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This installment of THE WORD comes from the film The Beach.

While the film does have it’s flaws, there are some sweet quotes that manage to encapsulate the tone of the film, and indeed the novel from which it was adapted. 

And this week we have two separate, but closely related, bits of monologue from the film’s protagonist Richard for you to enjoy (please try and control your enthusiasm). They both relate to the true nature of backpacking through a foreign environment, and that is to forget about home and shut up and enjoy the experience: 


We all travel thousands of miles just to watch TV and check in to somewhere with all the comforts of home, and you gotta ask yourself, what is the point of that?”




“This is where the hungry come to feed. For mine is a generation that circles the globe and searches for something we haven’t tried before. So never refuse an invitation, never resist the unfamiliar, never fail to be polite and never outstay your welcome. Just keep your mind open and suck in the experience. And if it hurts, you know what? It’s probably worth it.”


From the film The Beach, directed by Danny Boyle.


Written by Dale Weber

Wednesday, 8 October, 2008 at 9:38 pm

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