[ilds] Andy's introduction

andy nampilot at cox.net
Sat Apr 21 13:34:18 PDT 2007

Re: [ilds] Andy's introduction

  I think you'll find the quantum theory & Kabbalah will stir up debate amongst the Durrell readers, but they are certainly things he's playful with.

  my objecive is not to foment debate.

    i seek a closer adhesion to reality.

    even that fractured through the prism.

    but i would argue the entire thrust of justine, at the deepest possible subterreanean level, ie, at the very bottom of the biggest gaps--lies meetings. 

   another metaphor for the quaballah.

    which is ld's metaphor for time.

    and his effort, extremely intentional, to disorient the reader.

  in order to reorient time, considering how taken the man was with einstein, and then eliot's new expression of e=mc2, as a wasteland, he had to out do then, only ultimately outdoing himself, for the work failed, no?

  I do like the reference to breaking something to understand it - I'm not sure if I would agree, but I think you could reasonably tie it to the repeated reference Durrell makes (and Henry Miller too) to a child breaking a watch to understand it.

  this is forbidden ground, the graves upon which i love to tread, but if you thread back through the bodies in your mind's morgue, did you not have to break the women you loved?  your children?  your wife?  we all break each other, otherwise, why would we continue to hurt?  the law of life, of survival, a program institued by nature million of years ago to facilitate the hiearchy of man's nature, and natureman.

  You also have a very intriguing slip.  "We are all artists" 

  would you not agree that hidden within the beating breast of every beast is a god to be resurrected?  not a slip.  a profound personal tenet.

  - this is why I would argue for an active reader in Durrell.

  could you please iterativley define what you contemplate an active reader, fully fleshed, to consist of?

    Yes, he sets a frame, yes it's his world we're invited into, but the expectation seems to be that we'll rewrite it and follow Darley's struggle to begin writing...  If not artists, the Quartet invites us to become creators, demiurges...

  that's the line that sunk me.


  y tu, hombre
  On 4/21/07 8:19 AM, "andy" <nampilot at cox.net> wrote:


    and ladies, may i presume?

    may this gentle day greet you with warmth

    a few rambling thoughts of a saturday morning.

    my purpose in being here is to learn.

    i heartlily encourage all list members to question my comments, criticize without fear, but most importantly, correct me where you feel my thinking is in error.

    i would like to offer a few thoughts for your consideration.

    firstly, in reference to durrell's question, why do we continue to hurt each other?

    ordinary people achieve their destinies through life.

    artists through imagination.

    by reworking their realities.

    so why do we continue to hurt each other?

    we are artists.

    you cannot know something unless you break it.

    and that which we break, we always love the most.

    moving on, a question was asked, what were these four...really....to durrell?

    each of you writes.

    what were your characters to you?


    made into demigods.

    now in reference to the subject of judaisim, i would offer it as a device durrell used to centerpiece the kabbalah, his key to the clockwork of time, which incidentally, is the core reason i joined this group--to unravel ld's quantum theory of literature, so i assume we will get to that in due time--but a more sublte reaons ld centerpieced judiasim was to work off a plethora of unreconciled conflicts inherited as the legacy of two jewish wives to one gentle gentile.

    lastly, i feel dickens was the greatest child abuser in literary history.

    i use a child in my novel.

    guaranteed to draw tears.

    especially if an oprhan.

    or worse.

    the cuckoo bastard.

    so being an unemotional meatcutter

    i cleave durrel's use of the child

    from all emotion

    and reduce it to a very effective literary device

    viz, a lone man on a lone island with a lone child, unnamed, all three cold, him feeding the fire, of his heart and mind and reader, with an opening that cannot fail to touch the coldest heart.

    i charge him with wanton over sentimentality.

    comment vous?

    best to all


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