[ilds] RG Bitter Lemons --The Tree of Idleness -- bananas

Richard Pine richardpin at eircom.net
Fri Jul 20 09:15:23 PDT 2007

For really imaginative travel writing, based on fact but highly elaborated, 
try GD's 25-or-so very witty but also deeply felt accounts of his 
(ad)ventures. Starting of course with the non-N, ever-present L in My 
Some of them (The Aye-Aye and I, 'Three Singles to Adventure) are some of 
the best reads one could hope for.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Bruce Redwine" <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>
To: "Richard Pine" <richardpin at eircom.net>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>
Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 2:52 PM
Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Bitter Lemons --The Tree of Idleness -- bananas

> Yes.  Michael Haag once pointed out to me that in travel writing readers 
> expect to hear "tall tales."  And I seem to recall, vaguely, that the 
> medieval genre of this form started out being just that, fiction disguised 
> as fact.  I will add, however, that I began reading Durrell's traveling 
> writing expecting it to be fact.  Then I read Sicilian Carousel and 
> realized the man was inventing everything except the landscape.
> Bruce
> -----Original Message-----
>>From: Richard Pine <richardpin at eircom.net>
>>Sent: Jul 20, 2007 1:54 AM
>>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Bitter Lemons --The Tree of Idleness -- bananas
>>I've just been informed that - in Canada at least - 'travel writing' 
>>(whatever that is) is listed under 'Creative Non-fiction' - does that help 
>>us categorise (if we must) Bitter Lemons?
>>  ----- Original Message ----- 
>>  From: william godshalk
>>  To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>>  Sent: Friday, July 20, 2007 3:26 AM
>>  Subject: Re: [ilds] RG Bitter Lemons --The Tree of Idleness -- bananas
>>  Charlie sent me this. It makes you think, as so and so used to say. 
>> Poetic images and reality mix.
>>  At 10:04 PM 7/19/2007, you wrote:
>>    The Villa nestles within the wonderful subtropical banana plantations. 
>> It has a stunning, panoramic view of Banana Bay, with its turquoise clear 
>> waters and breathtaking sunsets. This is a very, very special location. 
>> Plantation House is secluded and peaceful yet within easy reach of the 
>> shops, restaurants bars and supermarkets at Coral Bay Resort - which is 
>> just a short drive away. A little further on is the Akamas peninsula with 
>> it outstanding natural beauty
>>    Take an 15 minute drive to Paphos Town with its tourist area and 
>> quaint harbour and castle surrounded by a great selection of fish 
>> restaurants and taverns. The Archaeological Park is here with some of the 
>> world's most famous mosaics.
>> http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.cyprusonline.co.uk/Villaimages/2584_1.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.cyprusonline.co.uk/Holiday_Villas/Kissonerga/Kissonerga_1.htm&h=170&w=270&sz=16&hl=en&start=5&tbnid=KqPnXRaEIt_6pM:&tbnh=71&tbnw=113&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbanana%2Bplantation%2Bcyprus%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dfirefox-a%26rls%3Dorg.mozilla:en-US:official%26hs%3DzH2
>>    So pack your ermines, Mary­We are getting out of here right now­I've 
>> seen this happen before­
>>    C&c.
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