[ilds] the hydroplane?

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Sat Jun 16 23:50:59 PDT 2007


The hydroplane depot was at Gouvia, just north of Corfu town, and I think 
was operated by Air France. Today, the hydroplane service once more leaves 
from Gouvia, to Patras, Paxos and Cephallonia. RP
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Beatrice Skordili" <bskordil at otenet.gr>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Sunday, June 17, 2007 1:26 AM
Subject: Re: [ilds] the hydroplane?


>I think Bill that maybe Durrell wasn't thinking of Gatsby, but his own
> experience. The place where Durrell probably saw hydroplanes was Corfu. I
> have no documented reference by him, but in Corfu airport there are 
> pictures
> of the first airplane service to the island which was by hydroplane in the
> late 30s I believe--and I think, but I am not sure, that the planes landed
> somewhere up north not near Corfu town (maybe Richard knows something more
> about this!).
>
> Beatrice
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "william godshalk" <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
> To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
> Sent: Saturday, June 16, 2007 5:32 AM
> Subject: [ilds] the hydroplane?
>
>
> One of the great mysteries of American literature is: what happened
> to Gatsby's hydroplane? Gatsby asks Nick Carraway over for trial run
> -- and then the hydroplane disappears.
>
> But it reappears in the Duck Shoot episode, obviously appropriated by
> Durrell. In terms of dollars and cents this may be Durrell's most
> egregious appropriation to date. It has taken me years to trace what
> happened to Gatsby's hydroplane, and I shall be reporting this to
> Thursday Next for investigation.
>
> Regarding my cursory collation of the Duck Shoot, it is now complete
> -- and I found an added "a" and a few commas that have been removed.
> Accidentals?
>
> Have we discussed why the Duck Shoot is written in the present tense?
>
> Bill
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