[ilds] AUSSIE ETHER: DURRELL AND THE EMPIRE

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed May 30 04:32:46 PDT 2007


And yet there have been very many Britons born in India who have never 
felt that, among them Durrell's mother, father, sister and two brothers.

:Michael


On Wednesday, May 30, 2007, at 08:43  am, Denise Tart & David Green 
wrote:

> RP wrote recently of the Aussie ether. What he was refering to I have 
> no notion of except that recent emails have mentioned Durrell's love 
> hate relationship with with the mother country (not cuntry - as one of 
> my students recently spelt it, though perhaps this is apt) which we in 
> Australia, as a member of the British Commonwealth and as a former 
> colony, feel very strongly. Like Durrell many of us born in the empire 
> outside Britain to middle class parents were brought up to respect and 
> imitate the values and conduct of the English Gentleman and yet, upon 
> aquaintance with that country, even given our education, intellect and 
> conduct we were (are) regarded as inferior and indeed condescended to. 
> Durrell never felt accepted in England even though his accent was 
> impeccably posh. His experience of pudding island I believe resonates 
> with many 'colonials' possibly even with Americans although you guys 
> fought off the British (with French help) and have become an empire 
> yourselves leading to a huge sense of cultural importance. When I read 
> Durrell I very much feel his sense of colonial misplacement. 
> Successful Aussie writers go to London or increasingly to New York. 
> Durrell stayed in the Mediterranean, moved around a lot, took comfort 
> in the bottle and probably never felt truly at home in any country.
>  
>  
> Denise Tart & David Green
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>  
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> dtart at bigpond.net.au
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