[ilds] Bitter Lemons

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Mon Jul 2 09:02:14 PDT 2007


Perversely, Durrell did actually sail from Venice.

:Michael


On Monday, July 2, 2007, at 04:37  pm, James Gifford wrote:

> Bruce asks:
>
>> now that Durrell's fictive approach to non-fiction
>> has been exposed, I wonder about the opening in
>> Venice.  Did he actually start his journey in la
>> Serenissima or was it bit of invention -- a nod
>> towards the beginning of Othello and the tragedy
>> both the Moor and Durrell encounter on Cyprus?
>
> I would not be at all surprised if your speculation is right, though
> it's primarily a biographical matter.  In my experience, Durrell works
> quite freely with his "creative non-fiction."  Comparing the travel
> books or short stories to his letters usually points out numerous
> differences.
>
> But, I like that opening...  If it's fiction, I'm glad he changed the
> reality!
>
> Best,
> James
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