[ilds] Pied Piper and Chocolate Block

RW HEDGES rwhedges at hotmail.co.uk
Tue Jan 20 00:54:56 PST 2009


 Yes, Thankyou both (David and James), I managed to get carried away with myself thinking that Choclolate block was an Aussie wine (it is however a must for the winter blues) and that Lawrence only appears as a wannabee troubadour in Geralds 'my family...'
 I must find Pied Piper of Lovers and Prosperos Cell. I am lacking.
  It's true I am an amatuer but a keen one. I read The Black Book near the Crystal Palace last year, whilst teaching a guitarist how to play parts off my first album. The streets around there are like a decrepid wedding cake, everything looms large and it always seems to be drizzle. Awful unless accompanied by such a writer. 
 To me, the image appeals of a heroic fake (although Lawrence was only a left toe of that), a kind of whimsy and woe is me spoilt poet, with a razor wit, caught short whilst taking a luke warm bath with a glass of Sauterne.
 Abit like John Fantes Arturo Bandini in Ask the Dust? Probably not.
 Anyway I will have to go away and do my homework like every good son.
 
 Another question I have. Is anyone going to Corfu this year? David Bellamy and others will be talking about Bottany at the Durrell school of Corfu. I'd love to go and just sit and listen to the ancient art of Greek gardening, amongst other subjects. I would even take my guitar and the vat of wine would also have to be aquired.
I know its ham/cheesy but I am going to live in Greece for a while in the next year or so.
  I Love Kefalonia and Paros and I am excited about teaching somewhere out there and trying to knuckle down and write.....
 Some of the music from 'Almanac'(my album) was written out there......It holds a key to creativity for me, and this was way before reading any Durrell, although great writers tend to help to construct personal myths.......your welcome to have a listen:
 
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 > From: ilds-request at lists.uvic.ca> Subject: ILDS Digest, Vol 22, Issue 9> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca> Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 12:00:05 -0800> > Send ILDS mailing list submissions to> ilds at lists.uvic.ca> > To subscribe or unsubscribe via the World Wide Web, visit> https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> or, via email, send a message with subject or body 'help' to> ilds-request at lists.uvic.ca> > You can reach the person managing the list at> ilds-owner at lists.uvic.ca> > When replying, please edit your Subject line so it is more specific> than "Re: Contents of ILDS digest..."> > > Today's Topics:> > 1. My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine (Denise Tart & David Green)> 2. Re: My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine (Charles Sligh)> 3. Re: My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine (Denise Tart & David Green)> 4. Re: My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine (James Gifford)> 5. Re: My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine (william godshalk)> 6. Re: My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine (Denise Tart & David Green)> > > ----------------------------------------------------------------------> > Message: 1> Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 08:19:50 +1100> From: "Denise Tart & David Green" <dtart at bigpond.net.au>> Subject: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> To: "Durrel" <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>> Message-ID: <C3B71B2A1C9741F8850E84DD67A1B97E at MumandDad>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="iso-8859-1"> > Dear RWH - and others> > The portrayal of Larry in My Family is what got me intersted in Lawrence. He was by far the most interested animal in the book. After reading My family once right through I used to skip the insect bits and cut straight to Larry and his strange artist mates, drinking wine and being vastly affected would be Bohemianism. Although Larry comes across as rather a pretentious, egotistical fop (vats of red wine, a guitar and Elizabethan love songs), he is also revealed as the surrogate father of the family and as an outrageously funny man. Gerry loved his brother but was not afraid to take the piss out of him as well. I was intrigued by this portrayal and have been reading LD ever since.> > Bitter Lemons is one of LD's best books. It is really a synthesis of the island books incorporating the best of their features: history and conjecture, peasant life and lore, brilliant landscape and 'spirit of place' and the captivating personality of the author himself along with the added dimension of political drama, subtly and beautifully told. It's no wonder he got the Duff Cooper prize for it. Even my wife liked it. we had some discussion of Bitter Lemons on this list a while back and it was generally agreed that it certainly written when LD was at the height of his powers.> > Lastly, wine; I have tracked down this Chocolate Block using google. is this it?