[ilds] RG Bitter Lemons -- places of limitation

Michael Haag michaelhaag at btinternet.com
Sun Jul 8 19:53:28 PDT 2007

Durrell certainly liked constricted places, cut off places, places 
where his writ was cosmic.  World, as I say; one world or the other, 
and for Durrell the point was that this was not the real one.


On Monday, July 9, 2007, at 03:44  am, william godshalk wrote:

> Michael, you'll never get out of here alive.
> But I meant something more, shall we say, limited. Like Darley's
> island. Like islands in general. Like embassy compounds. Like a small
> town in southern France?
> Okay, you can always leave a town or an island or a compound. But at
> the same time these are isolated places in some sense. Even Clito's
> wine shop is an enclosed place. He won't let his wife in (though
> later he is taken home by his daughter). Thank god for daughters, I 
> say.
> And doesn't this chapter move from the "big picture" of an island in
> change to the pictures on a wine shop wall. The wine shop in itself
> is a liminal place for Durrell. A special of male companionship,
> where all come together in  -- drink. As Charlie suggests.
> Bill
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