[ilds] michael wood on durrell

Charles Sligh Charles-Sligh at utc.edu
Sat Dec 20 10:46:34 PST 2008

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Sink or Skim
Michael Wood
London Review of Books
1 Jan 2009
> * Clea by Lawrence Durrell
> ‘At night,’ Roland Barthes once wrote, ‘the adjectives come back.’ 
> It’s an eerie and sobering thought for writers who have been trying to 
> clean up their act during the day, but for Lawrence Durrell as for 
> Conrad adjectives don’t come back because they never left. If there is 
> a mystery in Conrad it’s inscrutable, if there’s a tangle in Durrell 
> it’s inextricable. And to stay with the latter: if there’s a treasury 
> it’s inexhaustible, creatures of habit are inveterate, dusk is blue, 
> shadows and trams are violet, dawn is mauve – but then so are voices 
> and a mosque.
Charles L. Sligh
Assistant Professor
Department of English
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
charles-sligh at utc.edu

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