[ilds] peasants

NETSPACE ACCOUNT drmood at netspace.net.au
Fri Jan 2 14:04:36 PST 2009

Oui, oui marc but one must remember LD's self transcendence imperative  
with it's consequential objectivity of ideation conveniently fostered  
his skills as a writer (and peudo-psychiatrist)....at LD's level of  
mindfulness, it too honed in reverse by his plethoric verbiphilia, the  
emotional landscape begins to contour in response to the affectivity  
of his personhood.


peculair sense if self

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On 02/01/2009, at 10:51, Marc Piel <marcpiel at interdesign.fr> wrote:

> I think that probabbly LD integrated!!! And became
> part of the landscape. That is a richness that few
> are able to achieve. Just guessing, but Douglas
> must have judged and measured by standards that
> came from elsewhere. Just finished The Great
> Gatsby: Fitzgerald understood the people he wrote
> about. I have always maintained that LD must have
> lived what he wrote about: that is what grabbed me
> by the guts (and still does).
> BR
> Marc
> Denise Tart & David Green a écrit :
>> Something that is emerging from the pages of Old Calabria is a very
>> different treatment of the local peasants by Douglas compared to
>> Durrell. Douglas describes melancholy villages, medieval  
>> superstition to
>> the point of imbecility, incompetent local administration and  
>> people not
>> only 'nasty, brutush and short', but also bereft of soul and spirit  
>> by
>> the unending grind of daily existence - a far cry from the merry
>> characters that Larry portrays - father Nicholas, Manoli the  
>> philosopher
>> fisherman, the likeable rogue Frangos, to name but a few. Of course
>> Larry lived closer to the peasants than Douglas, whose view seems far
>> more patrician, and perhaps Greek island peasants are more contented
>> souls, but is worth asking the question of whether Larry romanticises
>> his peasants somewhat?
>> So far, from my readings of Old Calabria, I understand why so many
>> Italian immigrants to Australia, and doubtless the USA also, came  
>> from
>> this region - and Sicily!
>> David
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