[ilds] baboonism

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sat Jul 7 18:22:54 PDT 2007

Maybe Durrell should have shat on the page.  That would have kept 
academics happy in their search for truth.


On Sunday, July 8, 2007, at 02:04  am, william godshalk wrote:

> Bruce, I agree that the idea of multiple personalities (which Durrell 
> recurrently writes about) is strained. But there is absolutely a 
> different between the words that Durrell puts on the page and the man 
> himself -- the man who lived and died. We find historical traces of 
> this Durrell. But words on a page will never (I believe) be the same 
> as this man who shits. See Ernest Becker's The Denial of Death and 
> Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being for starters. How 
> can words on a page have a copy identity?
> Bill
> I question that, that Lawrence Durrell is his own created fiction, who 
> invents and reinvents himself whenever he writes.  This implies he 
> could be anything he wanted to be.  He isn't.  He is a single 
> personality with a unique vision and a unique manner of expressing 
> it.  That's what we read and respond to.  He is a self with a core 
> identity, not a schizophrenic with multiple personalities.  The fact 
> he alters the reality around him for the purposes of storytelling -- 
> that I consider incidental.  Writers and artists like to propagate 
> ideas about having multiple selves -- Keats most famously -- but I 
> don't believe it.  I see Keats as one person who could project his 
> imagination into different contexts.  The same with Durrell.
> Bruce
> -----Original Message-----
> >From: James Gifford <odos.fanourios at gmail.com>
> >Sent: Jul 7, 2007 4:13 PM
> >To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
> >Subject: Re: [ilds] baboonism
> >
> >Bruce,
> >
> >It may be a 'postmodern move' (whatever that means), but the Durrell 
> of
> >his autobiographical travel narratives is certainly a character, often
> >with very little in common with what the biographical author actually
> >got up to.
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