[ilds] Justine - pole star criminal

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Jul 3 07:13:21 PDT 2007

Cf. the dedication to the Menuhins in Sicilian Carousel:  "For Diana and Yehudi, fixed stars."  Pole-stars or fixed stars are positive attributes.  Nor do I know of any maleficent stars in Durrell's universe.  This doesn't explain Ahmed Zananiri, but the epithet suggests, to me, a paradox or oxymoron.  Whoever the guy is, Durrell admires him.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Jul 3, 2007 6:03 AM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: [ilds] Justine - pole star criminal
>Before we crash out of Justine, there is something I am curious about 
>in the last section, what Durrell initially called Consequential Data 
>and later called Work Points.
>There are the character-squeezes.  Some of these people are characters 
>in Justine, and some are not.  There is one that particularly arouses 
>my interest, and that is 'Ahmed Zananiri: pole-star criminal'.  Durrell 
>knew a Zananiri in Alexandria (his first name was Gaston, and he served 
>in some measure as the model for Balthazar); but what does 'pole-star 
>criminal' bring to mind?
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