> > The fact that it was made by a company named Boekenhoutskloof and was from South Africa was a definite bonus.> The color was a deep and dark crimson, sparkling with no turbidity. The nose was moderate showing ripe fruits, garrigue and just the faintest tough of bret. The palate had a medium-full body; not overly acidic (a French wine would have much more), and mouth-filling quality, no doubt due to the 14.5% alcohol that wasn't really noticeable. It had a slightly bitter and sweet quality that, God help me, reminded me of bittersweet chocolate. Not overly complex, it was smooth, fun and with a reasonable finish showing smooth tannins and a structure which lingered on in the mouth and the memory.The wine is made from an interesting blend of 44% Syrah, 21% Cabernet Sauvignon, 17% Grenache Noir, 12% Cinsault, and 6% Viognier. Cinsault (cinsaut in France) is a grape I don't see too often. The Oxford Companion to wine reports that it was the most common variety planted South Africa until 1993 when it was overtaken by Cabernet Sauvignon. It is used primarily as a blending grape to add arom!> a, suppleness, perfume, and fruitiness to wines. It was also crossed with Pinot Noir to produce Pinotage, which is now a very well respected grape in South African winemaking.> > David Green> > PS - Norman Douglas may be dated, but South Wind reads like a book of exquisite philosophy and boy can you see where LD got some of his characters from.> > 16 William Street> Marrickville NSW 2204> AUSTRALIA> +61 2 9564 6165> 0412 707 625> dtart at bigpond.net.au> -------------- next part --------------> An HTML attachment was scrubbed...> URL: http://lists.uvic.ca/pipermail/ilds/attachments/20090119/4c39922f/attachment-0001.html > > ------------------------------> > Message: 2> Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:49:55 -0500> From: Charles Sligh <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>> Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca> Message-ID: <4973C023.4040701 at utc.edu>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed> > Denise Tart & David Green wrote:> >> > PS - Norman Douglas may be dated, but South Wind reads like a book of > > exquisite philosophy and boy can you see where LD got some of his > > characters from.> <<<"'It's thirsty work talking like a Norman Douglas character.'">>>> > Can you place that quotation, David?> > /Salud/--> > Charles> > -- > ********************************************> Charles L. Sligh> Assistant Professor> Department of English> University of Tennessee at Chattanooga> charles-sligh at utc.edu> ********************************************> > > > ------------------------------> > Message: 3> Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 11:32:54 +1100> From: "Denise Tart & David Green" <dtart at bigpond.net.au>> Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> To: <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>, <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>> Message-ID: <00388FD9050A474AB9B2E821D5056E12 at MumandDad>> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";> reply-type=original> > Charles,> > Re: "'It's thirsty work talking like a Norman Douglas character.'"> > According to a work 'In Byron's Shadow: Modern Greece in English and > American Imagination' the quote if from the Count D in Prospero's Cell. It > is appropriate as, from what I have so far of South Wind, his characters > speak often in long reflective, contemplative or discursive dialogues, > frequently fueled by vinous libations or the appalling whiskey of Mr > Parker's 'club' for dissolute English expats (now I am starting to write > like him). Of course the Count is also saying that after a Norman Douglas > dialogue, one need a good drink to whet the whistle again, as we say here.> > This work 'In Byron's Shadow' looks most interesting. Have you read it? Can > you, ot others recommend it?> > David Green> > 16 William Street> Marrickville NSW 2204> Australia> +61 2 9564 6165> 0412 707 625> dtart at bigpond.net.au > > > > > ------------------------------> > Message: 4> Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 16:58:07 -0800> From: James Gifford <odos.fanourios at gmail.com>> Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> To: ilds at lists.uvic.ca> Message-ID: <4973D01F.1010403 at gmail.com>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset=ISO-8859-1; format=flowed> > Hi David,> > I can recommend /In Byron's Shadow/ without hesitation. I reviewed it > several years ago, and can repeat the gist -- I wished it had pursued > its 'postcolonial' theme more explicitly (it's implied but never said), > but as a study of the primary texts (and an amazing range of primary > texts!), it never fails. Roessel gives intriguing and enriching > interpretations, and he has an amazing ability to move back and forth > between seemingly disparate works. It's also quite enjoyable to read, > which I don't believe one can say about much academic criticism...> > Best,> James> > Denise Tart & David Green wrote:> > Charles,> >> > Re: "'It's thirsty work talking like a Norman Douglas character.'"