memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner

Archive for March 24, 2012

Afterglow

Afterglow wonderful word, isn’t it?

Today I’ve started a new book, the second volume of Robert Harris’ highly readable life of the great Roman orator Cicero, which was brought out to me by my brother Gam. It’s a big black book with the title LUSTRUM printed in white letters across the gleaming, black dust-cover. I opened it with pleasurable anticipation (I do love the smell of a well-printed hardback, don’t you) and read, before the Preface, the following:

«We look on past ages with condescension, as a mere preparation for us … but what if we’re only an afterglow of them».

J. G. Farrell, The Siege of Krishnapur

Now there’s a thought.

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