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單車失竊記

故事從失蹤了二十年的父親及一輛幸福牌腳踏車說起。「我」的父親失蹤於一九九三年中華商場被拆的隔天。一天我在翻閱家族相簿時,一張陌生人和一輛熟悉腳踏車的照片觸動了我想追尋父親及失蹤多年的幸福牌腳踏車的決心,而一個讀者的來信則讓那輛腳踏車從虛構小說進入現實⋯⋯「我」藉由收集各種幸福牌腳踏車的機會,認識了喜愛收藏舊貨的阿布、酷愛古董腳踏車的小夏,以及放有那輛酷似父親幸福牌腳踏車的咖啡店店主、熱愛攝影的鄒族青年阿巴斯。透過阿巴斯父親的錄音帶,一場人們與動物、森林同遭傷害的戰爭重現眼前⋯⋯...

Title : 單車失竊記
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ISBN : 9789863442448
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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單車失竊記 Reviews

  • Fran
    2019-06-19 05:31

    In 1905 Taiwan, owning a bike was like owning a Mercedes. Simple farmers and fishermen coveted a bicycle to call their own, a thih-be (an iron horse) that would carry their harvest or fish to market. Bikes were precious. The theft of an iron horse was reported in the local newspaper. Religious villagers prayed to the Holy King for the safe return of an iron steed. The narrator, Ch'eng, describes the disappearance of his father and his bike in 1993, the day after Chung-Shan Hall Market was torn down. What happened to Ch'eng's father? No body was recovered, therefore, Ch'eng embarks upon a journey to trace the bike's trajectory, find the bike, and perhaps discover why his father disappeared 20 years ago.What type of bike did Ch'eng's father own? Rattling off brands to his mother, she seemed to remember the name Lucky, a brand produced in Taiwan. "Ride your way to Luck", as the slogan goes. As a young child, Ch'eng was able to view and feel the imprint of serial number #04886 on the tube of the bike's frame. If it could be located, what a find it would be, to sit upon and ride the last bike owned by his father.In his quest to find the specific iron horse and map out its ownership, Ch'eng received anecdotal information and stories from bike aficionados and others who came in contact with war bicycles. He learned about the dependence on bikes during World War II, the secret world of butterfly collages, the treatment of jungle and zoo animals, as well as the art of antique bicycle collecting. The bike in question, a Lucky Double Tube War Bike was one that could have been used by the Silverheels, a Special Operations Force that focused on long distance and/or jungle riding. Hooks mounted on the back of the bike were used to mount a rifle. A bike could last fifty years or more. In days of old, a man's most cherished possession was his thih-be (war horse). Ch'eng wanted to find Lucky Bike #04886 and restore it using original parts. Rust would be removed, but the scrapes, scratches and dings on the bike denote its character and help tell its story."The Stolen Bicycle" by Wu Ming-yi is a factual story, within a fictional framework, for a lost bicycle. The dependence upon iron horses during World War II is explained in detail. The cost of war on Asian elephants and zoo animals is disturbing. Antique bike collectors and their world come to life as well. Wu has crafted an enlightening tome centering on a Lucky bicycle as a vehicle for trying to find closure for a father's disappearance.Thank you Text Publishing UK and Net Galley for the opportunity to read and review "The Stolen Bicycle".

