[ilds] baboonism

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sat Jul 7 22:57:55 PDT 2007


Well, let's say (whatever the funny hats he may wear) that the man 
comes through.  But it is his doing, not my invention.

:Michael



On Sunday, July 8, 2007, at 06:29  am, James Gifford wrote:

> I think we're getting closer to articulating what we both really mean
> here, so it's been a useful (pragmatism again...) exercise.
>
> You say Durrell changes but is still recongisable in his travel books 
> (I
> won't say "non-fiction").  That's probably more useful for both of us
> than "always the same man" or "self with a core identity."  I doubt I
> can access that unchanging man or core identity in myself, let along an
> author I only know through words in a fiction book.  I'm certainly not
> the same man I was when my first academic article was published
> (actually, it was the first paper I wrote after I finished my 
> undergrad,
> with all the flaws of such a thing going to press unedited...).  A
> changing yet recognisable cloud of potentially contradictory traits and
> affiliations (always plural too) would seem far closer to Durrell's 
> view
> as well.
>
> But, if we aren't to trust what he says in an interview, then why 
> should
> we trust what we read in his books?  I think your answer will be that
> you recognise that continuity, which I will certainly grant you and
> admit I do as well, but isn't that something that's 'reader imminent'
> rather than an authorial intention?
>
> I suppose I want to have my cake, on a plate, and eat it too -- I want
> the author, the text, and the reader.  I get cranky when one's missing,
> just like when my plate's empty or the cake is in my hands.  Worst of
> all is having the cake on a plate without me there...
>
> Best,
> James
>
> Michael Haag wrote:
>> I am certainly not saying that Durrell remains unchanged.  He does
>> change; he has experiences, he reflects on them, he saddens, he grows,
>> etc; but he is still recognisably Durrell.  And what Durrell may say
>> about human character in an interview (or in a book) does not alter
>> that continuity that we read in his work.
>>
>> :Michael
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