Idiocracy. Didn't know that movie! But it looks really good. Will put it on my to-watch list ;-)
Your mother may have a point in that developments in thoswe two books have either come true or become obsolete, but still I find it enlightening to read how the authors were able to imagine a world that was so alien at that time and yet so frighteningly real. Plus, these books may have influenced the course of history in a good way, making them self-defeating prophesies...
I'll recommend both books. I agree that Brave New World is closer to today's reality (although luckily the lives most or us lead are much better and happier than that of the people in that book). I was thinking about dystopies and realized that I could also show them an episode of Black Mirror. Might be closer to their current media consumption anyway.
I'm teaching a course now where No One of the fifteen students has read 1984. I feel like this is an omission in their education. I said they should read it as soon as possible. Curious as to whether they will actually do so.
Tolstoy died on this day in 1910, after devoting the final years of his life to this "Calendar of Wisdom" - see Brainpickings (and if you didn't know this website by the great Maria Popova yet, do bookmark it - it's great!) https://www.brainpickings.org/2013/03/15/a-calendar-of-wisdom-tolstoy/
I'd like to recommend Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt. It has been on my 'to read' list for a while already. The young Dutch writer has received praise from the likes of Stephen King and George R.R. Martin for this Fantasy/Thriller that was translated into English recently.
Many different ways of translating Russian names into Dutch... Chechov becomes Tsjechow, Tsjechof or Tsjechov.
@aqsalose I found it! It's chapter 26, in French it's called 'La Thèse d'Aramis'. Aramis is talking about writing a theological thesis with a Jesuit priest and his curate. D'Artagnan clearly has no affection whatsoever for religious discussions. In the end, Aramis takes up his mission again with the musqueteers (to get the Queen's letter to Buckingham). Dumas wrote a really amusing conversation between the four men.
@aqsalose I think mastodon etiquette allows for a response time of up to two months. Anything over that is considered 'slightly rude' and might necessitate the use of an apologetic smiley.
It is a great scene, one of the funniest in the book. I'll see if I can find it for you, somewhere in the near future :-)
Athos is my favourite as well! I did not yet read the follow-up books. But now that I hear this, I think I really should. With Aramis In the first book, I lov d the scene in which he almost becomes a priest (talking about religion with a priest and his helper) and D'Artagnan 'intervenes'. You remember that part?
Which one of the Three Musqueteers is your favourite? Please explain!
Lequel des Trois Mousquetaires est votre préféré? Expliquez svp!
I love most of Paul Auster's work. This book I particularly enjoyed. It makes me want to go visit New York (never been there).
Just read a few early stories by Chechov. Some of them are like little caricatures, short humorous sketches. It's not hard to imagine what audience they were written for: newspaper readers who wanted some 'divertissement'. Almost like today's Saturday Night Live sketches in a way.