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December 16, 2004

「急行『北極号』」

映画「ポーラー・エキスプレス」の原作本ですね。
パラパラとめくったことはあるけど、
ちゃんと読んだことはなかったのでした。

今日は、渋谷駅前のTSUTAYAに行きました。
久しぶりに6FのWIRED CAFEでランチ食おうと思って。
ここは、カフェ入り口に設置してある本棚の話題の本を、
飯食いながら読むことができるのです。
ネットとかも出来るけど、ネット席は混んでて
座れた試しがない。
普通の席は、13時半だというのに
案外空いていたのでゆっくり出来ました。
意外にまだ穴場なのかな?

んで、「急行『北極号』」が置いてあったので
早速席に持って来て読みました。
いつも思うんだけど、汚れちゃうだろうに
よく見せてくれるよなあ。雑誌とかも。
閲覧用に1冊ずつだけ置いてあるならともかく、
普通に何冊も置いてあるから手に取り放題。

1ページ目から思ったのは、
あれ、文章が難しいな、ということ。
今まで子供向けの童話だと思ってたけど、
実際は大人が読む普通の文章で書かれていました。
村上春樹の訳だから?

んで、驚いたのが、車掌が出て来ない!!
CMとかでやってるあの車掌は、てっきり
絵本に出ていたもんだと思っていたのに、
これって映画のオリキャラだったんですね!
顔がトム・ハンクスそのままなのは、
モデルがいないからか。

挿絵はほんとぼんやりしたタッチで描かれているので、
アニメでもなくバリバリのCGでもない、
映画の「動く油絵」の感じが非常に良く合ってる。
原作者が実写を嫌がったんだっけ?確か。
だから、こういう形になったんだっけか。
結果的には正解っぽいよね。
でも、映画で少年までトム・ハンクスが演じているのは
どうかと思うな・・。
製作者はトムみたいに上手い子役はいない、
みたいな言い方をしてたみたいだけど、
大人が演じるのはなんか不自然。
上手すぎるのも不自然。

ということで、このたった29ページの絵本を
一体どうやって映画1本分に引き伸ばしたのか
ちょっと見てみたくなりました。


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んで、まあ内容については
特に感慨はないわけなのですが、
少年がサンタからのプレゼントに欲しがったのが
クリスマスの「スズ」だってとこが、
ああ、物語じゃな~って感じです。
そんなわけないよなあ。
何だってもらえるのに、スズって何さ・・。
綺麗な物語にまとめたなあと思いました。
大人には聴こえない、っていうのもベタだし。

でも、ここで終わらせずに、
以前はスズの音が聴こえた少年の妹も、
大きくなったら段々聴こえなくなってしまったのに、
「僕」は聴こうと思えばまだ聴けるんだよ、
って終わり方になってるのがちょっとイイ。好き。

あと一番気に入ったっていうか、笑ったのは、
サンタから少年への手紙。
最後に署名してあるんだけど、「(サ)」って!!!
なんだよ、これー!!可愛いじゃんよー!!
訳する前は一体なんて書いてあったんだろう。
原本もチェックしたい!
あと、この本は2003年に出された改訳版なんだよね。
1987年の村上春樹じゃない訳者の本も
現存するのだろうか。絶版かな。
図書館に置いてあれば読んでみたいです。
「(サ)」がどうなっているのか確かめなきゃ~。

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