memoirs, art and fragments by Thomas Milner


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.

Comments on: "Afterglow" (2)

  1. What a truth in this Thomas!!

    Though I am not sure if we are always a soothing afterglow, some of the disasters we seem responsible for.

    And yes, I could smell a good hardback for ever!! Reading is a good idea too though! LOL 🙂 Such a step up from the smell of paperbacks, 🙂 🙂



  2. PS Enjoy luxuriating in your book! 🙂


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