[ilds] Eagleton on Durrell

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Wed May 30 17:33:51 PDT 2007



This is getting too Byzantine for me.  Are we now improvising on Durrell's Monsieur?  Is Eagleton actually one of Durrell's "spare parts" in the Avignon Quintet?  Does that explain TE's animus?

Bruce

>-----Original Message-----
>>From: slighcl <slighcl at wfu.edu>
>>Sent: May 30, 2007 4:33 PM
>>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>Subject: Re: [ilds] Eagleton on Durrell
>>
>>
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>>On 5/30/2007 6:27 PM, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>>
>>>Moreover, the review itself is a trashing of Lawrence Durrell.  It is a savage attack on the man and his life based on either willful misrepresentation or smug prejudice or both.  For some, I guess, fame is both irresistible and a license to abandon fairness and decency.
>>>
>>Whatever the source of Eagleton's dark energy?   I will put money on the 
>>zinc bar counter that the review was not about "Lawrence Durrell" nor 
>>about Ian MacNiven's biography.  Mark me: there is a /tertium quid/.  
>>Hypothesis:  Eagleton's nasty verve in taking down Durrell drew upon old 
>>memories, old anxieties.   The "old Cambridge tutor" is the least of 
>>it.  He was writing against someone else. 
>>
>>Perhaps even against the Terry Eagleton who queened about with his copy 
>>of /Justine /and then regretted it?
>>
>>Still queening about with my copy--
>>
>>CLS
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