[ilds] Corfu memoirs

Durrell School of Corfu durrells at otenet.gr
Wed Jul 4 13:51:52 PDT 2007


But did life under one roof for several weeks when the family first moved to 
Corfu and then for several months before Larry and Nancy moved to the White 
House surely.  I am sure that a week felt like a month in that chaotic 
household. Alex
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From: "Michael Haag" <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
To: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Wednesday, July 04, 2007 6:34 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] Corfu memoirs


> No big theory.  But Gerry is writing about his family and other
> animals, and it suits him that animals and family are all under one
> roof.  His older brother is too good material to leave out, and it is
> too annoying having him living elsewhere and coming only for visits;
> Gerry wants him under the same roof where he can drop spiders on his
> head at will.  I would also guess that it somewhat recreates earlier
> days when the family did indeed live under one roof in South London
> before Larry had flown the coop and got himself a girl.  A further but
> possibly not very important point is that by the time My Family was
> written Nancy herself was long gone from being one of the fauna and
> Gerry did not want to bring up delicate memories.  But principally the
> guy had a story to write, and the idea was to put a madhouse under one
> roof, no distractions allowed.
>
> Nancy in Prospero' Cell is N, just as Eve in Marine Venus is E -- a
> mysterious letter of the alphabet.  Nancy is a presence; Durrell is not
> writing about her or his relationship with her, he is writing about a
> lightness of youthful being with presences in attendance, and N does
> that nicely.  Like Gerry he has his story to write, and it would get in
> the way if he mentioned how often they left the White House at Kalami
> for calmer weather to the south and mother's home cooking.  No this is
> the writer on his bare rock, and no time for sentiment, much less
> cluttering elements like family.
>
> Gerry is a boy growing up among beetles.  Larry is an artist growing up
> on a bare rock.  That is the party line.  Both stories are far more
> complicated and sadder than that.
>
> :Michael
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> On Wednesday, July 4, 2007, at 02:54  pm, Bruce Redwine wrote:
>
>> Michael:
>>
>> "I do wonder, though, why Gerald chose to describe in detail scenes
>> involving his family, including his brother Lawrence, but did not
>> mention Nancy even in passing."
>>
>> My recollections of LD's and his brother's accounts of Corfu are too
>> sketchy to know if this author got the facts right.  I guess you have
>> a theory why Nancy is left out.  She's not much of a presence in
>> Prospero's Cell either, as I dimly recall.
>>
>> Bruce
>>
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