[ilds] the bar as a centre of learning

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Sat Jun 2 10:33:03 PDT 2007

Denise Tart & David Green wrote:

"...after the Durrell conference in Paris next 

can anyone tell me more about this please???
Marc Piel

> - the bar IS a centre of learning. Of course after a few dozen beers my 
> Canadian friend and I came to the inevitable conclusion that without the 
> Canadians and the Australians World War One would have lost by the 
> British, that the Americans got off their bums too late to do much and 
> the world would be a better place if Canada and Australia were a lot 
> closer together. After that we walked out singing old heroic songs while 
> having to think hard as to where our respective hotels were.
> Durrell may well have approved. And people on this list with names like 
> Bruce Redwine make me confident that enjoying the fruit of vine is 
> something many on this list share with LD. One of the things I have 
> always liked about LD is that he was a vinuous soul inspired by wine and 
> sun and women and warm, relaxed landscapes (why not?). In this vein 
> I have always felt that LD would have liked Australia - the climate and 
> colours and maybe even the people who are like Englishmen with the 
> social anxiety and class consciousness removed. Sometimes when he 
> describes Greece in Prospero's Cell and Reflections on a Marine Venus 
> and Better Lemons I can smell, see and feel equivalent scenes in my own 
> country. Unfortunately LD would have needed a passport to get in here. 
> Perhaps that's why he never came down under.
> Given Bruce's comments, we should get a party together and head off to 
> Provence after the Durrell conference in Paris next year. Maybe there is 
> still the old slow coach of a train available rather than the TGV? A 
> Durrell Tour springs to mind - perhaps ending up on St. Marie sur la 
> Mare or even Greece itself.
> Durrell's island books also reveal strongly his love hate relationship 
> with England. Characters such as the hard drinking, cantankerous officer 
> Gideon and his friend Hoyle are endearingly rendered on the pages of 
> Reflections on a Marine Venus in stark contrast the inept class of 
> governors who mismanaged the Cyprus crisis descibed in Bitter Lemons. 
> Indeed I believe Durrell lost his job there when he telephoned the 
> governor while drunk one night and described him as 'an inept c--t'. And 
> of course Durrell's Antrobus stories are an enormous send up of the 
> British 'colonial' service. 
> Enough said, it's chardonnay time.
> David Green
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