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

Marc Piel marcpiel at interdesign.fr
Sun Jun 3 11:39:02 PDT 2007

Yes I had the feeling he didn't want to go back to 
Alexandria. The BBC dragged him there!
Marc Piel

Michael Haag wrote:

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