The Raymond Reddington Travel Bucket List: Read/Watch Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht (No. 100)

Raymond Reddington of the American TV show The Blacklist is one of the smoothest and most well-traveled criminals — he did not only commit crimes around the world, but have also gotten to know the people, the food, and the culture of the places he’s been to. While I don’t necessarily want to travel the world as a fugitive, I doesn’t hurt to take note of Red’s travel tips and recommendations when visiting a specific country.

The Blacklist Season 3 Episode 4: The Djinn (No. 43)

Every episode of The Blacklist features a specific criminal on Raymond Reddington’s ‘blacklist’ where he tips the FBI on crucial information about them which mostly leads to their capture or death. Red’s character is so brilliant and cultured and he definitely knows how to get what he wants.

Oh, did I mention that the character that played Raymond Reddington also played one of my favorite The Office characters, Robert California?

Screencap from The Blacklist S03E04

Mother COurage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht

Widely considered one of the great dramatic creations of the modern stage, “Mother Courage and Her Children” is Bertolt Brecht’s most passionate and profound statement against war. Set in the seventeenth century, the play follows Anna Fierling — “Mother Courage” — an itinerant trader, as she pulls her wagon of wares and her children through the blood and carnage of Europe’s religious wars. Battered by hardships, brutality, and the degradation and death of her children, she ultimately finds herself alone with the one thing in which she truly believes — her ramshackle wagon with its tattered flag and freight of boots and brandy. Fitting herself in its harness, the old woman manages, with the last of her strength, to drag it onward to the next battle. In the enduring figure of Mother Courage, Bertolt Brecht has created one of the most extraordinary characters in the literature of drama. 

Adding Mother Courage and Her Children to my Goodreads reading list, Red! Or perhaps if I can set foot in Germany again, I can watch out for it on any theatre. Thanks!

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