[ilds] numinous woman

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Wed Jul 4 09:34:50 PDT 2007


Always look for that numinous woman in Durrell's work.  When you have 
found her, you have found Durrell most alive and his writing at its 
best.

:Michael


On Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at 05:14  pm, slighcl wrote:
>
>
> I will follow Michael's account of N. as "presence" with my account of 
> N. as someone or something "numinous"--that is, a thing of mystery, 
> brimful of divine presence, as the Victorian Graal poets or perhaps 
> Santayana would have seen her. 
>
> My last question about "N. contrasted with Justine" still interests 
> me.  Note how Justine is incredibly present as a name in the 
> Quartet.   She goes from enigma to petty reality (as a peasant in a 
> commune; then again as a Machiavellian player at the close of Clea) 
> and then to a new enigma, as if she is able to arrive anew, reborn in 
> her mystery.
>
>
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