  • PattyMacDotComma
    2019-06-05 00:33

    I would have enjoyed reading some of this as separate stories, but because I found it so disjointed, running off on long targets about different topics, I didn’t finish it. The writing and translation are good, although I had trouble with the names, which is my problem, not the author’s I hasten to say!I admit to getting confused about whose story was whose and whether the author was speaking about himself or actually relating someone else’s story. This takes place in Taiwan, formerly Formosa, and having a bicycle was something a family saved for. It was also a status symbol and used for everything, work, freight, shopping, taking family to the doctor.The narrator’s father left the family years ago and took the bicycle, so he gets a notion to track it down. When he thinks he has, he then considers tracing its history, maybe leading back to some explanation about his father’s disappearance.“Maybe you can’t trace your way from a river back to the rain or reconstruct a house from a heap of rubble, but after seeing that bicycle I couldn’t help thinking that if it had a buyer, it must have had a seller. It must have had an owner, and a previous owner. This idea was like a tiny flame that flickered in the wind but did not go out.”The characters he meets on his quest are interesting, and the descriptions of family life and relationships were very enjoyable. I also got some idea of what it must have been like coming out from under Japanese rule. Everything considered to be of quality, including bikes, is Japanese. One of the main characters is Abbas, and we hear an amazing tale of his exploits with an old man called old Tsou, which is also the name of a region of Taiwan and also the name of a language. No wonder I got confused.But there are so many lengthy, involved discussions about bicycle development and culture and others about butterflies and butterfly collage, that I started skimming. Some of these came from a long, peculiar email exchange with a woman. Then there were some older stories supposedly found and transcribed from old tapes that were recorded in a mix of languages.All in all, it would be a treat for someone interested in Taiwan and the culture, and if they had a passion for old bikes, even better!For me, it ended up as too much of a probably-good thing, but a Did Not Finish after reading about a third. I think NetGalley and Text Publishing for providing a review copy from which I’ve quoted.

  • Karen Mace
    2019-06-21 22:33

    This is an unusual, but fascinating story - a mix of fact and fiction beautifully woven together by the author as the search for his father, who disappeared 20 years ago, through the medium of the bicycle his father disappeared on. He thinks that if he can track down the bicycle, he might be able to find out why his father upped and left the family so long ago.What follows is a highly detailed book describing the family, their upbringing and the importance of the humble bicycle 'the iron horse' to many families - how it helped in day to day life, the use of bikes during the war and the connection people attached to such items.The author uses so many engrossing layers to his story, through people he meets on his search and how the stories they told showed connections to bikes and their own journeys. It looks back at life during wars, the power of photography, the importance of elephants to name a few - and my favourite being a focus on the Karen tribe! A lot of stories could have felt very 'wordy' or overdone with so many topics introduced throughout, but as this is such a gentle book the story never feels bogged down and flows beautifully.It's a story of overcoming loss, of how we attach great importance to simple objects and looks back at some shocking childhood memories and how the quest in searching for his father allows him to start questioning so much he encounters and allows him to learn and fill that void that is missing.It is no surprise to see how central the use of bicycles were and are to so many, especially in this part of the world and I loved reading the touching stories from the surrounding characters who would open up to him when he tried to trace a certain bike and showed the importance of connecting with people one on one to hear the stories which would have otherwise gone untold.Definitely something a little out of the ordinary and a truly captivating story that I'm very glad to have read.thank you to netgalley and the publishers for the e-copy in return for a fair and honest review.

  • Stephanie Jane (Literary Flits)
    2019-05-29 06:40

    See more of my book reviews on my blog, Literary FlitsThe Stolen Bicycle is the first Taiwanese book I have read and I expected it to have a Chinese feel to it. I didn't previously know that Taiwan had been under Japanese control for fifty years until 1945 and, for me, I felt more of a style affinity to Japanese literature. Author Wu and his imagined protagonist Cheng overlap in several of their interests. Given that The Stolen Bicycle is mainly narrated in the first person by Cheng, this makes it impossible to differentiate between Cheng's fictional life and Wu's real life. I liked this duality and the sense of authenticity it brought to the novel.I wondered if the story had initially started out as several stories which were later intertwined into one work. In tracing the story of Cheng's father's missing bicycle we spend time in present-day Taiwan, but also journey back to the Second World War and across to Malaysia and Myanmar. Wu has Cheng explain the history of bicycle manufacturing in Taiwan and Japanese bicycle army regiments. Other characters discuss intricate butterfly handicrafts or talk in depth about particular zoo animals, their wartime experiences, or their exploration of grotesque underwater scenes. The narrative jumps between different people's points of view by way of speech, emails and letters and, especially at the beginning of the book, I did lose track of whose story was foremost and what their connection was to the bicycle.The Stolen Bicycle has a mystical atmosphere to it. Certain scenes seem unbelievable, but were perhaps true; others start out in mundane detail and gradually become more fantastic. I'm still not sure I know the truth of what happened to Cheng's father, but I enjoyed losing myself in Taiwanese history and piecing together the lost bicycle years.

