[ilds] ugly women

Richard Pine richardpin at eircom.net
Fri Jul 6 01:15:11 PDT 2007

Marie Millington Drake was, apparently, very beautiful. She was also the 
author of at least 2 (unpublished) novels which are now in the LD collection 
at Carbondale - and she was the deceased muse who prompted his trip to 
Sicily - with disastrous literary results, as at least one member of this 
group will agree. RP
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 5:01 AM
Subject: Re: [ilds] ugly women

> Well, Michael, my comments aren't welcomed, but that won't stop me.  But 
> yes, I think you're identified a major trope in Durrellian studies:  the 
> feminine role in political activism.  It's now plain that Durrell is an 
> unmitigated sexist:  women who abandon their traditional roles also 
> abandon their feminine allure.  Look what happened to Justine after she 
> went off to that kibbutz in Palestine.  She became what?  Some 
> ill-groomed, grubby chicken plucker.  She cut her hair, butch style.  She 
> also probably stopped shaving her legs and painting her nails.  She became 
> so disgusting that LD couldn't bear to describe her in his main narrative. 
> That's what activism does to women.  Because of EOKA, Aphrodite of Amathus 
> has fled Cyprus, her birthplace, and left it to the herms, harpies, and 
> maenads (they're lurking under the flowers).  A prize to anyone who finds 
> the numinous woman on Cyprus, circa 1953.
> Bruce
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>>Sent: Jul 5, 2007 8:00 PM
>>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>Subject: [ilds] ugly women
>>We are told in these opening pages of Bitter Lemons of 'the unfolding
>>of the Cyprus tragedy' (page 11) and, perhaps not unconnectedly, that
>>the women are 'Very ugly ... Very ugly indeed' (page 17).  Later we are
>>told (page 103) about 'Sir Harry meditating on the double-sexed
>>Aphrodite whose priests wore beards and whose worshippers inverted
>>their dress -- and wondering whether the extraordinary number of
>>hermaphrodites on Cyprus did not betoken some forgotten race, bred for
>>the service of the temple'.  Perhaps this explains much.  No numinous
>>women for a start, only bearded EOKA terrorists.  The ugliness of
>>Cypriot women, and the prevalence of hermaphroditism on the island,
>>seem to be key themes in the Cyprus tragedy and deserving our
>>discussion on this list.  Contributions by hermaphrodites and those of
>>forgotten race would be especially welcome.
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