کتاب راز مزرعه چهار آبگیر

اثر جین وبستر از انتشارات به نگار - مترجم: لیدا صدرالعلمایی-داستان تاریخی

جین وبستر را همه با شاهکار جهانی‌اش «بابا لنگ دراز» می‌شناسند، اما او کتاب‌های درخشان دیگری هم دارد. راز مزرعه‌ی چهارآبگیر تنها اثر وبستر در ژانر وحشت است؛
وکیل دعاوی که به توصیه‌ی پزشکش برای فرار از فشار عصبی و شلوغی به مزرعه‌ی عمویش می‌رود، با حوادث و ماجراهایی مواجه می‌شود که به‌شدت او را درگیر می‌کنند و او تلاش می‌کند راز اتفاق‌های پیش آمده را کشف کند؛
در بخشی از کتاب می‌خوانیم:؛
پزشک قانونی را پیدا کردیم و داستان را برایش گفتیم. او برای کلانتر در مرکز بخش‌داری کینزبورگ پیغام فرستاد. یک دکتر هم خبر کردیم و همراه با سه چهار نفر شاهد به سمت غار راه افتادیم. خبر این اتفاق مثل آتش همه جا پخش شد. نیمی از شهر موری همراه ما راه افتادند. پزشک قانونی با زور مانع ورودشان شد. دو مرد را در ورودی غار مستقر کرد تا مانع ورود جمعیت به داخل غار شود. ترجیح می‌دادم بیرون منتظر بمانم اما احساس می‌کردم بخاطر رادنور وظیفه دارم آن‌جا حاضر باشم. هرکشفی در محل جرم صورت می‌گرفت می‌خواستم اولین کسی باشم که از آن خبردار می‌شود؛
راز مزرعه‌ی چهار آبگیر را لیدا صدرالعلمایی ترجمه کرده است، با بیانی ساده و شیوا و کاملا وفادار به اصل متن؛
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Though this author is best known for her work Daddy Long Legs, it was truly nice to read something a bit different from her.
This is a good old fashioned murder mystery, complete with ghosts and all, and it would definitely keep the reader at the edge of their seat!!!

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None of the spoilers will actually spoil the story. I just dont want them to take up space. Theyre all snippets from the book (which I read here http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21264/...), so if you dont care, just skip past them.

Terry is a really fun character. If I were a guy, he would be goals. He is definitely the younger of the two main characters, and hes willing to put himself out there, go all out when he goes in disguise or on a trail, some crazy adventure - a spontaneous reporter 🙌 we need more of these days. (Also wow where hasnt he been because this guy is going places.)
(view spoiler)[Later he had received a more theoretical training in the University of New York, but I think it was his early education which stuck by him longest, and which, in the end, was probably the more useful of the two. Armed with this equipment, it was inevitable that he should develop into a star reporter. Not only did he write his news in an entertaining form, but he first made the news he wrote about. When any sensational crime had been committed which puzzled the police, Terry had an annoying way of solving the mystery himself, and publishing the full particulars in the Post-Dispatch with the glory blatantly attributed to @our [email protected] The paper was fully aware that Terence K. Patten was an acquisition to its staff. It had sent him on various commissions to various entertaining quarters of the globe, and in the course of his duty he had encountered experiences. One is forced to admit that he was not always fastidious as to the rôle he played. He had cruised about the Mediterranean as assistant cook on a millionaires yacht, and had listened to secrets between meals. He had wandered about the country with a monkey and a hand-organ in search of a peddler he suspected of a crime. He had helped along a revolution in South America, and had gone up in a captive war balloon which had broken loose and floated off. (hide spoiler)]

The narrator, Albert Crosby, is the older, more plodding of the two (30 years old). Hes serious most of the time but has funny ways of looking at things that make his seriousness...well, not so serious. He writes in a lighthearted way I didnt quite expect.
(view spoiler)[I got into the way of lying awake, puzzling over the details, when I should have been sleeping, and that is the sort of work which finishes a man. By the middle of April, when the strain was over, I was as near being a nervous wreck as an ordinarily healthy chap can get. (hide spoiler)]

And together they make up a great team, probably because they have a fantastic friendship.
(view spoiler)[We frequently had lunch together; or breakfast, in his case. His day commenced about noon and lasted till three in the morning. @Well, Terry, whats the news at the morgue [email protected] I would inquire as we settled ourselves at the table. And Terry would rattle off the details of the latest murder mystery with a cheerfully matter-of-fact air that would have been disgusting had it not been so funny. (hide spoiler)]

