One of I found this play very disappointing. One of the reasons for that is that the storyline is not only disingenuous to the extreme, but also irritating in its moral implications if one cares to make them, but it's hard to not care because they are so obviously questionable: Here is George Hatteras, grandson of a famous explorer whose heritage is kept secret from him, lest he be tempted to follow in his grandfather's steps and become an explorer himself.
There we have the 'bad' doctor Ox, who wants to send George on a journey in order to separate him from Eva with whom Ox is in love, so in the entirety of his evil wickedness the doctor gives the characters a magic potion, and ta-da, they all find themselves on a journey through the impossible. The trio is accompanied by two clown-characters making unsuccessful attempts to be funny throughout the play, and Volsius, a 'good' version of Ox if you wish, seeming able to unproblematically make magic happen, who is there to help Eva to get George back from the journey.
And there we all go, a romp through various scenes in three 'impossible' worlds which Ox reveals to George in the hope of making him go insane, whilst Eva and Volsious are unsuccessfully trying to talk him back while making sure on the side that he doesn't accidentally kill himself or who knows what.
And this all lasts, until when it's time for the play to finish, and so Eva in a venturous spirit summons up the brilliance to reveal to Ox that if he lets anything bad happen to George, she will hate him, and so that complete freak of a bastard, the doctor, crushed under the enormous power of love, no longer tempts George to keep journeying and, suddenly, without any explanation offered, we are all back in the room where the play started, the happy ending being that George, now 'sane', promises Eva that he will no longer attempt any journeys, that he only wants to love her.
I couldn't hear my comment over the sound of facepalms, so no further comment I believe here necessary, except the one that perhaps the ending of the play is indeed happy, for Eva didn't deserve the doctor who was too good for a woman who wants her pet-husband to never show his nose out of the house, passing this as 'love' on top of that, while she would make a good couple with a man who is apparently nothing like his grandfather and so incompetent he cannot handle both the adventure and the girl at the same time, and anyway he needs just too much help to survive and forgets his passion the minute a third person stops tempting him.
In short: that was a close escape, Ox, next time choose some people who like to actually think. Another reason I didn't like the play beside the storyline is that the rest of it, the 'filler' - although perhaps the storyline is the real filler here - is also quite boring with not a single scene that struck me as original, nor a line as memorable.
Here we have 3 acts, the first taking place in the Earth's core, the second on the ocean-bottom, the third on the planet Altor, each of which a charming excuse for yet another magnificent set, another ballet performed by scantily-clad girls, and in general lots of shine and colour on stage, and music. Indeed it is easy for us today to forget that performance was the biggest thing in entertainment back in the days and the only place people could see such a spectacle of colour, noise, movement, - art, - on a large scale; yet I don't think that the fact that the story takes place in incredible locations is itself a sufficient excuse for the general shallowness of the entire play.
In this vein, I liked the fact that the edition included two reviews of the play performed in , and I will conclude my review by quoting the end of the review by the Paris correspondent for the New York Times: 'And now, if you wish, an opinion of the merits of the "Journey Through the Impossible," I will say frankly that I have never seen anything more idiotically incoherent, or of which the dialogue is more pretentious.
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Under another name it is only a re-edition of "Pilules du Diable," the "Biche au Bois," the "Mille et Une Nuits," which again are only speaking versions of the old-fashioned pantomimes. These adventures and mishaps have been seen a hundred times before, and if the people did not talk they would be all the better liked. Yet, for all that, the piece is successful - an immense success and a success which will last for months, as panoramas nowadays are all the fashion. Paul Cleves has given proof of taste and of unrivaled prodigality, and I should not be surprised if the "Voyage a Travers l'Impossible" equaled in vogue the famous "Tour du Monde.
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About Jules Verne. Jules Verne. Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction.
Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel ha Jules Gabriel Verne was a French author who pioneered the genre of science-fiction. Verne wrote about space, air, and underwater travel before navigable aircraft and practical submarines were invented, and before any means of space travel had been devised. He is the third most translated author of all time, behind Disney Productions and Agatha Christie.
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I was sure that they would havenothing to do with me. My best friends were once locked up in mental hospitals and foughttheir way back. We are psychiatric survivors. Some believe thatpsychiatric survivors defy the odds. Or maybe we were never reallymentally ill, just misdiagnosed. After all, they say schizophrenia is alifelong disease. Such reasoning makes my peers and me look likeexceptions. Among our large group of closeted ex-patients are lawyers,teachers, mechanics, doctor carpenters, plumbers and psychologists.
Weare your neighbors, ministers and friends, living and working in yourcommunities. Many thousands choose not to reveal their past. I choose to speak and write about my experiences so that others whohave been diagnosed and treated for serious mental illness will be ableto see new hope and possibility. After speaking engagements, I oftenget call and letters from people who at thankful that someone isspeaking out They hide their past just as I did, but go on with theirlives without anyone but their friends and families knowing about theirpsychiatric histories.
Sometime psychology students ask for adviceabout whether they should disclose their past. They are stung by the insensitivity and misinformation perpetuated intheir programs. But those students suffer silently. They know it is notin their best interest to disclose their histories if they expect tosucceed. I have tried to connect with other psychologists whohave been diagnosed and treated for major mental illness. At the annualconventions, I hold a meeting for psychologists who have psychiatrichistories as well as those who are interested in serious mentalillness.
I have tried to make it a safe place for people to meetwithout feeling that they are at risk of being exposed.
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Some disclosed their pastfor the first time. But in this organization comprising more than, members, with an annual convention that draws between 20,and 30, psychologists, only 15 have felt safe enough to reveal theirhistories. Some of us think of ourselves as recovering or recovered. Others likemyself see it as a process of transformation. Like other psychiatricsurvivors, I feel dutybound to share what helped and hurt me so that wemay eliminate the ineffective treatments and abuses of the mentalhealth system, and help make our communities more supportive andinclusive.
Yet how does one climb from the depths? Research from around the worlddocuments high rates of complete recovery from schizophrenia. The mostextensive study, known as the Vermont Longitudinal Study, followedpatients for an average of 32 years. Harding reportedthat 30 percent of these patients had fully recovered. Theseex-patients were symptom-free, employed, had a social life and did nottake medication. During my own struggles it would have been extremely helpful to haveknown of this optimistic research.
Yet even with such remarkablefindings, the common belief remains: Recovery is rare or impossible. Another study conducted by the United Nations through the World HealthOrganization found that people diagnosed with schizophrenia in ThirdWorld countries have higher rates of recovery than those who live inFirst World nations. Why is this? The thinking has been that familiesin underdeveloped countries need each member to be productive. Therefore, there may be greater tolerance for people who look and actdifferently. These people are necessary to their families andcommunity.
They have value. What makes recovery and transformation possible?
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Unlike the research onrecovery rates, there is little quantitative research on what promotesrecovery. To determine what is helpful, we are guided by qualitativeresearch gathered from people willing to share their stories.