飞氈 (Flying carpet)

又重看了西西的 《飞氈》。 每次重翻 《飞氈》, 都会找到西西不经意的温馨。

虽然《飞氈》是说肥土镇变迁的故事, 在全球化的今天, 故事却在每一个发展中国家的角落发生。

如果你是西西迷的话, 会发现城市的变迁的情节, 和《我城》很相似。 不过描写加了马奎斯( Gabriel García Márquez) 的魔幻因素。 但是西西的魔幻, 却用上了中国化的“缘”。

西西在一本书说过 : ”你问我愁有多少画, 我说我们应该努力忘记这个字” ,任何令人伤感的情景, 西西都会加上魔幻来冲谈它, 来作为转变的契子。
举几个例子 :
叶重生是在一宗火灾之后, 戏剧性的嫁给花初三。 但是叶重生却是在另一宗火灾, 戏剧性的失去了丈夫。 而花初三离开后, 叶重生就成了喜欢在自己的房间里纵火的人. 叶重生在点火的时候说, “我知道你会来救我的”。 虽然叶重生后来成了“火牡丹”,当故事中的火灾都避免描写伤亡。 当叶重生第二次烧掉阁楼的时候, 就是乘了花里爸爸的飞毯, 和女儿逃出火场的。

而从突厥国来的 小花里爸爸 如何认识叶重生一家人, 和花艳颜 (叶重生的女儿)一起长大, 是缘份。 连是老掉牙的重逢, 也用上了缘份。 而传说有狐仙的房子, Jiu叫”仙缘居”。

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翻过来看马来西亚, 我们应该更有条件写出更同样的故事, 连贯 13 州属的故事。 可是我们连一个少过一百万人口的首府, 连 八十年历史的建筑都去而快之

还是拍照去。

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“Flying carpet” is a story written by Hong Kong writer “XiXi”. It talk about the transition for “Flying earth town” through Hua(flower in mandarin) family. Reader will notice the “Flying earth town” resemble many factors of Hong Kong. But due to globalisation, the town transition can be applied to any develop country.

There is trace of Gabriel García Márquez magical and illusive in Flying carpet. But what XiXi has put in the “Chinese” factor : “Yuan”(缘), reason for all the cause and consequences.

The story also bring out the message of history preservation.

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It is rather sad for a country that independent for almost 50 year but fail to produce a modern literature about the country. The modern Malaysia literature is almost non-existent. It seems it is going through some form of intentioanly “history black out”. For example, the 80 years old Bok just turn in to rubbles recently.

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