  • Text Publishing
    2019-06-14 23:50

    ‘Unusual insights and vividly observed detail abound in this witty and sensitive story.’Toowoomba Chronicle‘A work of astonishing energy, in which Wu beautifully touches on loss, life and death, fate and destiny, establishing emotional connections between memory and objects, and between the natural world and war...a novel that provides comfort and reconciliation from a wounded past.’Thinking Taiwan‘The novel, inspired by his love for bicycles and Taiwanese history, brings readers back to a simpler time when life moved more slowly and people spent more time face-to-face with friends and neighbors. Riding a bike allowed people to appreciate and digest the details of the world around them.’Taipei Times‘A profoundly moving novel, such is the power of words and depth of feeling by Taiwanese author Wu Ming-Yi…He turns events into linguistic gold with his poetic, dreamlike language.’Good Reading‘A visionary ride through flame-scorched lands and machine-clutching trees and metamorphoses into metal and earth…“World is crazier and more of it than we think,/Incorrigibly plural”, Louis MacNeice wrote…Multiply that by 10 or so and you get some sense of Wu’s astonishing, often-affecting kaleidoscope.’NZ Listener

  • Mandy
    2019-05-28 00:44

    The book opens with Cheng deciding to track down his father who disappeared 20 years previously – along with his bicycle. He thinks that if he can find the bicycle he will be able to discover the truth about his father. This apparently simple premise is the starting point for a multi-layered and wide-ranging novel that takes in Taiwan’s history, the Japanese occupation, the war in Malaysia and Myanmar as well as in Taiwan itself, and a wealth of characters and their stories. From the present-day in Taiwan we jump backwards and forwards in time and from character to character but somehow the author manages to keep control of his material and weave it all together into a coherent narrative. The bicycle features prominently in the book, from the Taiwanese bicycle industry to the bicycle regiments of the Japanese army during the war to fanatical vintage bicycle collectors and the place of bicycles in social history. We learn too about the butterfly industry, butterfly handicrafts and the amazing butterfly collages that were famous in Taiwan and nearly wiped out the butterfly population. Then there’s the fate of the zoo animals during the war. And much more. So much to discover and learn about in this wonderfully compelling memoir/fictional narrative – which mirrors the author’s own life and feels very authentic, in spite of the occasional foray into a bit of magic. It’s an original and impressive novel which covers a lot of ground and opened up a world totally unfamiliar to me and for that alone I enjoyed it. But it’s also a story of love, loss, family and war – and, of course, bicycles. Highly recommended.

  • Jolyon Cheung
    2019-06-22 03:54

    「人類有一天會知道,象和他們一樣理解黑夜、雨季、星象與傷心。當長老母象倒地時,其他的象完全停步,圍繞著牠。牠們用長鼻摩挲著彼此的背,發出不可思議的輕柔低哼聲。夜晚氣溫逆轉,較接近地面處形成較佳的傳音層,那低哼聲因此得以傳到遠方的山谷,而後又嗡嗡迴響回營地。那被放大的、多層次的音響讓一旁的士兵感到悽愴而溫暖,他們體會到了象的傷心,因此也為自己傷心起來。他們想起了遠方的情人與親族、死去的同僚、曾經握著陽具與槍的斷臂,以及不可能再長出來的眼珠。」我跟朋友說,讀吳明益的小說,心要很靜。他問為什麼,我回答,因為他的書很安靜。安靜在,他是如此平白、寬宥地,寫了一部深情的、盪氣迴腸的巨構小說。我對於任何書寫家族史、部落族人、二戰、物事博物誌(這裡是台灣的腳踏車史和捕蝶通史)、庶民面貌、魔幻現實的小說都沒有任何抵抗力。族人的話語,他們對自然的尊崇與感通、森林的遺落的魂靈,與大象不能被其他人聽見的低鳴,都是迷人的故事,虛虛實實,重構再想像,一切源自他的家遺失的一輛幸福牌腳踏車。失去的腳踏車,走過的路,都滿佈泥濘與血。它們肩負的歷史,比我們要多。象也懂得悲傷。牠們和我們一樣,會抬頭看著高掛在夜空的銀輪之月,這樣活著。戰爭的傷,後真相時代的疏離,在吳明益的如夢囈般的喃喃中,溫柔得像一根針一樣,輕刺著。然後我不知不覺地,多多少少像瞭解了一點。吳明益的《單車失竊記》,感傷又浪漫,一部了不起的小說。

