The Royal Way
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I've got a bunch of notes on the various chapters, and am ready to start posting and discussing them whenever Choco starts to read. Curious as to whether we'll end up talking more about the literary aspect or the historical aspect.
Meanwhile, you know the face on the green cover of the version translated as The Way of the Kings? Well, that face is more grown over now; I happened to spot it at Ta Prohm. It's quite a small face, right down low, easily missed:
Cambodia was amazing.
I've read the first two chapters. What charming fellers. So far we have: interracial masochistic eroticism; big money for bas relief carvings to be stolen from ancient temples; and death. Obsessions one, two and three - and we haven't even reached Asian shores yet.
I thought of long saws, so that we only take away the carved side, without going too deep: impossible. I have hacksaws, which are faster...
a single bas-relief, if it's a good one, a dancing girl for instance, is worth at least two hundred thousand francs...
When Malraux visited the Lascaux cave, he was not left alone for a minute !
Well, isn't this just smarmy! Brothel bonding. What else would one do in Djibouti?
Then we find out all the cool kids fear death.
Pause to philosophize.
So the bastard is going to burden us with a plot? But we've met Kurtz already, haven't we? What do we need to slog through the jungle for?
Chapter 2 lays it all out. We pretty much know what's in store already. We're going to find trouble .... doom will be met!
Still, I like maps.
Officious official grinding pen. Starting to like Claude fellow. Ready to charge into any melee, no matter how many warnings he gets.
Looks like you started out as unimpressed as I have been so far. We'll see.
Great video Mac, only my French is nonexistent. I had a good look through the other You Tubes too. Good stuff indeed.
I think this is the old confrontation with meaningless, the Kurtzian "horror" of a dark spot in the center of ourselves. What good is the building of empires, the seeking of culture, the chasing of knowledge....
He has a dimmer view of westerners than of easterners. But I think as bad as these two boys are, part of what he's doing is contrasting them against the even worse folks who are on their way.
The other thing is this book is kind of full of Kurtz's, it's not that there is just one, and the bureaucrats dispensing machine guns top even the soulless Kurtz's for sheer evil here. Choco is right, these guys are bent on destruction of self and others to pursue unhealthy obsessions.
Please do not watch the redux version, or director's cut.
Try to find the original one, the one that came out of the jungle...
Coppola screwed up his movie when he started tinkering with it.
That's enough colonial nihilism for me for a while, though, so don't think I will be picking up The Royal Way anytime soon.
Another book I really got into about the colonial experience and how it dehumanizes everyone was Burmese Days by Orwell.