out of print, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels comes third in our list of the best novels written in English.



4. Clarissa by Samuel Richardson (1748)

《克拉丽莎》(1748年),塞缪尔·理查德森 著

Clarissa is a tragic heroine, pressured by her unscrupulous nouveau-riche family to marry a wealthy man she detests, in the book that Samuel Johnson described as “the first book in the world for the knowledge it displays of the human heart.”



5. Tom Jones by Henry Fielding (1749)

《汤姆·琼斯》(1749年),亨利·菲尔丁 著

Tom Jones is a classic English novel that captures the spirit of its age and whose famous characters have come to represent Augustan society.



6. The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman by Laurence Sterne (1759)

《项狄传》(1759年),劳伦斯·斯特恩 著

Laurence Sterne’s vivid novel caused delight and consternation when it first appeared and has lost little of its original bite.



7. Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

《爱玛》(1816年),简·奥斯汀 著

Jane Austen’s Emma is her masterpiece, mixing the sparkle of her early books with a deep sensibility.



8. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (1818)

《弗兰肯斯坦》(1818年),玛丽·雪莱 著

Mary Shelley’s first novel has been hailed as a masterpiece of horror and the macabre.



9. Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock (1818)

《噩梦隐修院》(1818年),托马斯·拉夫·皮科克 著

The great pleasure of Nightmare Abbey, which was inspired by Thomas Love Peacock’s friendship with Shelley, lies in the delight the author takes in poking fun at the romantic movement.



10. The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

《阿·戈·皮姆的故事》(1838年),埃德加·爱伦·坡 著

Edgar Allan Poe’s only novel – a classic adventure story with supernatural elements – has fascinated and influenced generations of writers.





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