Saturday, 16 July 2011


I've just begun to read Emile Zola's "Rome."  I'll post some thoughts on his "Lourdes" later, but in the meantime I can't resist posting, without comment, this quotation from very early in the first chapter of "Rome." Abbe Pierre Froment has just arrived in Rome and is on his way to his initial destination when he pauses to appreciate a view of the city.

"...the slim Englishmen and the heavy Germans passed away after bestowing on the classic view the five minutes prescribed by their guidebooks."

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