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murrayjames

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Today I finished reading 《致银河》. It is a collection of love letters written by 王小波 and 李银河 in the 1970s.

 

The text is maudlin and schmaltzy. 王小波 misses 李银河. He pines for her and professes his love for her over and over. 李银河 doubts that their love dream can continue indefinitely. Sooner or later they will wake up from this dream, no?

 

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王小波:也许梦是做不了一辈子,那就让它成为真的好了!我和你就要努力进取,永不休止。对事业是这样,对美也是这样。有限的一切都不能让人满足,向无限进军中才能让人满足。无限不可能枯燥啊,好银河。永远会有新东西在我们面前出现的。哥伦布发现了新大陆,哥白尼发现了新宇宙,这是一条光荣的荆棘路……

 

李银河:我非常非常地想你,特别是在紧张工作的间歇。我觉得这世界上好像除了你和工作,什么都不存在了。你也这样想我吗?

 

《致银河》 was an okay read. The letters are romantic, sweet, and unobjectionable. Fans of reading private correspondence and intermittent references to poets like Dante will enjoy this work.

 

Link to 王小波’s 《致银河》(pp. 1692–1718):
https://storage.googleapis.com/google-code-archive-downloads/v2/code.google.com/wangxiaobo/wangxb_xeCJK_20120501.pdf

 

Some statistics:
Characters read this year: 229,620
Characters left to read this year: 770,380
Percent of goal completed: 23.0%

 

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