Friday, 3 December 2010

Photo Friday: Library After Air Raid, London, 1940

What can I say that any sensitive viewer can't already feel? As a lover of books I love this photo. Trust the English to calmly browse the shelves of a bombed-out library. Chin up and stiff upper lip and all that. No wonder they won the war (with a bit of help).

I've always been impressed with how books and writing endure. During the Lebanese civil war a literary magazine was regularly published in Beirut on the border between two warring factions. During the economic collapse in Venezuela, some publishers took to printing their books on recycled cardboard. You can't stop writers from writing, or readers from reading!

[Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons]

1 comment:

Sioux Roslawski said...

The power of the written word, and our love affair with it...

The photo is incredible. It says so much, in just a simple black and white image.

Thanks for sharing it.

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