[ilds] Justine - pole star criminal

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Tue Jul 3 10:39:33 PDT 2007

Ah, interesting: so you think that to be a pole-star criminal is a 
positive attribute, not a deviation from a positive attribute.  Or if a 
deviation, then an admirable one.


On Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at 03:13  pm, Bruce Redwine wrote:

> 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.
> Bruce
> -----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?
>> :Michael
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