[ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- maps

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Fri Jul 6 13:18:27 PDT 2007

Good story.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Richard Pine <richardpin at eircom.net>
>Sent: Jul 6, 2007 12:24 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- maps
>When I visited LD in 1988, he had just received the advance copy of The 
>Mediterranean Shore . 'I've been analysed by Hogarth!' - he loved the 
>recurrence of names (this one of course from Dark Labyrinth). 'I can lend it 
>to you overnight, but you must bring it back - this copy - it's for Gerry'. 
>And the next day he had had a seizure and I had difficulty gaining access to 
>the house and to return the book (which I did).
>----- Original Message ----- 
>From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>To: "Durrell list" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
>Sent: Friday, July 06, 2007 7:39 PM
>Subject: Re: [ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- maps
>> We need to get our bearings, as Pamela Francis suggests, with a touch of 
>> exasperation, the sigh of "boys will be boys," I think.  Right.  Well, 
>> back to my question about maps, why doesn't Durrell insist on any, by and 
>> large, for his travel books?  Wouldn't this be a selling point?  The only 
>> one I can think of is the one in Sicilian Carousel.  (I suspect Faber made 
>> him do it.)  I offer this proposition -- he doesn't want any.  Being a 
>> good Romantic, Durrell knows that once you map a territory, it's no longer 
>> Romantic.  Maps kill Romanticism.  He wants terra incognita, where he can 
>> do as he pleases.  His islands are mythic landscapes, full of exotic names 
>> and strange creatures (Aphrodite's hermaphrodites), which he tosses 
>> around, notes in the marginalia of his story (like medieval MSS --  
>> palimpsests), and makes little or no attempt to be realistic or modern. 
>> So, the illustrations are also antique, 19th century or earlier.   They're 
>> what was called "picturesque" in the late 18!
>> th century.  When we do see contemporary photographs, it's something 
>> forced on him, or they're so full of ruins that you think you're 
>> accompanying a David Roberts on his journeys through Egypt and the Holy 
>> Land.  Anyone see the beautiful picture book, Paul Hogarth's The 
>> Mediterranean Shore:  Travels in Lawrence Durrell Country, intro. by LD 
>> (1988)?  That's another kind of imaginative recreation of Durrell's world, 
>> which he obviously endorsed.
>> Bruce
>> -----Original Message-----
>>>From: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
>>>Sent: Jul 5, 2007 9:18 PM
>>>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>>Subject: Re: [ilds] DG Bitter Lemons -- cyprus collector
>>>I rather like the woodcuts in Bitter Lemons.  A nice Crusader air.  But 
>>>why didn't Durrell provide a map of the island?  One is much needed.  For 
>>>example, when he lands at Limassol, the southern side of the island, I 
>>>have no sense that the taxi drive traverses the fat part of the island to 
>>>reach Kyrenia in the north, a journey of perhaps 100 miles.  I guess you 
>>>could argue that all the ouzo shortens time and distance.

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