The OF Blog: A quote

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

A quote

At a time when history still made its way slowly, the few events were easily remembered and woven into a backdrop, known to everyone, before which private life unfolded the gripping show of its adventures. Nowadays, time moves forward at a rapid pace. Forgotten overnight, a historic event glistens the next day like the morning dew and thus is no longer the backdrop to a narrator's tale but rather an amazing adventure enacted against the background of the overfamiliar banality of private life.

Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

There's just something about that quote, which appears early in this 1970s book of Kundera's, that just resonates with me, making me eager to read the rest of the book in the coming days. Are there any books that contain lines like that which have captured you and made you think out the book's themes long after the book itself has been reshelved?

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