[ilds] Esprit de Corps

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Tue Oct 23 13:53:11 PDT 2007

Bill, you're too kind to Durrell at his worst.


-----Original Message-----
>From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>
>Sent: Oct 23, 2007 1:39 PM
>To: Bruce Redwine <bredwine1968 at earthlink.net>, ilds at lists.uvic.ca
>Subject: Re: [ilds] Esprit de Corps
>Remember that life is a jest and all things show it -- even Durrell'sEsprit de Corps. 
>At 04:18 PM 10/23/2007, you wrote:
>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 Iwas 
>>> talking about the politics of Durrell's works), but thedeliberately 
>>> humorous accounts of Antrobus reveal a deeply felt ambiguityover 
>>> diplomacy, just as Woolcott expresses...  I wonder if it'sviable to 
>>> retrace the cutting political edge of the first Antrobus seriesfocusing 
>>> on the Balkans in particular?
>>> I suspect Durrell experienced or struggled with similar feelingsto 
>>> those articulated by Woolcott -- if it were not for the genuinesense of 
>>> horror with which he discusses politics in Belgrade, we mightmistake 
>>> Antrobus for a ridiculous sketch, but perhaps there's somethingdark and 
>>> horrible in there as well.  Humm...
>>> Best,
>>> Jamie
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