Their friendship is great, their characters are great, the writing is great, the story is great...you couldnt really ask for more unless you didnt like the book and then I guess there is a lot you could ask for. Terry is a great guy, kind of flippant sometimes, but only when its necessary to him (which is a lot of times), and the other guy is fun because he takes Terry along, and almost drives him to do it. And his commentary is part of what keeps the story clever and fun to read. And I cant tell if I like Terry because I agree with him most of the time or because hes funny. Either way, great character.
(view spoiler)[At this stage my doctor stepped in and ordered a rest in some quiet place out of reach of the New York papers; he suggested a fishing expedition to Cape Cod. I apathetically fell in with the idea, and invited Terry to join me. But he jeered at the notion of finding either pleasure or profit in any such trip. It was too far from the center of crime to contain any interest for Terry.
@Heavens, man! Id as lief spend a vacation in the middle of the Sahara [email protected]
@Oh, the fishing would keep things going,@ I said.
@Fishing! Wed die of ennui before we had a bite. Id be murdering you at the end of the first week just for some excitement. If you need a rest—and you are rather seedy—forget all about this Patterson business and plunge into something new. The best rest in the world is a [email protected]
This was Terry all over; he himself was utterly devoid of nerves, and he could not appreciate the part they played in a man of normal make-up.

...later on...
Terry had been in the house not quite two hours, and I am sure that a third person, looking on, would have picked me out for the stranger. Terrys way of being at home in any surroundings was absolutely inimitable. Had he ever had occasion to visit Windsor Castle I am sure that he would have set about immediately making King Edward feel at home. (hide spoiler)]


And then theres also Rad. Hes, like...rad.
(view spoiler)[His welcome was frank and cordial and I liked him from the first. He asked after my health with an amused twinkle in his eyes. Nervous prostration evidently struck him as humorously as it did Terry. (hide spoiler)]

One thing I didnt like about this book, the same thing I didnt like about Tom Sawyer and Robinson Crusoe (other than RCs boringness), was the racist stuff that at the time wasnt racist but it is now and today its totally unacceptable and its uncomfortable to read about. Like, yes I know that they used the n word just like we would use the word @[email protected] to describe the stuff on our lawn, but I still have a hard time reading it bc today its such a rude term, like if you called your dog the b word or you said the word @[email protected] in the UK :P because here its not a bad term, its just descriptive but in the UK its swearing. So I get that at the time it wasnt derogatory, but that doesnt mean I have an easy breezy lemon squeezy time reading the phrases. Im trying to read it as if oh these are just servants, all different skintones and backgrounds, and Im trying to pretend they dont use the n word. But its a lot harder than I expected. So be forewarned that if this isnt your cup of tea, then dont read it. At least its authentic, I can say that...

Another thing I had a hard time with was how long she took before she introduced Alberts name. I had no idea how old the narrator was or what his name was and it made it hard to picture in my head - I was thinking someone with grey hair, slightly old voice and slower than the young guys, and then I find out hes only, like, five years older than some of the @young [email protected]! It was a little bit difficult. But okay.

Just a summary of what I did and didnt like about the book:

Pros
- characters were likeable. engaging, and some were funny
- plot was well-developed
- fast-paced enough, once you got into it
- reactions and emotions were accurate enough
- setting seemed legit for its time and place
- everyone more or less lives happily ever after
- interesting story and murder

Cons
- plot was too predictable
- murderer felt random, like she changed her mind halfway thru the book
- coverup was confusing, not satisfying, and didnt really get explained (what their reason was, why they cared whether he was charged with murder, etc.)
- Terry solved it too quickly, in comparison with Albert who took 6 days and got nowhere
-​ it took forever to finally give us information about the narrator (how old he was and what his name was), hard to imagine when you dont even know what he looks like or is supposed to sound like
- moved slowish until the last three ch, or so​
- set in plantation time so their ideas were sometimes hard to get behind
- ending was disappointing (spoiler: let the murderer go, who turns around and gets killed...2yrs later, I believe, but not because justice was dealt, just because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time [lynch mob], which was really unsatisfying)
- I wanted to see a main character be guilty, somebody I knew throughout the book, not some nobody mentioned once in a chapter and never again (and only mentioned because its an example of the Colonels mood, temper, and attitude towards certain people, so it wasnt even like it moved the plot forward)
- there was no motive other than a grudge which is a stupid reason for murdering someone, no matter how humiliating an experience it was (if someone beat me up, I wouldnt be out for his blood, I would just beat him up or get someone else to do it)

Overall, three stars. Maybe 2.5, but I really liked Terry.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
A mystery involving @[email protected] and suspicious characters, set in the south (Virginia?) during Victorian times. A different genre from the four other Webster books Ive read in which humor was the main ingredient. Daddy Long Legs remains my favorite. Read through DailyLit.com.

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It a bad story (but dated), its a pity it was read by an illiterate octogenarian!

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They were so racist back then, damn. The story was ok.

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