the extraordinary voyage

anonymous asked:

would u have any classic book recommendations for someone who hasn't read a lot of classics and are easier maybe to comprehend than the more famous ones? Sorry if this is confusing

Yeah sure!! I remember Jules Verne’s “Extraordinary Voyages” being really fun and easy to read. My favorite one was Around the World in 80 Days, but I also read Journey to the Center of the Earth and The Mysterious Island and they were pretty easy to understand (though the latter was rather long and unrealistic).

Candide by Voltaire was also rather easy to understand if you don’t look for all the underlying metaphors and philosophy, and it was also pretty fun. Also The Scarlet Pimpernel was pretty simple and fun. I would also suggest Edgar Allen Poe’s writings, because a lot of his stories are short and really fun. Also I would suggest Agatha Christie, her books are really captivating and easy to read!

A lot of classics are translations, so I think it really depends on the translation you read. I read parts of The Count of Monte Cristo from three different translations and I remember the Penguin Classics version to be my favorite and most understandable - but it’s a really long book and honestly the hardest part about it is continuing with it.

Être indépendant est l'affaire d'un très petit nombre ; c'est le privilège des forts. Et, qui en prend le risque, fût-ce avec les meilleures raisons, mais sans y être contraint, prouve sans doute qu'il n'est pas seulement fort mais téméraire jusqu'à l'extravagance.
—  Nietzsche - Par-delà bien et mal - Paragraphe 29

Last night we stumbled across a doco called The Extraordinary Voyage, about Georges Méliès (if you’ve seen Hugo, you’ll know about this guy) and the reconstruction of Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon).

It was really interesting, but I missed half of it because my mum and grandma joined us to ‘watch’ it (read: talk really loudly about anything but the movie). 

Afterwards they played the reconstructed version of Le Voyage Dans La Lune, which was really cool. 

Anyway, I’d recommend the documentary to anyone interested in movies and the history of trick filming.