[ilds] Esprit de Corps

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Tue Oct 23 17:16:07 PDT 2007

Yes, David, but *which* cheap paperback?  {wink}  Would we be inclined 
to read this different if we first saw it in the pages of _Playboy_?  I 
don't recall if some Antrobus stories had their first appearance there 
or if they were just syndicated...  Regardless, I'm sure Durrell was 
delighted to be published there -- it paid the best!

I must agree with Marc that I've just never found Antrobus particularly 
funny, though I see why it's meant to be, and I find Durrell very funny 
elsewhere.  It's rather odd, and I think Marc has his finger on the 
problem, but I'll look forward to your comments.  Let me know if you 
find yourself confronting that grimly delivered humour or if there's a 
twinge of self-ridicule in the ridiculous antics put onto other groups 
as well.

But, I suppose this means I now need to dig up a library copy since all 
of mine are back in Edmonton!


ps: I've been glancing at the book on Durrell's humour a few times 
during this exchange today.

Denise Tart & David Green wrote:
> 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
> Marc! I gather you are French and are in mourning over France's defeats in 
> the Rugby World Cup? As a terrible Francophile I am in mourning also - for 
> my Aussie team as well who did even worse.
> Yes, the British humour can be tricky - but I think Antrobus is a good place 
> to go and will dig out my copy; cheap paperback of course.
> David Green
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