Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose
For my recent stay in hospital, I took along a famous book to read -- "Dr Zhivago" by Boris Pasternak. I had read in when it first come out in 1957 but had forgotten the story totally so it should have been new to me. It was but I somehow could not get interested in it for long. It was a good yarn but I just could not concentrate on it for long.
The book is about pre-revolutionary Russia (c. 1905) so the political scenes were of interest to me. I did gather that they were realistic. One passage which told me that revolutionary politics had not changed much was a description of the conversation of two Leftists of the day. Their remarks were described (on p. 49 of the first edition) as: "So imbued with contempt for everything in the world that they could quite safely have been replaced by a growling noise". The politics of hate were alive and well back there too: "contempt for everything in the world". Quite reminiscent of current Leftist remarks about Mr Trump. CNN on Trump is mostly a just a growling noise
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