Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Shaw

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Completely fangirling at the moment. Oh man. I wanted to find out more about George Bernard Shaw, so I googled him and found out he was the playwright for ‘Pygmalion’ (which was later turned into the film ‘My Fair Lady’ and Bernard – he hated being called George – was against the film changing the ending so that Eliza and Higgins end up together happily ever after… don’t like it either. Eliza was her own person, a creation ‘come to life’. On a similar note, while I’m at it, I don’t like how in the film version of ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, Holly ends up with Paul. In the novel, Holly remains a free spirit and doesn’t get tied down. The author, Truman Capote didn’t approve of the ending changing ….. Both Holly and Eliza are played by Audrey Hepburn). Bernard married a feminist, was a socialist, and was a vegan/vegetarian (unclear which but I think mostly the former). He also was an advocate for William Ollier Jr’s ‘GHOTI was the way you should spell FISH: the 'gh' from 'enough'', the 'o' from 'women'; the 'ti' station.’
A quote from Bernard on vegetarianism: ‘The average age of a meat-eater is 63. I am on the verge of 85 and still at work as hard as ever. I have lived quite long enough and am trying to die; but I simply cannot do it. A single beef-steak; would finish me; but I cannot bring myself to swallow it. I am oppressed with a dread of living forever. That is the only disadvantage of vegetarianism." I hear you! I really wouldn’t like to live forever either. He was firmly against vivisection and cruel sports.
And wow, ‘Shaw said he wrote the play "to draw attention to the truth that prostitution is caused, not by female depravity and male licentiousness, but simply by underpaying, undervaluing and overworking women so shamefully that the poorest of them are forced to resort to prostitution to keep body and soul together.’
Although being against the smallpox vaccination isn’t cool…
I want to read his works (got the complete set for $1 on Kindle). But I have so many other books to read like those written by Terry Pratchett’s (no, still haven’t started and won’t be any time soon but I hope to start at the end of the year).
I want to visit Bernard’s home, Shaw Corner in Hertfordshire, England someday.  
 Some random quotes I found along the way:
‘I was told that my diet was so poor that I could not repair the bones that were broken and operated on. So I have just had an Xradiograph taken; and lo! perfectly mended solid bone so beautifully white that I have left instructions that, if I die, a glove stretcher is to be made of me and sent to you as a souvenir. - Letter to Mrs.Patrick Campbell’
‘Let me reassure them. They can preserve their own individualities, when they give up eating their fellow creatures, just as the Maoris did when they gave up cannibalism. And the millions who now waste their lives in valeting, nursing, feeding, driving, and slaughtering cows, and sheep, and pigs, and who at last come to resemble them so strikingly, will be set free to cultivate themselves in nobler ways.’
‘While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?’
‘Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends.’
‘Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground and it explodes into a giant oak! Bury a sheep and nothing happens but decay.’

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