Love x Style x Life_ Garance Doré

2016 Jul. 23 23

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Love x Style x Life

Garance Doré

Simon & Schuster

‘Knowing yourself is knowing the distance between your dream self and your real self.’

這是法國時尚部落客、攝影師、插畫家Garance Doré的自傳性質散文集。

其實我並不排斥部落客出書,出版畢竟是商業行為,部落客的影響力確實能反應在銷售數字上。必須要思考的是除了名氣之外,如何能做出其他的價值。

我覺得這本Love × Style × Life是很成功的例子。它是非常典型的coffee table book,就是家裡有人來作客時會特別從書架上抽出來擺在顯眼地方的那種漂亮書。整本書質感真的很好,設計性也很強,封面有燙金首先就加三分。另外因為收錄了許多作者自己的攝影作品,所以採用高磅數的亮面紙(這幾個用詞有待商榷,看看就好),再搭配上大膽的用色、字型變化和雜誌般的排版方式,本身就是一件藝術品,很難相信這是一本部落客書。我原本並不認識Garance Doré,因為被它的質感吸引,進而認識了這位幽默又優雅的部落客。是一件出版社、作者雙贏的作品。

文字的部分沒有太令人驚艷,書名大致就可以解釋其內容,敘述上相當口語,適合平常沒有閱讀習慣但喜歡瀏覽部落格文章的讀者。喜歡它坦率直白的口吻,雖然整本書法國味還是很重,但至少它沒有一味的推崇或把這種氛圍夢幻化,少了做作感,讀者接受度便相對提升。

這本書中文版《愛啊×美啊×人生啊》由平安文化出版,已經上市一段時間了,今天去誠品看還在露面擺放的位置。不過因為做的是Co-edition(即與原版僅有語言不同),排版方式是相同的,而(我自己覺得)中文書並不適合雜誌式的排版(即把一頁分割成數個欄位)。在出版社字體大小選擇又偏大的情況下,句子被切得太零碎,閱讀流暢度實在不太優。另外,我稍微翻了一下,整本都是新細名體慘不忍睹啊🙈,英文版利用不同的字型傳遞不同的訊息,組合在一起一點也不雜亂,反而有股時尚感(好啦其實我不懂時尚)。總之如果有考慮買這本書的人,真心推薦多花一點錢買原文,價格有差,質感也有差。

preface. I’ve tried to hold onto my French-ness by celebrating my imperfections and savoring my daily glass of red wine, while embracing that wonderful, empowering New York swagger. Being a French woman with an incorrigible sense of irony-but also letting myself get taken by the American dream. And realizing along the way that no matter what city we’re in, we all want the same thing. / We want love. We want to fell beautiful. We want to be good friends, good partners, good sisters, good daughters. We want to know how to never buy the wrong pair of shoes again. […] We want to feel fulfilled by the work that we do, whatever that work may be.  / Most of all, we want to find our place in this world.

p.83 This is how my story began. A computer, a name, and a dream. / And an infinite dose of energy, bubbling up after years of failure and frustration.

p.121 My beautiful sister managed to become a deeply profound, strong woman in spite of the false dreams people threw at her.

p.236 Some lessons can’t be taught. You have to experience them.

p.255 Oh, and I met someone the other day… And that will probably be a new chapter with so many new love lessons. I hope it will last forever, but maybe it will be just a few days, and it will be great either way. Because you never stop learning about love. Love is joy, pain, surrender, laughter, pleasure. Love is chemistry. Love is one’s life’s greatest adventures.

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