Михаил Назаренко (petro_gulak) wrote,
Михаил Назаренко
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Connie Willis:
"...Then we went to St Paul's, I fell in love with it. I think it is the most beautiful place in the world. We went up in the dome, climb up through the gallery and go outside. And I go outside and I look out, expecting to see - some kind of Mary Poppins landscape - chimney pots and things.
Instead it is the ugliest landscape I have ever seen in my life. It is all concrete, Bauhaus glass block buildings, it is just hideous looking. It doesn't look like London at all. It looks like Cleveland or something.
I'm standing there thinking, this is a huge disappointment and then it hits me. Oh my God, the reason it looks like this is because everything I'm looking at was built in the 1950s - because everything burned down.
When I realised that all four sides were burned, I thought - there is no way, that this church survived. This cathedral could not have possibly survived the war."


1948
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