[ilds] Esprit de Corps

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 23 13:18:34 PDT 2007

I agree.


-----Original Message-----
>From: Marc Piel <marcpiel at interdesign.fr>
>Sent: Oct 23, 2007 11:58 AM
>To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Esprit de Corps
>As a "commun des mortels" I have always found this 
>writing a denunciation of an impossible 
>"political" and "british" situation. Never have I 
>found it funny!!! Not even the rather good 
>drawings by a member of Pentagram (he was just 
>doing what he was paid for).
>Marc Piel
>James Gifford wrote:
>> An intriguing reference Charles!!
>> I never thought of it (though I ought to have in August when I was 
>> talking about the politics of Durrell's works), but the deliberately 
>> humorous accounts of Antrobus reveal a deeply felt ambiguity over 
>> diplomacy, just as Woolcott expresses...  I wonder if it's viable to 
>> retrace the cutting political edge of the first Antrobus series focusing 
>> on the Balkans in particular?
>> I suspect Durrell experienced or struggled with similar feelings to 
>> those articulated by Woolcott -- if it were not for the genuine sense of 
>> horror with which he discusses politics in Belgrade, we might mistake 
>> Antrobus for a ridiculous sketch, but perhaps there's something dark and 
>> horrible in there as well.  Humm...
>> Best,
>> Jamie

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