[ilds] RG Bitter Lemons -- places of limitation

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Mon Jul 9 10:40:11 PDT 2007

Okay, this sounds right, but what about the great stress on being a toper?  There's something frenetic about Durrell's praise of being a big drinker, which I don't recall in the earlier literature.  Much more than Homer allusions and male-bonding seems to be going on here.  Given the break-up of his first marriage and now the second, is he off in search of a "gorgeous drunk?"  Does he need alcohol to create his refuge?


-----Original Message-----
>From: Michael Haag <michaelhaag at btinternet.com>
>Sent: Jul 8, 2007 7:53 PM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Bitter Lemons -- places of limitation
>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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