  • Shirley
    2019-06-06 22:39

    A beautifully written, magical book that I didn’t want to end. I was totally enchanted by this story of iron horses, love, families, elephants and butterflies set in current day and WW2 South-East Asia. A writer is searching for the much loved bike of his father, which vanished with him some years previously, in the hope that finding it will help solve the mystery of his father’s disappearance. Wu Ming-Yi intertwines magical stories as he puts together the pieces of the puzzle. Outstanding.Many thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read the book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lindz
    2019-06-25 01:51

    This is a real scrapbook of a novel. And I adored it. This book dug into all sorts of untidy corners. From an indepth look at Taiwanese bicycle models, elephants in Myanmar jungle during the World War two, to a lost Father and then to about catching Butterflies. And it is all written with a grace and a simplicity which is beautiful and at times heartbreaking.

  • DawningMoon
    2019-06-04 06:51

    I feel as though this just wasn’t meant for me. On some level the beginning did draw me in in such a whimsical way and the bike notes was rather okay.Perhaps it just wasn’t to my liking the way it was written afterwards and I began to wonder where did it lead me.In the beginning, the narrator is not only believable but I could easily believe him and understand him as well as like him. And that his whimsical attitude did feel rather interesting.But I just didn’t like the format it was written in although detailed about the bicycle but I didn’t find it intriguing nor really enticing to read about. And the war, wasn’t too much of an interest and I did think that I read a repitition of the passage in another form.Overall, I just didn’t like this for the format but otherwise it was enjoyable.

  • Sarah
    2019-06-11 04:40

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️

  • Yu Chao
    2019-06-03 05:53

    好想買一台幸福牌的腳踏車喔!!!

  • Chih-Kang Hsu
    2019-06-16 03:33

    部分真實,部分虛幻的敘事手法,讓讀者很流暢地順著作者的脈絡,藉由"腳踏車"共通點的切入,穿梭在二次大戰、民國四五十年代、緬北叢林、馬來半島、原住民部落、以及懷舊的台北商場間。作品中的每個角色,各有各的故事,這也是最動人之處;在歷史的映照之下,所有的角色,都活生生了起來。

  • 书其
    2019-06-17 05:40

    像是許多戰爭後期的故事在某種機遇下被串在一起。那些人、事、物都寫得非常細膩,是適合慢慢咀嚼的一部小說。

  • Jessica
    2019-06-16 05:47

    「故事總是在你無法得知自己是如何從過去來到現在的此刻而存在,我們一開始往往不懂它們為什麼在時間磨損下仍然冬眠似的在某些地方活存著,但在聆聽時,總覺得它們被喚醒後, 隨著呼吸進入你的身體,像針一樣沿著脊椎鑽進你的腦袋,然後又忽冷忽熱地刺在心上。」One of the most sophisticated novel I have ever read.

  • Wsclai
    2019-06-08 02:51

    It is quite captivating at the beginning but there are too many branches that don't interest me. Honestly, the writing can be more concise so that the pace can be sped up. It's a pity that I don't enjoy this book with such interesting motif.