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The Great Wall of China(1)Blurb(勒口文)

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(杨理先生摄)

The most awesome structure ever devised by man, it lies across the northern borders of China like some great sleeping dragon, stretching and sunning itself on the peaks and ridges of some of the most beautiful mountain scenery in the world.

An astonishing 6,000 kilometres long, the Great Wall of China was more than 2,000 years in the building, and the only way man can look upon the sum total of his handiwork is by viewing it from outer space.

Because there is nothing remotely comparable, the dimensions of the wall are hard for the mind to grasp. It has been estimated, however, that the earth and stone used in the project could build a wall around the equator, one metre thick and five metres high, more than ten times.

This book is primarily the work of one dedicated man. Cheng Dalin spent five years and covered 30,000 kilometres in his quest, over some of the most breathtakingly beautiful, but inhospitable, terrain on earth. Cheng’s research even led him to the discovery of sections of the wall that no one knew existed, and the photographs he brought back with him form the most complete pictorial record ever published on the mightiest of the world’s wonders.

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《The Great Wall of China》一书是成大林先生在进行长城调查与研究5年后应单位要求完成的一部作品,成书于20世纪80年代前期。时至今日,该书中尽管有少量信息已经有所调整,但此书在当时的众多长城著作中堪称佼佼者。

此书当时出版的是英文版本,翻译者为罗先生的同事。中文手稿已难寻踪影,因此在国内谈及长城著作时,很多人忽略了此书的价值,津津乐道的是罗哲文、董耀会、李少文诸位先生的书籍。确实,成先生此书的出版在当时国内的影响远不如其在国外的影响。一些国际友人正是受成先生书籍的影响来到了中国,较为全面地认识了中国长城。

中国长城作为中国的一张名片走向世界,成先生的功劳颇多,很多功劳都隐藏在集体创作或集体事务中。很幸运,此书冠以成先生的名字而出版了。因此,我们可以知道成先生经过五年的踏查访问和钻研,已经取得了让后学敬佩的成绩。

现在,中国读者已经有很多人能使用英文顺畅阅读作品。在30年后将此书分章节刊布在网上,不失为对成先生尊敬的一大表现。小编征得成先生的俯允,将此书分批次发表在网上。


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