> >> > According to a work 'In Byron's Shadow: Modern Greece in English and > > American Imagination' the quote if from the Count D in Prospero's Cell. It > > is appropriate as, from what I have so far of South Wind, his characters > > speak often in long reflective, contemplative or discursive dialogues, > > frequently fueled by vinous libations or the appalling whiskey of Mr > > Parker's 'club' for dissolute English expats (now I am starting to write > > like him). Of course the Count is also saying that after a Norman Douglas > > dialogue, one need a good drink to whet the whistle again, as we say here.> >> > This work 'In Byron's Shadow' looks most interesting. Have you read it? Can > > you, ot others recommend it?> >> > David Green> >> > 16 William Street> > Marrickville NSW 2204> > Australia> > +61 2 9564 6165> > 0412 707 625> > dtart at bigpond.net.au > >> >> > _______________________________________________> > ILDS mailing list> > ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> > https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> >> > > > > ------------------------------> > Message: 5> Date: Sun, 18 Jan 2009 18:53:10 -0500> From: william godshalk <godshawl at email.uc.edu>> Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> To: Charles-Sligh at utc.edu, ilds at lists.uvic.ca> Message-ID: <F7.7C.01209.DF304794 at gwout1>> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"; format=flowed> > No, but "boy" stands out.> > > At 06:49 PM 1/18/2009, you wrote:> >Denise Tart & David Green wrote:> > >> > > PS - Norman Douglas may be dated, but South Wind reads like a book of> > > exquisite philosophy and boy can you see where LD got some of his> > > characters from.> ><<<"'It's thirsty work talking like a Norman Douglas character.'">>>> >> >Can you place that quotation, David?> >> >/Salud/--> >> >Charles> >> >--> >********************************************> >Charles L. Sligh> >Assistant Professor> >Department of English> >University of Tennessee at Chattanooga> >charles-sligh at utc.edu> >********************************************> >> >_______________________________________________> >ILDS mailing list> >ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> >https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> > ***************************************> W. L. Godshalk *> Department of English *> University of Cincinnati Stellar disorder *> Cincinnati OH 45221-0069 *> 513-281-5927> ***************************************> > > > > ------------------------------> > Message: 6> Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 17:41:00 +1100> From: "Denise Tart & David Green" <dtart at bigpond.net.au>> Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> To: <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>> Message-ID: <2605DB4B611147F39D3AEA8C70B32D9A at MumandDad>> Content-Type: text/plain; format=flowed; charset="iso-8859-1";> reply-type=original> > I think the quotation in question was> > " It's thirty work talking like a Norman Douglas character"> > 'boy' had nothing to do with it and you said this just to make fun of me. I > wonder who is laughing?> > David.> > 16 William Street> Marrickville NSW 2204> +61 2 9564 6165> 0412 707 625> dtart at bigpond.net.au> ----- Original Message ----- > From: "william godshalk" <godshawl at email.uc.edu>> To: <Charles-Sligh at utc.edu>; <ilds at lists.uvic.ca>> Sent: Monday, January 19, 2009 10:53 AM> Subject: Re: [ilds] My Family, Bitter Lemons and wine> > > > No, but "boy" stands out.> >> >> > At 06:49 PM 1/18/2009, you wrote:> >>Denise Tart & David Green wrote:> >> >> >> > PS - Norman Douglas may be dated, but South Wind reads like a book of> >> > exquisite philosophy and boy can you see where LD got some of his> >> > characters from.> >><<<"'It's thirsty work talking like a Norman Douglas character.'">>>> >>> >>Can you place that quotation, David?> >>> >>/Salud/--> >>> >>Charles> >>> >>--> >>********************************************> >>Charles L. Sligh> >>Assistant Professor> >>Department of English> >>University of Tennessee at Chattanooga> >>charles-sligh at utc.edu> >>********************************************> >>> >>_______________________________________________> >>ILDS mailing list> >>ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> >>https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> >> > ***************************************> > W. L. Godshalk *> > Department of English *> > University of Cincinnati Stellar disorder *> > Cincinnati OH 45221-0069 *> > 513-281-5927> > ***************************************> >> >> > _______________________________________________> > ILDS mailing list> > ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> > https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> > > > > > > ------------------------------> > _______________________________________________> ILDS mailing list> ILDS at lists.uvic.ca> https://lists.uvic.ca/mailman/listinfo/ilds> > > End of ILDS Digest, Vol 22, Issue 9> ***********************************
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