Een man weet niet wat hij mist; lit. A man does not know what he is missing is a Dutch documentary film written, directed by and starring Tim den Besten and Nicolaas Veul.
He has traveled extensively throughout the Mediterranean basin over many years and has a wide-ranging interest in its past and culture, as well as in seafaring and eyewitness history.
He is also the author of How Venice Ruled the Seas. His new book is Conquerors: Recently I asked Crowley about what he was reading. I write history but read a lot of travel literature for pleasure. Three books in particular have stood out for me in the past year, all of them I guess little known, all about worlds that are not remote to us in distance, but are now either vanished or largely unvisitable.
A book that has obsessed me so much that I read it twice, almost back to back in translation, is The Way of the World by Nicholas Bouvier. They have an accordion and a guitar and they play music with the gypsies; they paint and write and see the world afresh, as if for the first time.
Bouvier is a philosopher of journeying and he travels slowly, savouring those intensely special moments that travel brings. East of Erzurum the road is very lonely. Vast distances separate the villages. For one reason or another we occasionally stop the car, and spend the rest of the night outdoors.
Warm in big felt jackets and fur hats with ear-flaps, we listened to the water as it boiled on a primus in the lee of the wheel.
Leaning against a mound, we gazed at the stars, the ground undulating towards the Caucasus, the phosphorescent eyes of the foxes. Time passes in brewing tea, the odd remark, cigarettes, the dawn came up. The widening light caught the plumage of quails and partridges In the end the bedrock of existence is not made up by the family or work or what others say or think about you, but of moments like this when you are exalted by a transcendent power that is more serene than love.
Life dispenses them parsimoniously; our feeble hearts could not stand more. In the Australian Alan Villiers, a master mariner in the last days of sail, spent six months on an Arab dhow, sailing from Kuwait, down the coast of East Africa and back again.
Sons of Sindbad records the voyage. He lives on deck with the crew, helps with the hard, enduring life of the sea and learns Arabic.
Villiers does not romanticise the voyage but he was enthralled by the experience. He appreciated the extraordinary skill, fortitude and dignity of the crew and their captain, their handling of the ship and the timeless rhythm of the voyage that cost almost nothing beyond the labour of the men and a Spartan diet.
Villiers was observing the end of a maritime life stretching far back into antiquity. The ancient cosmopolitan trading patterns were slowly being extinguished by steel ships with diesel engines and the oil boom in the Gulf States that would take men away from the seafaring life.
Lastly more recent travels:Kimbrough's next volume, We Followed Our Hearts to Hollywood (), describes the summer she and Skinner spent writing a film script for Our Hearts.
Amusement and satisfaction remain with the reader of any of Kimbrough's subsequent books, which followed Our Hearts Were Young and Gay in rapid succession.
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Book title and author: Our Hearts Were Young and Gay By: Connelia Otis Skinner Title of review: Wonderful and Inspiring - Our Hearts Were Yound and Gay Number of stars (1 to 5): 5 Introduction: Our Hearts Were Young and Gay is a fun, inspiring book about a group of girls and their first trip to London and Paris in Europe.5/5(1).
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