[ilds] D's memory and D's borrowing

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sun Jun 3 09:43:04 PDT 2007

While visiting Alexandria in 1977 Durrell admitted: 'I am extremely 
incurious, and my real life seems to pass either in books or in dreams'.


On Sunday, June 3, 2007, at 05:29  pm, william godshalk wrote:

> I find it almost impossible to believe that D did not witness the
> processions in Corfu Town - after all, it seems pretty conclusive that 
> he
> attended the Spatharis Karaghiozi performance(s) along with 
> Stephanides. And
> if he didnt do festivals, what was/were his source(s) for Ste
> Marie-de-la-Mer?
> RP
> I, of course, exaggerate. D must have gone to some festivals, but if 
> he had such a great memory, why did he borrow details of these 
> festivals from other writers' books?
> (a) Durrell was lazy, and would rather borrow text than create a text.
> (b) D didn't like festivals and avoided them whenever possible.
> (c) Even though D gave evidence of a miraculous memory, he really 
> couldn't remember events he had witnessed.
> (d) When at festivals, etc., he drank too much -- and thus could not 
> remember what he may have seen.
> Let speculation thrive!
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