[ilds] michael wood on durrell

Bruce Redwine bredwine1968 at earthlink.net
Sat Dec 20 11:49:43 PST 2008


Wood is right, but so what?

Bruce



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On Dec 20, 2008, at 10:46 AM, Charles Sligh <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>  
wrote:

> Subscribers to the LRB will wish to check this article in full.
>
> For the rest, a sample follows here.
>
> CLS
>
> ***
>
> http://www.lrb.co.uk/v31/n01/wood01_.html
>
> 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 bac 
>> k.’
>> It’s an eerie and sobering thought for writers who have been tryin 
>> g 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 ther 
>> e is
>> a mystery in Conrad it’s inscrutable, if there’s a tangle in Durr 
>> ell
>> it’s inextricable. And to stay with the latter: if there’s a  
>> treasury
>> it’s inexhaustible, creatures of habit are inveterate, dusk is bl 
>> ue,
>> shadows and trams are violet, dawn is mauve – but then so are voi 
>> ces
>> and a mosque.
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