[ilds] Digested Classics: Justine

James Gifford odos.fanourios at gmail.com
Sat Nov 29 09:47:49 PST 2008

I'm fairly sure that "engorge-moi" is in the original /Justine/, ain't 
it?  Unlike Malcolm Bradbury's /Volumptia/, I think this satire is done 
in good faith -- the reason I think this satire fails, though, isn't 
because it fails to be funny but because some of the satire is actually 
quite lovely.

Does anyone else think this exceeds Bradbury's attempt at satire? 
Eagleton tried to do it for the opening of one of his talks at the 
Durrell School, but alas his satire of Durrell sounded nothing like 
Durrell, so it didn't go over too well...


Marc Piel wrote:
> What a lot of trash!!!!
> Even the french in it is bad: "Engorge-moi..." you 
> clog or block up a pipe but not a human being....
> On the right side of the text is an interesting 
> ad!!!!! Wish I could save it.
> Best regards,
> Marc
> gkoger at mindspring.com a écrit :
>> You may read the text of John Crace's "digested" version of /Justine/ for the /Guardian/ at:  
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2008/nov/29/digested-classics-justine-lawrence-durrell
>> The podcast (although I haven't tried it yet) should be available at:
>> http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/audio/2008/nov/29/digested-read-lawrence-durrell-justine
>> One memorable line: "We quailed with melodramatic intensity."
>> Grove Koger
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